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Katherine McFarlane

Director, Kath McFarlane Consulting & Adjunct Associate Professor, The Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney

Dr McFarlane is the Director of Kath McFarlane Consulting, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Kirby Centre at the University of NSW, and a former Assoc. Prof in Law. She draws on her wealth of industry and academic experience to provide consultancy and independent research services to government and community organisations. Kath served as a NSW Government Chief of Staff in the portfolios of Planning, Attorney General, Family & Community Services and Social Housing, was the Executive Officer of the NSW Sentencing Council and the NSW Children’s Court, an Official Visitor for NSW Corrective Services, and a solicitor working in both private practice and the community legal sector. Dr McFarlane has undertaken research for a range of agencies and industry organisations, has published with the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, the NSW Judicial Commission and the NSW Sentencing Council, and her work has featured in industry and community forums and in national and international academic journals.


  • 2019–present
    Director, Kath McFarlane Consulting
  • 2016–2019
    Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University
  • 2019–2019
    Adjunct Associate Professor, The Kirby Institute, UNSW
  • 2011–2015
    Chief of Staff, NSW Government
  • 2007–2010
    Executive Officer, NSW Sentencing Council
  • 2010–2010
    Executive Officer, NSW Children's Court


  • 2019 
    Qualified Professional Researcher, AMSRS
  • 2015 
    PhD (Law), UNSW

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS)


PhD, Grad Dip (Legal Prac), LLB, BA