Presidential members and Senior Members are listed by date of appointment to the Tribunal in that category of membership. Members are listed alphabetically.
Presidential members may exercise the powers of the Tribunal in all of the Tribunal’s divisions. Senior Members and Members may exercise the powers of the Tribunal only in the divisions to which they have been assigned. The divisions to which Senior Members and Members have been assigned as at 30 June 2013 are indicated as follows:
Member Air Vice-Marshal (Dr) Tony Austin AM (retd)
Member Dr Tim Hawcroft
Member Timothy Jenkins
Member Ian Laughlin
THE HON JUSTICE DUNCAN KERR, CHEV LH
LLB BA (SocW)
First appointed 16 May 2012; current appointment until 15 May 2017
Justice Kerr became a judge of the Federal Court of Australia and President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in May 2012. He was elected to the executive of the Council of Australasian Tribunals in June 2013. He is a member of the board of the Association Internationale des Hautes Jurisdictions Administratives (International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions).
Before his appointment, he practised as a barrister and specialised in public law, constitutional and administrative law, refugee and human rights law and appellate work.
Justice Kerr was appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. He was also Adjunct Professor of Law, Queensland University of Technology and President of Greening Australia Ltd.
Justice Kerr served in the Commonwealth Parliament as the member for Denison for 23 years (1987–2010). He was Attorney-General (1993) and Minister for Justice (1993–1996) in the Keating Government and Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs (2007–2009) in the Rudd Government.
Before his election to the House of Representatives, Justice Kerr had served as Crown Counsel for the State of Tasmania, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Papua New Guinea and Principal Solicitor for the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW).