Esther has worked continuously in government law for the past 10 years, initially at the Office of the Information Commissioner and for the past six years in the Administrative Law Team at Crown Law.
She has a particular interest in assisting government agencies in responding to applications brought under the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI Act) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (IP Act). Esther has resolved a number of privacy complaints in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) and often advises departmental clients on risk management strategies in relation to these types of matters.
- Responding to applications for judicial review brought in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and District Court.
- Acting for the Parole Board Queensland in respect of decisions made under the Corrective Services Act 2006 and the Medical Assessment Tribunal (in its various specialties) in relation to decisions made under the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003.
- Providing practical advice on statutory interpretation and administrative law generally.
- Advised the Commissioner on the application of the RTI Act during the course of the Qld Floods Commission of Inquiry.
- Drafting decisions under the now-repealed Freedom of Information Act 1992 and the RTI Act and IP Act.
- Managing high profile litigation, including:
– judicial review proceedings under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 in the Federal Court in respect of a decision by the National Native Title Tribunal to permit a future act by Adani Mining on land which was the subject of an unresolved native title claim (Burragubba on behalf of the Wangan and Jagalingou People v State of Queensland  FCA 373)
– litigation brought in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Court of Appeal and QCAT in relation to quarantine notices issued under the Stock Act 1915 in circumstances where the outcome had the potential to affect quarantine policies within Queensland as they relate to cattle and Australia’s internal exporting reputation.