Peter Quiggin PSM, QC – First Parliamentary Counsel

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

Mr Quiggin’s initial 7 year appointment as First Parliamentary Counsel started on 13 May 2004. He has since been reappointed twice with his most recent reappointment being for a further 5 years, commencing on 14 May 2018. He has been a drafter with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel for over 30 years and has drafted legislation covering a wide range of topics including taxation, native title and immigration.

Prior to working at OPC, Mr Quiggin worked for a number of years with the Tax Office and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mr Quiggin has been an ex officio member of the Board since January 2004.

Mr Quiggin was appointed a Commonwealth Queen’s Counsel  on 15 October 2020.