The Hon Fiona Mary Ruth MEAGHER

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 31.03.2022
Location: Brisbane

Justice Meagher was appointed to the Federal Court on 1 April 2022.

From April to December 2022, Justice Meagher was President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Prior to that, Justice Meagher was a Deputy President and the Division Head of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Justice Meagher was first appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal as a part time Member in 2015 and as a full time Senior Member in November 2018. From 2014 until November 2018 Justice Meagher was a Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal Queensland and held a Presidential Delegation from June 2017 until November 2018.

Justice Meagher graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws. Justice Meagher was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1987 and the High Court of Australia in 1989, and commenced her career as an Associate to the Hon Justice Paul De Jersey AC in 1987, before working as a solicitor from 1988 to 1993. She became Group General Counsel and Company Secretary  for the Telecom New Zealand Australia Pty Ltd group of companies in 1993, and worked as Queensland Manager of the Legal Management Consulting Practice Group and Professional Development Manager at Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) from 1997 to 2000. From 2001 to 2004 Justice Meagher was the Professional Development Manager, Change Manager and Chief Operating Officer at McCullough Robertson, after which she worked as a management consultant from 2004 to 2014.

Associateship applications

Justice Meagher’s next vacancy for an Associateship is a position starting in February 2027.

Her Honour invites interested persons to apply by 30 January 2026 for consideration. Applications should be made to, and should include no more than a one page covering letter, two page curriculum vitae, academic transcript and the contact details of two suitable referees.

Justice Meagher welcomes applications from all interested persons who have completed a law degree, have at least 1-2 years’ work experience in a legal practice, and are proficient in legal research, writing and editing. 

General information about Associate positions can be found on the employment pages of the Court’s website. If you have any queries in relation to the associateship position or the recruitment process, please send an email to Executive Assistant to Justice Meagher.

Updated March 2024