Georgina Rhodes Barrister

Georgina Rhodes


Castan Chambers

Room 1106

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Georgina has a general public law practice and accepts briefs in a variety of areas including administrative law matters, disciplinary and professional standards matters, regulatory matters, crimes mental impairment matters, occupational health and safety matters, coronial matters and criminal matters.

Georgina provides written advice to Government Departments and Statutory Authorities in relation to statutory interpretation and legislative reform.

Georgina has appeared in hearings before the AAT in relation to NDIS matters, before VCAT in merits review matters and the Children's Court in relation to child protection applications.


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) [2017] 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 and the Women Barristers Association.

Georgina is also a member of the Professional Standards Committee for Kooyoora Pty Ltd.

Georgina is reading with Rachel Ellyard and her Senior Mentor is Liz Ruddle S.C.

To get in touch with Georgina Rhodes | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or

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