The Hon Craig DOWLING

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 9.02.2024
Location: Melbourne

Craig Dowling was appointed to the Federal Court on 9 February 2024.

He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws and from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Laws.

He was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1991. Between 1991 and 1999, he worked as a solicitor in Melbourne, as a legal researcher in London and as Associate to Justice Tony North in the Federal Court of Australia. He came to the Bar in 1999 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2017.

At the Bar he practiced mainly in industrial relations and employment law, discrimination law and administrative law. He is a former President of the Industrial Bar Association. He was for many years a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School in the Master of Laws program where he continues to teach.

Associateship applications

Justice Dowling is currently receiving applications for the position of Associate to commence in February/March 2025. It is expected that interviews will take place in August/September 2024 with an offer made very shortly thereafter.

Applications should contain a cover letter, curriculum vitae, university transcript and an example of the applicant’s written work. Applications should be emailed to

General information about the Associate positions can be found on the Judges' Associates page of the Employment section of the Federal Court website. 

Updated April 2024

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