Senior Solicitor

After graduating, Katherine commenced with the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in Canberra. While with DEEWR, Katherine worked in both the Corporate Legal and the Workplace Relations Legal Teams, gaining her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at ANU in 2009.

At DEEWR she was involved in the drafting of the Modern Award and Minimum Wages sections of the Fair Work Act 2009 and also involved in the drafting of the Commonwealth Paid Parental leave Scheme. Katherine was also heavily involved in the consultation, drafting and explanatory material required for the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009. Katherine then returned to Melbourne where she worked as solicitor at an employment rights community legal centre, where she advised and represented clients in unfair dismissal, general protections and discrimination matters, giving her valuable experience in servicing individual litigants in employment matters.

Since joining the VGSO Katherine has been involved in matters in the Supreme Court, the County Court, Fair Work Australia, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has settled numerous discrimination complaints and has recently ran two judicial review matters at the Supreme Court.

Katherine is currently on a part-time secondment with the Legal Services Department of Victoria Police where she represents Victoria Police in discrimination complaints and advises on a broad range of employment issues including termination, recovery of overpayments, leave entitlement and discipline under the Police Regulation Act 1958, the VPS Agreement and the VPS Workplace Determination 2012. Katherine continues to take an active role in disciplinary matters across the VPS as well as both State and Federal discrimination actions.

Professional Associations:

  • Law Institute of Victoria