Auty, Kate (1955-)

Also known as
Auty, Kate
Auty, Kathryn Helen (1955-)
Field of activity
Lawyer; Barrister; Academic; Commissioner; Public Servant; Tribunal Member; Board Member; Magistrate
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35264348
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Biographies

Born in Brisbane, Kate Auty was educated and has worked all over Australia. The former Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, she is now an academicwho contiues to work as a barrister. Auty was the inaugural Koori Court magistrate (Victoria) and Aboriginal sentencing court magistrate in the goldfields and western desert (WA). She has been a Mining Warden (WA). She was also a senior solicitor for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (Vic, Tas, WA). Other diverse roles have involved developing justice e-technology in remote and regional settings, and chairing the Ministerial Council on Climate Change Adaptation (Victoria). Auty's board memberships extend to having chaired the National Rural Law and Justice Alliance. She presently chairs the Boards of NeCTAR, the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne and a La Trobe Research Focus Area. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Sciences, the University of Melbourne Community and Industry Board for the Office of Environmental Programs and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network.

The following biographical essay was provided to the Australian Women's Register by Kate Auty. _________________________________________________

Kate Auty is a Queenslander by birth but has lived and worked all over Australia. Her parents moved around Australia as her father worked in veterinary and agricultural contexts and Kate has continued to explore the country both in employment settings and leisure activities with her partner Charlie Brydon.

Kate's first schooling was received at the Ord River Research Station where she was exposed to Aboriginal culture through other students and the grand and profound Indigenous art and iconography of the region. From the Ord River, schools as diverse as Surfers Paradise (Qld) and Parap (NT) Primary Schools and the Darwin and Balwyn (Vic) High Schools provided a sound public school education, notwithstanding state and territory vagaries.

The benefits of a well-travelled education and a family interested in reading and contemporary issues played out in awards of a Commonwealth Secondary Scholarship in Darwin and a Commonwealth Tertiary Scholarship in Victoria.

Interest in Australia, as a cultural geography and a landscape, were instilled in Kate (and her three siblings) as a function of the family's highly mobile lifestyle, travel for pleasure, and working on a cattle station south of Darwin on weekends and during school holidays (1967-1970). When the family left the Northern Territory to relocate to Melbourne, Kate's older brother Peter (who had just completed his matriculation with distinction) set out to ride the family's stock horses to Melbourne. He did this, for the most part, by himself, occasionally picking up with droving teams, until Kate joined him at Bourke (NSW) from where together they continued overland to Melbourne (1971-72 Christmas school holidays).

Kate's tertiary education commenced with the study of arts (history) and law as a dual degree at the University of Melbourne.

During her time at university Kate was an active member of the Feminist Lawyers group at Melbourne and through this group she formed enduring friendships with women who were studying at Monash. Kate was also a member of the Folk Music Club at the university.

It was at Melbourne that Kate renewed her interest in Aboriginal issues, meeting Sandra Bailey (the first Yorta Yorta woman to gain a law degree) and Rochelle Patten (a senior Yorta Yorta woman who has been instrumental in the genesis of the Yorta Yorta Climate Change Group and the Shepparton Koori Court). These two women have remained significant others in Kate's life since 1980. Both of these great women have been pivotal in informing Kate's views about Indigenous exposure to the Australian colonial and post-colonial legal systems.

Upon graduation Kate worked for a small criminal law firm in the western suburbs of Melbourne and it was there that she became more exposed to the iniquities of the legal system as it played out in the lives of the working poor of a large metropolis. Lessons from that time, about access to justice, continue to provoke Kate in her work.

Kate now (2015) holds the following qualifications:

Kate's Masters in Environmental Science has promoted significant career shifts into roles in academia and as the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (2009-2014). Her interest in taking up this study was prompted by a discussion with another important woman in her life - Louise Kyle, who was also a public school scholarship law student and feminist law student at the University of Melbourne.

Kate's doctorate arose out of her Arts (honours) thesis which explored the 1927 Royal Commission into the Killing and Burning of Aboriginal People in the Forrest River District of the Kimberley in 1926. It also built upon some research undertaken when appointed as to advise Commissioner Patrick Dodson in the RCIADIC in WA. Kate was encouraged to undertake this study by another important woman in her life, Professor Sandy Toussaint, anthropologist. In each of these post graduate endeavours Kate had the support of her mother Jean (an interlocutor, typist and proof reader) and of family members who took a keen interest in the research she did.

As you might expect Kate's employment history has been varied. From 1980-1999 she held the following positons:

After the death of her mother in 1999 Kate was appointed a magistrate in Victoria. Initially she worked in Melbourne where she was delegated to the role of the magistrate involved in the development of the Aboriginal Justice Agreement (whilst continuing to work in the ordinary jurisdictions of the court). In 2001 Kate assumed the role of senior coordinating magistrate in the north east, based in Shepparton. It was there that the first Koori Court was ultimately established, in collaboration with the Yorta Yorta people with whom Kate had continued long friendships from her time at the University of Melbourne. This work also drew upon her involvement in community consultation and built upon models derived from the RCIADIC work of the previous decade.

The north east Magistrates Court region comprises nine courts - Corryong, Wodonga, Cobram, Mansfield, Myrtleford, Wangaratta, Benalla, Shepparton, Seymour - and whilst acting as the regional Co-ordinating Magistrate and building the Koori Court work Kate worked in all the jurisdictions of the region including as:

In this role Kate contributed to the ordinary and extraneous work of the court in the following manner:

Kate resigned from her Victorian position once the Koori Court was well bedded down and went to work in the Western Australian Magistracy and as a WA Mining Warden where she remained until 2009. Her interest in doing this arose out of the RCIADIC work and her research interests. It also simply looked interesting. Kate and her partner Charlie Brydon both moved to Kalgoorlie, with Charlie taking up positions with the Goldfields Land and Sea Council as a lawyer and the WA WorkCover Directorate as an arbitrator.

