BEc, LLB, LLM (USyd), MBA (Monash), PhD (Law) (USyd), AO, FASSA

Law and Legal Studies

One of the issues I am currently working on is the use of behavioural economics (or nudge theory) to improve the efficiency of the justice system.

The Fair Work Commission is currently developing an ‘innovation hub’ – a web based collaborative space to share the innovative work of courts, tribunals and related government agencies. A number of international foundation partners who have agreed to be involved, including ACAS and the Labour Relations Agency from the UK and the UK Office of the Director of Labour Market Enforcement.

The website will feature information about partner organisations’ projects and events related to justice innovation. The content will cover access to justice, professional development, online dispute resolution, and behavioural insights, amongst others. A library page will store resources and documents uploaded by partners, and the site will promote group discussion and allow users to follow projects of interest. Partners are encouraged to contribute by periodically sharing and updating projects and events and by participating in forum discussions.

We aim to launch the website around late-November 2019. It is hoped that academics with an interest in the application of behavioural economics to public policy will participate in the project.

1 November 2007 - appointed Judge of the County Court of Victoria

9 November 2009 – appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria

1 April 2010 – appointed President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

1 March 2012 to 18 November 2022 – Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and President of Fair Work Australia (now Fair Work Commission)

2000 – awarded a Centenary Medal for Service as Vice President of the AIRC and in 2005 Officer of the Order of Australia

1. Co-editor Works Councils in Australia: future prospects and possibilities, the Federation Press, November 2002

2. Journal of Judicial Administration (AIJA), Promoting Tribunal Excellence, (2012) 21 JJA 135

3. Past Editor, Federal Industrial Laws, Lexis Nexis

4. Principal Author, with John Trew QC and Tim Sharard, Bargaining Under Work Choices, Lexis Nexis 2006