Katherine’s core practice area is providing high quality commercial law services tailored to Australian Government clients. She has substantial experience in advising on major procurement and funding agreement programs, particularly in the health, immigration and communications sectors.
Katherine has specific expertise in the full range of legal services required for efficient and effective Australian Government grants, funding and procurement programmes, including:
- Drafting and reviewing all documentation necessary for effective Commonwealth grant, funding and procurement programmes, including planning documentation and response documentation.
- Compliance with government documentation and reporting policies.
- Advising on decision making processes and probity issues.
- Contract drafting and negotiation.
- Contract management issues.
Katherine also provides high quality advice and analysis on various administrative law matters. She has a strong interest in information law, and has recently completed several projects for the Australian Government involving the development of detailed process maps examining information flows and risks at each stage of the process. She has provided advice to government clients on compliance with their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth), including the scope of exempt document under the Act, issues with redaction of material from documentation and the interaction between obligations under the Act and obligations of confidentiality owed to third parties. Katherine has also provided detailed advice in relation to the operation of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), including assisting developing precedents and templates for use by government agencies.
Other areas of work include advising government clients on compliance with relevant financial framework legislation and considering obligations under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth) and intellectual property issues.
- Corporate, governance and commercial.
- Probity, procurement and grant programs.
- Intellectual Law
- Information Technology
- Freedom of Information (FOI) and privacy.
- Statutory interpretation and legislation development.
- Finance – drafting and advice on establishment of the whole-of-government panels for cloud computing services; major office machines, telecommunication services; and drupal services.
- Health – acting as legal adviser for Health’s ICT outsourcing procurement. This is an outcomes-based procurement and involved producing innovative approaches to the description of the services, the performance framework and the payments regime.
- NHMRC – advising on the second phase of a multi-stage procurement to replace its grants management system with a cloud-based solution, accessible by a range of other Commonwealth and State/Territory agencies.
- Health – assisting on a multi-stage procurement for operation, maintenance and support services for an existing ICT system used for publication of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule (PBS). Involves complex intellectual property arrangements, latent defect issues and incumbent supplier considerations.
- IP Australia – advice and drafting for a new business information analytics solution, including design build, operate and support services.
- Immigration – acting on a range of matters such as the acquisition of a software solution for its new biometrics acquisition and processing system, preparation of a suite of new standard procurement and contracting templates, and an RFT for the implementation of an integrated service delivery framework for suppliers of services to immigration detainees,
- Prime Minister and Cabinet – advice whilst on secondment on major reforms to the Remote Jobs and Communities Programme (now known as the Community Development Program). This involved consideration of issues involving the CGRGs, drafting extensive amendments to existing funding agreement arrangements, review of policy implementation documents, attending stakeholder meetings with funding recipients and peak representation bodies, and drafting and reviewing inter-governmental agreements (including with State and Territory bodies and the Torres Strait Regional Authority).
- NBA – renegotiation of a complex funding arrangement with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to provide the national blood collection and provision scheme and a range of other major blood-related projects.
- Health, Human Services, Social Services and the ABS – preparing a scoping paper identifying options, issues and recommendations for a way forward for a federal government data integration project. This would involve a regime under which data from several government agencies can be properly integrated and de-identified by an accredited integrating agency before becoming available to third parties for research purposes. Subsequent development of a detailed process map which considers information flows and use at each stage of the process, considered the various legal risks involved and developed appropriate mitigation strategies.
- Digital Transformation Agency – preparing a detailed report on the privacy and security issues associated with the proposed digital identity verification system, including detailed process maps and information flow analysis, and legal analysis of issues in each step of the proposed process.
- Health – advice in connection with the Review of Australia’s plasma fractionation arrangements, including the issues associated with ownership and use of blood and blood products.
- AusAID (now part of Foreign Affairs and Trade) – preparation of an extensive range of training materials for its personnel, including on confidentiality and secrecy provisions, FOI, privacy, record-keeping obligations, as well as international law agreements and treaties.