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Dr Kate Auty was appointed the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment in 2016. Before accepting this appointment she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (2009-2014)and the Chair of the Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation (Victoria 2008-2010).

She has previously held positions as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne (2014-2017), a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change (2016), and as a magistrate in Victoria and magistrate and mining warden in Western Australia.

Current boards and advisory roles include – director on the board of the ReScope Project and the McPherson Smith Rural Foundation; member of the Advisory Board to AURIN; and member with the MDBA ACSEES.  When she accepted the role of Commissioner in the ACT Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in Research Focus Areas involving sustainability, transformation of cities and in respect of water and agriculture. She also relinquished the role as chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR, and more recently she stepped down as chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (University of Melbourne).