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Name: Allan Anforth

D.O.B: 15 June 1955 

Contact details: 

Canberra Chambers 
1st Floor, AMP Building
CANBERRA

PO Box 421 
Canberra 2601.

Ph 0416030384; 0262577047; Fax 02 62629656. 
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Qualifications:

1. Master of Laws (UC) 

2. Graduate Diploma in Public Law (ANU) 

3. Diploma of Laws (Solicitors Admission Board) (SU) 

4. Bachelor of Science (UNSW) 

5. Master of Science (SUT) 

6. PhD (science) (Usyd) in progress

7. Patent Examiner and Patent Attorney exams 

Informal qualifications:

Over the years I have attended and completed a range of short courses not all of which I now recall: 

1. Patent Examiner Examinations 

2. Veterans law training course (1 week full time) 

3. Refugee law training course 

4. Conflict Resolution training course 

5. NSW Public Service Regulation 127 exams on court processes 

Membership of Associations & Institutions:

1. Solicitor and Barrister of Supreme Court of ACT and High Court 
2. A.C.T. Bar Association
3. Canberra Astronomical Society

Positions Presently Held: 

1. Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Canberra 

2. Barrister in practice at the ACT bar and nationally 

3. Part time senior member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal 

4. Part time lecturer law University of NSW – administrative law and therapeutic goods; 

5. Honorary Ambassador of the ACT 

6. Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Public Positions Previous Held: 

1. Part time member of the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal 

2. Part time member of NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal

3. Part time President of the ACT Consumer and Trader Tribunal

4. Part time member of the ACT Residential Tenancies Tribunal

5. Merits Reviewer under the Refugee Convention

6. Part time member Veterans Review Board

7. Part time member of the ACT Essential Services Consumer Council

8. Part time member of the ACT Credit Tribunal

9. Part time lecturer in law at the University of Canberra

10. Foundation member of Administrative Law Institute of Australia

11. Part time member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal

12. Director ACT Council of Social Services

13. Foundation member of the Conflict Resolution Service of ACT

14. Chair and Deputy Chair of Agents Board of A.C.T.

15. Part time member of the Drugs of Dependence Board of A.C.T.

16. Member of Ministerial Advisory Committee for fixing costs in federal jurisdictions

17. Chair person of People First Inc, an advocacy organisation for people with disabilities

18. Member of Ministerial Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of A.C.T.

19. Part time lecturer in welfare law at Canberra TAFE.

20. Board member of Welfare Rights and Legal Centre (April 1993-Nov 1996)

21. Member of Ministerial Access to Justice Advisory Committee of A.C.T.

22. Member of Ministerial Ethnic Aged Care Advisory Committee (ACT) 

23. Chair, Community Services & Health Industry Training and Advisory Board of ACT

24. Member of Ministerial Mental Health Steering Committee of ACT

25. Member of Ministerial National Drugs Strategy Shared Costs Advisory Committee

26. Member of Ministerial Emergency Relief Advisory Committee

27. Member Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Steering Committee of ACT

28. President of Tumut Neighbourhood Centre

29. Part time teacher in law at Tumut TAFE

30. Vice President of the Royal Military College Golf Club

Publications: 

1. Co-author “Social Security and Family Assistance Law” 4th ed 2014 Federation Press; 

2. Co-author “Annotated Commonwealth Employee Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988” 10th ed 2014 Federation Press (Comcare);

3. Co-author of Social Security Commentary electronic data base used by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Centrelink and practitioners by subscription

4. Co-author “Residential Tenancies Law and Practice in NSW” 7th ed 2017 Federation Press;

5. Co-author “Bush Law Handbook” Redfern Legal Centre Publishing

6. Various articles in law journals and seminar papers

7. In 1997 I received the ACT Law Society’s award for the legal writer of the year

8. Headnotes for Lexis Nexus in the Administrative Law Decisions.

Work Experience: 

1. March 2015 – present 

Practice as a barrister with a focus on administrative law, employment law, Comcare, Military Compensation, welfare and human rights law and health law. 

Part time senior member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal dealing with tenancy, administrative law, discrimination and civil law disputes. 

Part time lecturer in law UNSW in therapeutic goods law - ongoing. 
Part time lecturer in law UC property law.

2. February 2009- March 2015 

Practice as a barrister with a focus on administrative law, employment law, Comcare, Military Compensation, welfare and human rights law and health law. 

Part time senior member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal dealing with tenancy, administrative law, discrimination and civil law disputes. 

Part time member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal until March 2015 dealing with fair trading, consumer claims, public housing, private housing, residential building and retirement villages disputes. 

Part time reviewer of ‘boat people’ refugee claims from March 2011-March 2012. 

Part time member of Veterans Review Board until March 2012. 

Part time lecturer in law UNSW in therapeutic goods law - ongoing. 

3. November 1996- February 2009 

Practice as a barrister with a focus on administrative law, employment law, Comcare, Military Compensation welfare and human rights law, and health law. 

Part time member of the NSW Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal dealing with fair trading, consumer claims, public housing, residential building claims, private housing and retirement village disputes.

Part time member of the ACT Residential Tenancies Tribunal (since 2001). 

President of the ACT Consumer and Trader Tribunal. 

Part time Member of the ACT Essential Services Consumer Council (since mid 2004) 

Part time Member of the ACT Credit Tribunal 

Part time lecturer in law at University of Canberra 

4. July 1995- Nov 1996 

Practice as a barrister with a focus on administrative law, employment law, Comcare, Military Compensation welfare and human rights law and health law. 

Part time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Cwth). 

5. April 1993- July 1995 

Director of ACT Council of Social Services ACTCoSS and board member of Australian Council of Social Services. ACTCOSS is the peak body for the community sector in the ACT. The position involved researching and promoting the interests of the community sector and in particular the non-government welfare sector including negotiating awards and resolving industrial issues for the sector. 

Part time practice as a barrister with a focus on administrative law, employment law, Comcare, Military Compensation welfare and human rights and health law. 

6. 1990- April 1993 

A solicitor in private legal practice practicing in employment, administrative law, welfare and human rights, criminal law and the community/non-government sector. I was a part time duty solicitor for the NSW Legal Aid Commission in Tumut and Gundagai region. 

Part time lecturer in welfare law at Canberra CIT and Tumut TAFE. 

7. 1988- 1990 

Senior Solicitor of the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre, Canberra. This is a community legal centre specialising in social security, consumer credit, discrimination and tenancy matters. 

8. 1986-1988 

Solicitor in private legal practice- criminal, administrative and employment law. 

9. 1985-1986 

Commonwealth Public Service. I held the substantive position of class 11 Director in the Legal Branch in the office of the Commissioner for Superannuation, acting SES Level 1 Assistant Secretary, conducting civilian and military superannuation litigation in the AAT and Federal Court. 

10. 1983-85 

I held the position class 9 Assistant Director Legal Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health conducting administrative law litigation on behalf of the Department in the AAT and Federal Court. 

11. 1980-83 

I was an examiner of patents at the Patents Office of the Commonwealth. In this capacity I undertook a 6 months intensive course in patents law and thereafter examined and reported on patent applications in the electrical discipline. 

12. 1972-74 and 1979-80 

University studying science (mathematics and physics) and working at the Anglo-Australian Observatory. 

13. 1974-78 

Clerk in the NSW Magistrates Courts Administration involved with court administration and studying law part time. 


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