Career Summary

Tess joined the University in January 2014, having previously worked for a Supreme Court Judge and as a dispute resolution lawyer for two leading law firms and the Federal Government.

As part of her role at the University, Tess works closely with the Academic Division to provide advice on complex cases and the key policies and processes that impact upon the way that the University engages with its students. Tess also advises on a range of matters including commercial and international contracts, administrative law, dispute resolution, compliance and University policy and procedures.


Tess holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (French and Spanish) from the University of Queensland as well as a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.  In 2014, Tess was awarded a Master of Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne.

Tess is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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