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Rebecca Bensted

Senior Associate

Brisbane

+61 7 3225 5917

Rebecca is an experienced practitioner in the areas of government litigation, regulatory proceedings, royal commissions and commissions of inquiry, coronial inquests, freedom of information and administrative law.

EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE

Rebecca represents doctors and allied health professionals in regulatory proceedings concerning performance, impairment and registration, as well as coronial inquests and Royal Commissions of Inquiry. Her broad practice includes civil applications, merits review processes in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, judicial review proceedings, and conducting proceedings on behalf of a range of government clients. These have included the Attorney-General, the Workers’ Compensation Regulator, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, Queensland Health, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Police Service, the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, Queensland Corrective Services, the Department of Home Affairs, the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Department of Human Services.

Before joining Moray & Agnew, Rebecca was the solicitor with carriage of the State of Queensland’s representation in the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability which included advising government clients in relation to strategy and risk and protecting the State of Queensland’s interests. Rebecca was also part of the team representing the State of Queensland during the Barrett Adolescent Centre Commission of Inquiry and the Youth Detention Review.

Rebecca has also assisted Queensland Government with several confidential investigations and represented clients in relation to confidential CCC investigations.

Rebecca has experience advising and appearing as solicitor-advocate on behalf of government clients in statutory prosecution matters under a range of legislation administered by government clients in both Queensland and Victoria, as well as appeals and ad-hoc applications pursuant to the Justices Act 1886 in various Magistrates’ and District Courts throughout Queensland.

Rebecca’s extensive advisory experience includes providing formal written advice to government clients on statutory interpretation questions, prosecution prospects, investigations conducted pursuant to various Queensland legislation and freedom of information matters.

Rebecca regularly appeared as solicitor-advocate on behalf of the Attorney-General in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and the Mental Health Court pursuant to the Mental Health Act 2016.

Additionally, Rebecca conducted applications pursuant to the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 on behalf of the Attorney-General in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

In conducting work for Queensland government clients, Rebecca has developed a sound knowledge of the operation of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) and regularly advised clients in relation to their obligations as public entities. 

Expertise

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws, 2016, Queensland University of Technology

Memberships

  • Queensland Law Society
  • Medico-Legal Society of Queensland