The Hon Debra Sue MORTIMER

Judge, Federal Court of Australia: 12.7.2013
Location: Melbourne

Justice Mortimer was appointed to the Federal Court in July 2013, based in Melbourne. Prior to her appointment, she was a member of the Victorian Bar and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2003. She remains a Senior Fellow at Melbourne Law School and a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School. 


Justice Mortimer generally appoints an associate for a period of 18 months. The next available position will commence around September 2022. The following position will commence around June 2023. From June 2020, her Honour’s chambers have operated on a two associate model. The closing date for applications for both positions will be 31 May 2021.

Candidates with post admission practice experience and an interest in public law are generally preferred.

Her Honour will take the following skills, attributes and work experience into consideration when recruiting her associates:

  • Academic results
  • Post university experience, including pro bono and volunteer work
  • Admission to practice (mandatory)
  • Public law experience
  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Proofing and research skills
  • Adaptability and personal qualities suitable for close working environment in Chambers
  • Willingness to travel
  • Computer skills

To be considered for the positions, candidates are invited to send their curriculum vitae, academic transcript, contact details of at least two referees and a cover letter addressing each of the above listed points to the Victoria District Registry at

As part of the recruitment process candidates may be required to attend an interview and complete a short written research and proofing exercise.