Meredith Leigh - First Parliamentary Counsel

Meredith is the First Parliamentary Counsel with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel, which is responsible for drafting all principal legislation, all regulations and a range of legislative instruments for the Australian Government. OPC is also responsible for the publication of Commonwealth legislation through the Federal Register of Legislation.

Meredith has 23 years of drafting experience. She has worked extensively with all Departments and many agencies, including Treasury and the ATO, including in the areas of tax, corporations law, education, and more recently counter-terrorism legislation and electoral legislation.

She is also a member of the inaugural Board of the Australian Government Legal Service which supports a whole-of-government, high quality, consistent and coordinated approach to the delivery of legal services and the management of legal risk across the Commonwealth.

Before joining OPC, Meredith worked for a short period as a corporate lawyer at Allen, Allen and Hemsley.

Meredith was appointed as First Parliamentary Counsel on 11 October 2021.