Georgina Rhodes Bar : 2021| Admitted : 2010
Georgina has a general public law practice and accepts briefs in a variety of areas including administrative law matters, disciplinary and professional standards, regulatory, crimes mental impairment, OH&S, coronial and criminal matters.
Georgina has a general public law practice and accepts briefs in matters involving administrative law, disciplinary and professional standards, regulatory action, crimes mental impairment, occupational health and safety, coronial and criminal matters.
She appears and advises in matters including merits review, judicial review, urgent applications, commissions and inquiries, occupational health & safety matters, integrity and criminal matters.
Georgina also provides advice to Government Departments and Statutory Authorities in relation to statutory interpretation, legislative reform, information sharing and integrity matters.
Before coming to the Bar, Georgina had a diverse and extensive legal career in government.
Most recently she worked at WorkSafe Victoria, as the strategic priorities lawyer within the Administrative Review, Advice and Coronial Services team, where she advised on occupational health and safety matters, appeared at merits review applications in VCAT and provided specialist advice in relation to crystalline silica and silicosis.
Georgina was a Senior Solicitor at the Department of Justice and Regulation within the Working with Children Check Unit, advising on matters of regulatory compliance, statutory interpretation, FOI, information sharing and privacy. She appeared for the Secretary at directions hearings and stay hearings before VCAT and instructed on appeals before the Supreme Court. Georgina instructed in the matter of PQR v Secretary, Department of Justice and Regulation (No. 1)  VSC 517 a leading case in relation to pseudonym orders.
Georgina was a Principal Solicitor at the Department of Health and Human Services at the Child Protection Litigation Office, appearing regularly in the Children’s Court on urgent applications, mentions, directions hearings, conciliation conferences, intervention order applications and merit review applications. She was also part of the Complex Advocacy Team dealing with the most complex and serious child protection matters throughout the State, including urgent appeals and parens patriae applications in the Supreme Court.
Georgina also worked at the Tasmanian Legal Aid Commission and Victoria Legal Aid where she was part of the specialist Youth Crime Team. She appeared regularly at bail hearings, plea hearings, contest mentions, contested hearings and committal hearings in relation to a broad range of state and commonwealth offences. She also instructed Counsel in complex County Court trials and appeals.
Georgina holds a Masters of Laws from the University of Melbourne. A Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania. A Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours majoring in Finance, from the University of Tasmania. Her research thesis was titled “Is Insider Trading Profitable?”
Georgina is a committee member of the New Barristers' Committee, Women Barristers Association and the Student Engagement Committee.
Georgina read with Rachel Ellyard and her Senior Mentor is Elizabeth Ruddle S.C.