Independent Reviewers

Robin Creyke AO

Appointed 2015

Law and public administration has been a focus of Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke’s practice, research and teaching. She is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University and a senior (sessional) member of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Until recently, Professor Creyke was a senior (executive) member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, as well as spending 11 years as a member of the Administrative Review Council (1999-2010) and five years as Commissioner of the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC 2001-2006). Her work as an Integrity Adviser with the Australian Tax Office (2006-2009) was instrumental in increasing the robustness of the agency’s integrity framework.

Since 2012, Professor Creyke has been a member of the Federal Litigation Committee of the Law Council of Australia, which keeps her informed of relevant and current activities in administrative law. While at the ICRC her work involved development of consumer codes as well as development of a framework for the ICRC’s complaints mechanism.

Professor Creyke has developed a specialty interest in tribunals and government and is recognised as a national and international expert in this area. This expertise is reflected in the long list of publications credited to her. In the area of administrative law alone she has written or edited 10 books, two monographs and over 50 chapters and articles, more than 40 of which were in referred journals or invited publications.

In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Professor Creyke was awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to administrative law, and to education, as an academic and author, to public administration and tribunal practice, and to professional bodies.

Professor Creyke lives in Canberra and in her spare time enjoys cooking, gardening, bushwalking and relaxing with friends.

Former Independent Reviewers

The Hon Deirdre O'Connor was appointed as the first Independent Reviewer in April 2008.  Ad Standards appointed Mr Mick Palmer, AO APM, as an alternate Independent Reviewer in September 2009, to ensure the operation of the review system in the event of Ms O'Connor's absence.

Ms O'Connor and Mr Palmer retired from their positions as Independent Reviewers in 2011. Their positions were taken up by the Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO and Ms Victoria Rubensohn AM. Professor Pearce retired from the position in 2015 and his position was taken up by Robin Creyke. Ms Rubensohn retired from her appointment in 2020 and will be replaced by a new Independent Reviewer by the end of the year.