Ms Ann Apps

Ms Ann Apps


Newcastle Law School (Law)

Career Summary


Ann joined Newcastle Law School as a lecturer in 2010. She was previously employed as a solicitor in regional New South Wales where she has practised in the areas of civil litigation, property and commercial law.  Her broader research interests include co-operative law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and legal models for social enterprise.  Ann is actively engaged in the promotion of co-operative education in the Australian tertiary sector. She is a member of Ius Cooperativum a community of international co-operative lawyers and is a member of the editorial committee for the International Co-operative Law Journal, see

Research Expertise
Ann is currently enrolled as a PhD student at University of Newcastle . Her thesis topic is  "Why can't we co-operate? the impact of law and regulatory policy on the development and growth of co-operative enterprise in Australia."Her research  thesis by publication explores the way that law and regulatory policy impact on co-operative businesses in Australia. Her supervisors are  Dr Tim Connor and Professor Christoph Antons. Ann has made submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Co-operative, Mutual and Member Owned Businesses in 2016 and the Treasury Round-table on Co-operatives, Mutuals and Member Owned Firms in 2017.  her submissions were referenced in the Senate Economic reference Committee's final report in 2016 and in the Independent Facilitator's report (the Hammond review) in 2018. Ann has provided consultancy services to the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) and was a member of the Co-op Builder team involved in developing the content for an online resource for new co-operatives who need assistance  drafting their constitutions and formation documents. The resource was originally funded by and developed for the federally funded Farm Co-ops and Collaboration Pilot program. However a generic version of the Co-op Builder tool is no available on the BCCM's Get Mutual website at

Teaching Expertise
Ann teaches Contract Law to students in the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor programs,  Co-operative Law and Governance in the postgraduate MBA and Graduate Certificate in Co-operative Organisation and co-teaches with Dr Tim Connor the elective Corporate Power and Accountability, Pathways to Socially Responsible Business in the LLM and MBA programs. She has previously taught Foundations of Law and Law of Business Organisations to students enrolled in BComm and BBus programs and Conveyancing to students enrolled in the Legal Practice program.

Administrative Expertise
Ann is currently a member of the Faculty of Business and Law Teaching and Learning Committee (2017) and is acting program Convenor for the Juris Doctor graduate law program.  She was a member of the Faculty Board (2011 - 2013).


  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Technology Sydney
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Certificate in Occupational Hlth&Safe Man, University of New South Wales


  • Breach of Statutory Duty
  • Business Law
  • Co-operative Law and Governance
  • Contracts
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporations Law
  • Mutuals
  • Social Enterprise
  • Teaching and Learning
  • corporate social responsibility


  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180109 Corporations and Associations Law 80
180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession 10
180126 Tort Law 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2001 - 1/11/2009 Sessional Academic University of Wollongong
Faculty of Law

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/3/2007 - 1/1/2010 Solicitor Andrew Warren Associates


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Ross N, Apps AE, Campbell S, 'Shaping the future lawyer: connecting students with clients in first-year law', Legal Education: Simulation in Theory and Practice, Ashgate, London 67-86 (2014) [B1]
Co-authors Sher Campbell, Nicola Ross

Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Apps A, 'A Legal Identity for Mutuals Distinguishing between profit and purpose', Company and Securities Law Journal, 36 552-552 (2019) [C1]
2016 Apps AE, 'Legislating for co-operative identity: The new co-operatives national law in Australia', Company and Securities Law Journal, 34 6-29 (2016) [C1]
2015 Foster NJ, Apps A, 'The neglected tort Breach of statutory duty and workplace injuries under the Model Work Health and Safety Law', Australian Journal of Labour Law, 28 57-73 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Neil Foster

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Grimstad S, Apps A, 'Re-igniting the transformative power of co-operative education in Australia', Berlin (2019)
Co-authors Sidsel Grimstad
2019 Apps A, 'ICA CCR European Research Conference,', Does Law Matter? The impact of competition law and policy on Australian dairy co-operatives. , Humboldt University, Berlin. (2019)
2011 Ross NM, Campbell SA, Apps AE, 'Up close and personal - Creating a simulated client experience for first year law students', 14th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference 2011, Brisbane, QLD (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Nicola Ross, Sher Campbell

Other (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Apps A, 'Apps, A. (2019), An introduction to co-operative law in Australia ,', (2019) [O1]
2019 Apps A, ' Oceania and the Pacific, Legal Framework Analysis, Australia, NZ and Vanuatu. ', (2019) [O1]
2018 Grimstad S, Apps A, 'Learning on the go Using action research in education to better understand the opportunities and threats facing co-op start-ups in the agricultural sector in Australia', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Sidsel Grimstad
2018 Apps A, Grimstad S, 'Alternative Futures and Regional Prospects Symposium. Working across Differences, beyond Carbon, Capital and Commodity ', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Sidsel Grimstad
2018 Apps A, Grimstad S, ' Restoring the Neighbourhood. Co-operative and co-housing solutions to the chaotic impacts of urban living ', (2018) [O1]
Co-authors Sidsel Grimstad
2018 Apps A, ' Demutualisation and the intergenerational challenge the impacts of competition law and policy on Australian dairy co-operatives. ', (2018) [O1]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $16,850

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20172 grants / $16,850

Farming Together/Co-op Builder$11,850

Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding body Southern Cross University
Project Team Ms Ann Apps
Scheme Shared
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo G1701327
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112

Co Operative Housing Research$5,000

Funding body: Common Equity NSW

Funding body Common Equity NSW
Project Team Doctor Sidsel Grimstad, Ms Ann Apps, Dr Louise Crabtree, Dr Neil Perry, Professor Peter Phibbs, Dr Emma Power, Dr Joanne McNeill
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701613
Type Of Funding C3112 - Aust Not for profit
Category 3112

Ms Ann Apps


Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area


Contact Details

Phone 49218610
Fax 49216931


Room X-530
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus