Our staff

OPC has 3 statutory officers appointed by the Governor-General under section 4 of the Parliamentary Counsel Act 1970

  • Peter Quiggin PSM - appointed First Parliamentary Counsel  on 13 May 2004
  • Meredith Leigh - appointed Second Parliamentary Counsel on 1 March 2016
  • Keith Byles PSM - appointed Second Parliamentary Counsel on 14 January 2018

Appointments are for a term of seven years and office-holders can be re-appointed.

In addition, we have a staff of around 100 people who are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. There are approximately 45 drafters, all of whom are lawyers. We also have around 40 publishing and editorial staff and 15 corporate services staff covering areas such as finance, administration and IT services.

Our staff play a vital role at the centre of government, and are responsible for drafting and publishing laws that give legal effect to government policy. We also provide support to other government agencies in drafting and compiling legislative and other instruments, and ensure that the public has free access to up-to-date Commonwealth laws.

Find out about current employment opportunities at OPC.