New VCAT President appointed

Posted on 24 Apr 2018

The appointment of the first female president to lead the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal was announced today by Attorney-General Martin Pakula.

New VCAT President the Honourable Justice Michelle Guigley

The Honourable Justice Michelle Quigley, a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria (as VCAT’s president is required to be by law), will join VCAT from 1 June 2018 and takes over from Justice Greg Garde AO RFD who has served VCAT for the past six years. 

The Governor in Council appointed Justice Quigley a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria in December last year. She has three decades of experience as a legal practitioner, predominantly as a senior barrister specialising in administrative law, including planning and environmental law, land valuation and acquisition. She has appeared regularly before VCAT, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, was previously a Visiting Lecturer in Planning Law at the University of Melbourne from 1994 to 2006 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2002. Justice Quigley has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

Justice Garde will hand over to Justice Quigley during May and will leave VCAT on 31 May 2018. Justice Garde will continue to serve as a Supreme Court judge.

On 1 July, VCAT celebrates its 20-year anniversary. VCAT staff and members are looking forward to welcoming Justice Quigley in our anniversary year and to continuing the work we’re doing to provide fair, efficient and effective justice for all Victorians.

Read the Attorney-General's media release.