Kate Auty is a Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
She was the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in Victoria from 2009 to 2014. During that appointment her office audited the environmental management systems of government departments and agencies and reported on the state of the environment, climate change, biodiversity and private land, water sensitive urban design.
She has formerly held appointments as a magistrate in Victoria and in the goldfields and western desert of Western Australia, in both positions establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in consultation with Aboriginal people.
Kate is a foundation member of the community action group Strathbogie Voices in north east Victoria which has organised an environmental discussion series this year, titled 'On the Road to Paris, 2015'. She is chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Advisory Board, Chair of the National Electronic Collaborative Tools and Research Advisory Board, a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee, and Member of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network.
Kate continues as a barrister in Victoria.