The region where Kate worked in WA also comprised nine courts - Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Norseman, Esperance, Laverton, Leonora, Warburton, Warrakurna, Kiwikurra). Her formal appointments included:

In this role Kate contributed to the ordinary and extraneous work of the court in the following manner:

Boards and other memberships in WA during her time as a magistrate/mining warden :

Returning from WA and in the period 2008-2009 in Victoria Kate was appointed as:

Currently Kate is appointed to the following positions:

From the period 2009 Kate has been or continues as a member of the following boards/committees:

2009 - ongoing

Retired positions 2009-2014:

Kate continues to engage in pro bono public speaking on issues of Aboriginal justice and environment. This takes her all over the state and she is fortunate to have the Vice Chancellor's Fellow appointment as a backstop for this work.

On a community level Kate is a member of the group Strathbogie Voices in the north east of Victoria where she currently lives and she also enjoys membership of the Euroa Environment Group and Euroa Arboretum. In her community she is actively working with other volunteers promoting a discussion about environment and climate change (see www.strathbogievoices.com.au). In 2015 this community development work has produced the Euroa Environment Series and, from 2014 into the future her energies (when not being expended in board and other appointments) will be directed to the encouragement of participation in all our democratic processes.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Auty, Kate
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Kate Auty
    [2015]
    Published: Victorian Women's Trust
    Series: IspartOf Here She Is!Victorian Women's Trust

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  1. A jury of whose peers? : the cultural politics of juries in Australia / edited by Kate Auty and Sandy Toussaint
    Toussaint, Sandy
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 71 libraries
    A jury of whose peers? : the cultural politics of juries in Australia / edited by Kate Auty and Sandy Toussaint
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  2. Black glass : Western Australian Courts of Native Affairs 1936-54 / Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    [ Book, Microform : 1778-2005 ]
    Languages: English;Spanish, [1 other]
    At 65 libraries
    Black glass : Western Australian Courts of Native Affairs 1936-54 / Kate Auty
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  3. 'Growing up' the Koori Court (gerund), Shepparton : development discourse and innovation in courts of summary jurisdiction / by Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (1998)
    [ Book, Article : 2004 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.3)

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  4. Hunt them, hang them : the Tasmanians' in Port Phillip 1841-42 / Kate Auty and Lynette Russell
    Auty, Kate
    [ Book : 2016 ]
    At 11 libraries
    Hunt them, hang them : the Tasmanians' in Port Phillip 1841-42 / Kate Auty and Lynette Russell
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.243)

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  5. 'Growing up' the Koori Court (gerund), Shepparton : development discourse and innovation in courts of summary jurisdiction / by Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues (1998)
    [ Book, Article : 2004 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.889)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.889)

  6. Koori Court Victoria : Magistrates Court (Koori Court) Act 2002 / Kate Auty and Daniel Briggs
    Auty, Kate
    Law Text Culture
    [ Book, Article : 2004 ]
    View online (access conditions)
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4.618)

  7. Aboriginal cultural heritage : Tasmania and La Trobe University / by Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    [ Book : 1995 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  8. Lawyers, archaeologists and Aboriginal cultural heritage / Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    [ Book : 1996 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  9. Patrick Bernard O'Leary and the Forrest River massacre, Western Australia : examining 'Wodgil' and the significance of 8 June 1926 / Kate Auty
    Auty, Kate
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  10. Koori Court Victoria : Magistrates Court (Koori Court) Act 2002 / Kate Auty and Daniel Briggs
    Auty, Kate
    Law Text Culture
    [ Book, Article : 2004 ]
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    At AIATSIS Collections
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  1. Kate Auty
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  4. P.D. James, A certain justice / written by P.D. James ; adapted by Michael Russell ; producer Martyn Auty; director Ross Devenish
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  1. Dance ideas : for teachers, students and children / Kate Harrison, John Auty
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    [ Book : 1991 ]
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  2. The shelter of law : designing with communities for a culture of natural justice / Philip James Kirke with a foreword by Kate Auty
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  4. Autism in childhood and autistic features in adults : a psychoanalytic perspective / edited by Kate Burrows
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 23 January 1942 [Issue No.11] p 266

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    ... and fpund , E. S. H6ui^S;\AU&tyY.^ 15th January, 19^2. 1913 . T £1 "»• ... , 1941 5 15 10 £16 14 8 I certify tKat tile above is a true statement of accounts of the Sfffnfitffft ... 153 words
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  2. BALANCE SHEET of the WOOLLAHRA MUNICIAPALITY for the Half-year ending 31st December, 1860.
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    ... Balance sh IyF/i o( the wooLj_iAHi{A mttntctpat rTv e *1 u u> December, I860. ' " CIlAUTi for the ... Half-year encliug 31st RECEIPTS. 1860. Dec. 31. To Cash received from Kate-' payers to 31st December ... 208 words
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  3. INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE [coming soon]
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  1. KATE HOWARDE COMPANY
    Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) Tuesday 24 November 1931 p 1 Article
    ... KATE HOWAUUE COMI'ANY TJicro w»s a fair attoudanc0 "t thc Crystal Thoutr0 liisi-, night to witness ... tho second night of the production ot ''UunrTree Gully" by thu Kate Howurdc Company. Tho »how wont ... 118 words
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  3. AN AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRIGHT. KISS KATE HOWARDE.
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