Deanna has over 20 years’ experience working primarily in Indigenous law. She was also at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in legal practice, managing the State-wide dispute resolution model still used by the Legal Aid Office (Queensland) and also working closely with Bond University in ADR training and research.
Her experience in Indigenous law has been multifaceted. Deanna has been involved in claims mediation with claimant groups in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Murchison regions of Western Australia and with claim groups throughout Queensland. As an advisor to the Government of Western Australia, Deanna was involved in native title compliance outcomes for both the Ord River Scheme and major projects on the Burrup Peninsula.
Deanna also has many years’ experience representing Queensland local governments, assisting Councils with tenure dealings, native title claim resolution, Indigenous Land Use Agreement (“ILUA”) negotiations and Aboriginal cultural heritage compliance. Deanna has represented many Queensland Councils in native title proceedings in the Federal Court, as well as other respondent parties and native title applicants.
In her role as the Local Government Association of Queensland’s native title representative, Deanna was not only involved in many claim negotiations, but also policy submissions, the development of related training manuals and guides and managed the template local government ILUA project.
Deanna has also worked in the National Native Title Tribunal where she was delegated the Registrar’s powers to make claim and ILUA registration decisions. Deanna has assessed many native title determination applications under s190A of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).
Deanna is a qualified vocational education trainer, holding a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in addition to all her legal qualifications. She is currently developing a training program for the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, on behalf of Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) relating to advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait rests interests in land use planning.
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