Kate Auty has an extensive legal and academic background. She has worked as a magistrate in Western Australia and Victoria, and she established the first Victorian Koori Court and acted as inaugural Koori Court Magistrate. She has undertaken a number of consultancies, including a project on local government and climate change for the National Environmental Law Association. Professor Auty was appointed as the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability in 2009.
Prior to her current appointment, Professor Auty was a Charles Joseph La Trobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at La Trobe University. She also served as Chairperson of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council for Climate Change Adaptation and as a member of the Premier’s Reference Group on Climate Change.