Professor Kate Auty

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Professor Kate Auty

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Member and Barrister, Victorian Bar
Chair, National eResearch Collaborative Tools And Research Advisory Board, NCRIS
Chair, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, The University of Melbourne
Chair, Transforming Human Societies Advisory Committee, La Trobe University
Member, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, NCRIS
Member, Murray Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee on Social Economic and Environmental Sciences
Member, Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation
Member, Securing Food Water and Environment Advisory Committee, La Trobe University

Current Positions

Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Melbourne
Member and Barrister, Victorian Bar
Chair, National eResearch Collaborative Tools And Research Advisory Board, NCRIS
Chair, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, The University of Melbourne
Chair, Transforming Human Societies Advisory Committee, La Trobe University
Member, Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, NCRIS
Member, Murray Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee on Social Economic and Environmental Sciences
Member, Macpherson Smith Rural Foundation
Member, Securing Food Water and Environment Advisory Committee, La Trobe University


Previous Positions

Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, Victorian Government
Chair, Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation, Victorian Government
Member, Premier's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, Victorian Government
Magistrate, Magistrates Court of Western Australia
Coroner, Coroners Court of Western Australia
Mining Warden, Western Australia
Magistrate and Koori Court Magistrate, Magistrates Court of Victoria
VCAT Member, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Coroner, Coroners Court of Victoria

Areas of Expertise

Business Food and Agriculture, Social and Environmental Responsibility
Government Environmental Sustainability, Indigenous
Not for Profit Community Development, Community Engagement, Conservation and Heritage, Indigenous, Rural and Regional Development, Women

Biography

Professor Kate Auty is the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Prior to this, she was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

Kate holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science, law and history, having graduated from University of Melbourne (Arts Hons/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science), and La Trobe University (PhD in Law and Legal Studies). She also holds a Diploma of International Environmental Law from UNITAR. Kate is member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where she worked to incorporate an understanding of the underlying issues across a very broad spectrum of sectors.

Her career has seen her undertake a number of consultancies, including the development of curriculum and reports on natural resource management, native title, Indigenous issues, and the choices facing local government in regard to a rapidly changing climate.

She has formerly held appointments as a magistrate in Victoria and in the goldfields and western desert of Western Australia, in both positions establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in consultation with Aboriginal people.

In 2008, Kate was appointed a Charles Joseph La Trobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at La Trobe University. In 2008 and 2009, she was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and also a member of the Premier's Reference Committee on Climate Change.

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