Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AO QC
Governor of New South Wales
The Honourable Justice Margaret Beazley QC AO was sworn-in as the 39th Governor of New South Wales in May 2019.
Prior to this she was appointed President of the NSW Court of Appeal in March 2013 having been the first woman appointed to that Court in 1996.
Her Honour was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and in 1993 was appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, the first woman to sit exclusively in that Court. Whilst on the Federal Court bench, she was a member of its Finance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Court Liaison and Gender Awareness Committees. In 1994, she was also commissioned as an additional judge of the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia.
From 1984 to 1988, she served as a judicial member of the New South Wales Equal Opportunity Tribunal. In 1990 and 1991, she was an Acting Judge of the District Court of New South Wales. And in 1991 and 1992, she served as an Assistant Commissioner of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption. She is Chairperson of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law, Patron of the Toongabbie Legal Centre and President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia.
Margaret graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2008.
From 1994 to 1995 Margaret assisted the Australian Law Reform Commission with the reference on "Gender Bias and the Law". This resulted in a substantial report addressing the failures of the law to deal effectively with violence perpetrated by men on women, and the specific laws and practices of the legal system that contribute to women's inequality. Margaret has used her influence to improve the number and status of women in the law and has mentored many women to become barristers. In 2006 Margaret was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary particularly through contributions to professional and ethical standards and the advancement of women in the legal profession and the community. In 2012 she was named one of the Australian Financial Review's "100 Women of Influence" in the category of diversity, and in 2013, Beazley was the recipient of the Women Lawyers of NSW Lifetime Achievement award.