Senior Solicitor
JD, BSocSc

Current practice

Retta practises in government and public law providing advice and litigation services to a variety of clients, particularly in human rights, discrimination and administrative law matters.  
 
Retta regularly provides advice to government departments and agencies on their obligations under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, advises on policy and legislative development, drafts Statements of Compatibility, and conducts litigation in matters where human rights issues are raised.  She has a particular interest in assisting clients to efficiently incorporate human rights functions into their decision-making processes, in order to achieve high quality, effective, fair and robust administrative decisions.
 
In addition to her human rights work, Retta also has a broader administrative law practice.  She has substantial expertise in freedom of information, privacy, judicial review, merits review, regulatory compliance and professional disciplinary matters, public sector governance, and in providing advice on questions of complex statutory interpretation.  Retta's recent work has included providing various advice regarding changes to the administrative and governance arrangements for Victoria's courts and tribunals arising from the establishment of Court Services Victoria.
 

Experience

Retta joined the VGSO in 2011 and has undertaken work for a wide range of State government clients in relation to the development, application and interpretation of legislation.  This has included advising on administrative decision-making, conducting civil litigation, and providing a range of legal services relating to the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
 
She has considerable experience conducting litigation matters before the Supreme Court (in both the Trial Division and the Court of Appeal) and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (in both its original and review jurisdictions), and has assisted clients to successfully resolve disputes without proceeding to a hearing. 
 
Retta has a practical understanding of legislative and government processes, which has been further developed through secondments to Victoria Police and the Department of Education and Training.
 
Prior to coming to the VGSO, Retta worked for several years at a specialist community legal centre, providing assistance to individuals in relation to residential tenancy and consumer issues.  
 

Memberships and professional associations

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the LIV's Administrative Law and Human Rights Section
  • Australian Institute of Administrative Law
  • International Commission of Jurists Australia