Deanna has over 15 years experience working exclusively in Indigenous law jurisdictions. She has also been at the forefront of introducing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) into legal practice & instigated the State wide dispute resolution model still used by the Legal Aid Office (QLD).
Memberships and Associations
- Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland
- Queensland Law Society
- Solicitor of the High Court of Australia with appearance rights in the Federal Court of Australia.
- Appointed to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s panel of specialist native title lawyers.
- In addition to tertiary legal qualifications, holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution and a Masters in Business Administration.
- Former Regional Co-ordinator and National Operations Manager at the National Native Title Tribunal.
- Former native title advisor to the then Deputy Premier of Western Australia.
- Former native title group representative for the Queensland Local Government Association.
Deanna has over 20 years’ experience working exclusively in Indigenous law jurisdictions. Before this she was at the forefront of introducing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) into legal practice and instigated the State-wide dispute resolution model still used by the Legal Aid Office (Queensland) and worked closely with Bond University in ADR training and research.
She worked in the National Native Title Tribunal where she was delegated the Registrar’s powers to make claim and ILUA registration decisions.
Her experience in Indigenous law has been multifaceted. Deanna has been involved in claims mediation with native title parties in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Murchison regions of Western Australia and, more recently, with claim groups throughout Queensland.
As an advisor to the Government of Western Australia, Deanna was involved in achieving native title compliance for both the Ord River Scheme and major projects on the Burrup Peninsular.
Deanna also has experience as the group representative for Queensland local governments, through the Local Government Association of Queensland, assisting Councils with native title tenure dealings, native title claim resolution, ILUA negotiations and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance.
As a Western Australian regional coordinator with the National Native Title Tribunal, Deanna was involved in the negotiation and mediation of native title claims in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions and facilitated meetings with and between claim groups and respondent parties including mining companies, local government and pastoralists.
As a delegate of the Native Title Registrar, Deanna has assessed many native title determination applications under s190A of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
As the legal advisor to Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council, Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Shire Council and Yarrabah Shire Council Deanna has assisted these Councils in their understanding of the interaction between the complex Queensland tenure system (including the Aboriginal Land Act 1991 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Land Holding) Act 2013 and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Over the last few years Deanna has successfully finalised over 15 native title claim resolution ILUAs and is currently involved in negotiating other agreements.
Deanna has been the legal advisor during negotiations that have finalised over 18 native title claims by way of a consent determinations and is currently involved in negotiations toward a further native title determinations.
Other Key Strengths
Deanna has represented Australian local government at a high level at both State and Commonwealth native title policy meetings including the Native Title Consultative Forum.
Deanna was appointed in 2009 to a native title Federal Court Committee to help formulate recommendations to the Court.
Deanna has provided training on native title and cultural heritage to Queensland local governments (and developed an associated work procedures manual) as well as for claimant groups and stakeholder groups in Western Australia. She holds a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment.
Deanna has worked as a mediator and training in the area of family dispute resolution.
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