Kate Auty was appointed in 2016 as Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment with the Australian Capital Territory. Professor Auty is also the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Prior to this, she was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.
Kate holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science, law and history, having graduated from University of Melbourne (Arts Hons/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science), and La Trobe University (PhD in Law and Legal Studies). She also holds a Diploma of International Environmental Law from UNITAR. Kate is member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where she worked to incorporate an understanding of the underlying issues across a very broad spectrum of sectors.
Her career has seen her undertake a number of consultancies, including the development of curriculum and reports on natural resource management, native title, Indigenous issues, and the choices facing local government in regard to a rapidly changing climate.
In 2008, Kate was appointed a Charles Joseph LaTrobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. In 2008 and 2009, she was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and also a member of the Premier's Reference Committee on Climate Change.