Office of General Counsel

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About the OGC

Welcome to the Australian Catholic University’s Office of General Counsel
( OGC ) website.

The OGC acts only on behalf of the University and provides legal advice and services to senior management and staff on a broad range of legal issues. Generally, we cannot provide personal legal advice to University staff or students. We oversee the University’s broader strategic activities and advise internal clients about relevant legal developments. Under the Delegations of Authority Policy and Register, the OGC also manages the engagement of external lawyers on behalf of the University. All requests to engage external lawyers must be made through the OGC.

You will find the following information on this website:

  • Contact details for the OGC and each member of our team
  • A brief description of the services we provide and how to request those services
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Fact sheets on common legal issues
  • Template documents
  • Other useful links

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Contact us

For urgent matters or general inquiries, please contact us by phone or email:

3 Berry Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060
PO Box 968, North Sydney NSW 2059
T: +61 2 9739 2453 F: +61 2 9739 2619

To request our services, please go to requesting our services and complete an OGC Briefing Sheet.

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Our team

Diane Barker, General Counsel and Director of Governance

Dean McNamara, Legal Counsel

Lloyd Doherty, Legal Counsel

James Thomson, Legal Counsel

Amanda Sykes, Practice Manager

Bronwyn Dekker, Paralegal

Maria Stella (Mariela) Panopio, Administrative Officer