Associate lecturer with the Migration Law Program, Australian National University

Kate Gauthier is an associate Lecturer with the Migration Law Program at the Australian National University. She is a fellow with the Centre for Policy Development and the chair of the advocacy group ChilOut – Children Out of Immigration Detention. She is a community member on the NSW Legal Aid Review Committee and the ACT Nursing and Midwifery board.

Until recently, she was the National Director of refugee policy lobby group A Just Australia. Formerly, Kate was the immigration and refugee policy adviser to Senator Andrew Bartlett and the community liaison officer for Senator Aden Ridgeway. She was a co-founder of the Refugee Assistance Project, a board member of Pol Min (Political Ministry Network) and has regularly visited remote detention centres for 10 years. Kate has sat on a number of government advisory panels and consultation committees.


  • 2011–present
    Associate Lecturer, Migration Law Program, Australian National University
  • 2004–2010
    National Director, A Just Australia


  • 2007 
    University of NSW, Masters of International Social Development

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  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Australian Government And Politics (160601)
  • Migration (160303)
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues (220104)
  • Canberra, Australia
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