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Roberta McRae OAM

BA(ANU); LLB(Macq); GDLP(ANU); GD Arts(ANU) Ed Stud (Armidale); Legal Practitioner NSW; Barrister & Solicitor ACT

ANU College of Law, Building 5
+61 2 6125 0809
Room 137


Roberta is a lawyer who has specialised in real property. Before gaining admission as a solicitor she worked, after a successful nineteen-year career in the education sector, for the ACT Administration and the Commonwealth variously as a policy adviser; consultant; speechwriter and researcher.

In 1992 Roberta was elected as a member of the second Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and served as Speaker. She was re-elected in 1995 and was the Opposition spokesperson for Education and Sport and Chair of the Estimates Committee until she lost her seat in 1998.

Roberta has a strong commitment to volunteer activity and in 1990 was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for contribution to migrant services.

Research interests

  • On-line teaching.
  • Practitioner/teacher training.
  • Emerging legal identities.
  • The history of conveyancing and Property law.
  • Access to law and social justice


  • ANU College of Law 2012 Award for Teaching Excellence - team teaching
  • Order of Australia Medal 1990

Updated: 23 July 2016/ Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law / Page Contact:  HR Officer