Emma Mackey

Our team is led by Emma, who has 26 years experience as a lawyer and is admitted to practise law in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Since 2001, Emma's practice has focused on Administrative Law, particularly Australian and New Zealand immigration law.

Prior to 2001, Emma practised in insurance, general litigation and employment law. Through her work she has demonstrated strong analytical, strategic and decision-making skills and has a proven track record in providing advice and recommendations to a wide range of stakeholders.

Emma has a keen interest in developing people through leadership, mentoring, adult education and philanthropy.


  • Advocacy, including appearances in State and Federal courts and tribunals in four jurisdictions.
  • Litigation, including interlocutory matters, hearings at first instance, appeals and merit review hearings.
  • Administrative decision-making.
  • Dispute resolution, including conciliation and arbitration.
  • Australian and New Zealand immigration law, including visas and citizenship.
  • Employment law.
  • Corporate governance.
  • Legal writing.
  • Qualified adult trainer.


Bachelor of Laws
University of Western Australia, 1989

Bachelor of Jurisprudence
University of Western Australia, 1988

Admitted to practise law
Western Australia (1990), Federal jurisdictions (1990), New South Wales (2001) and Victoria (2002)

Certificate in Victorian Notarial Practice
Victoria University, 2013

Admitted as Notary Public in Victoria
May 2016

Australian Registered Migration Agent (No. 1169802)

Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training
Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA, 2001


Interview by SBS 26 August 2014
"A step by step guide to 457 visas & illegal workers." Recruitment Extra August 2013 p22
"New liability of executive officers for employment of illegal workers." Keeping Good Companies June 2013 p296
"457 Visas and Health Disclosure." Public Accountant August/September 2012 p52
"457 Visa Program Compliance." Public Accountant February/March 2012 p42
"Employers struggle with 457 visa obligations." Benchmarking HR April 2011