Allan Anforth - Canberra Chambers

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Allan Anforth AM, Barrister
Ph: (02) 6257 7047
Fax: (02) 6262 9656
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Areas of Interest:
My areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  1. Administrative law
  2. Employment law
  3. Comcare
  4. Military Compensation
  5. Welfare and human rights law including social security, residential tenancy, refugee, discrimination and NDIS.
  6. Health law including Therapeutic Goods and Professional Standard Review matters.

I am available for retainer as a consultant in any of the above area.

I have completed a Diploma of Laws (Solicitors Admission Board), Graduate Diploma of Public Law and a Masters of Law. I am a current member of the ACT Bar Association as well as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of ACT and the High court.

In addition to my legal training I hold a Bachelor and Masters degree in Science and am currently completing a PhD.

Positions Presently Held:
I am currently practicing as a Barrister in the ACT bar as well as nationally throughout Australia. In addition to this I hold the following positions:

  • Member of Order of Australia
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Canberra
  • Public Interest Monitor for the ACT
  • Part time senior member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Part time Lecturer of Law, University of NSW (Administrative law and therapeutic goods)
  • Honorary Ambassador of the ACT
  • Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Public Positions Previous Held:
I have previously held the following positions:

  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. Foundation member of Administrative Law Institute of Australia
  10. Part time member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal
  11. Director ACT Council of Social Services
  12. Foundation member of the Conflict Resolution Service of ACT
  13. Chair and Deputy Chair of Agents Board of A.C.T.
  14. Part time member of the Drugs of Dependence Board of A.C.T.
  15. Member of Ministerial Advisory Committee for fixing costs in federal jurisdictions
  16. Chair person of People First Inc, an advocacy organisation for people with disabilities
  17. Member of Ministerial Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of A.C.T.
  18. Part time lecturer in welfare law at Canberra TAFE
  19. Board member of Welfare Rights and Legal Centre
  20. Member of Ministerial Access to Justice Advisory Committee of A.C.T.
  21. Member of Ministerial Ethnic Aged Care Advisory Committee (ACT)
  22. Chair, Community Services & Health Industry Training and Advisory Board of ACT
  23. Member of Ministerial Mental Health Steering Committee of ACT
  24. Member of Ministerial National Drugs Strategy Shared Costs Advisory Committee
  25. Member of Ministerial Emergency Relief Advisory Committee
  26. Member Ministerial Drug and Alcohol Steering Committee of ACT


I have published widely in the legal field including numerous papers in law journals. Below are links to textbooks that I have co-authored.

  1. Co-author “Social Security and Family Assistance Law” 4th ed 2014 Federation Press;  
  2. Laws of Australia, Chapter 22.3 ‘Social Security’ Thomsonreuters
  3. Co-author “Annotated Commonwealth Employee Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988” 10th ed 2014 Federation Press (Comcare);
  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. A Guide to the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act
A Guide to the Military Rehabilitation (MRCA)
6th Floor, 1 Hobart Place, Canberra City, ACT
Canberra Chambers
GPO Box 421,
Canberra ACT 2601
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