Matt Black is a barrister practising out of Brisbane's Quay 11 Chambers. Matt provides timely and pragmatic advice and advocacy, with a focus on achieving lasting results for clients. He advises and appears for a range of private and government clients in both state and federal jurisdictions.
Immediately before coming to the Bar, Matt was an in-house lawyer with the legal services branch of Centrelink. He was the manager of a team of legal officers, with primarily an administrative law and debt litigation practice. His previous experience includes legal research for their Honours Kingham P and Koppenol DCJ (both formerly of the Land and Resources Tribunal).
Matt's other experience includes:
- Since 2018, Matt has held ad hoc appointments as an Inspector under the Corrective Services Act 2006 (Qld) for the purpose of investigating and reporting on deaths in custody and other matters.
- Since 2017, Matt has been a member of the Bar Association of Queensland's Migration Law Committee. In 2015, he was part of the legal team which was awarded the Australian Lawyers Alliance Civil Justice Award for its pro bono work on a significant migration law case.
- Since 2017, Matt has been a reporter for the Queensland Reports (being the Authorised Reports of the Supreme Court of Queensland).
- From 2010 to 2016, Matt held an appointment as an Official Visitor under the Corrective Services Act 2006 (Qld). In that role, he regularly attended correctional centres around South East Queensland to investigate prisoner complaints and review departmental decisions. Official Visitors form part of a statutory program of independent review that ensures administrative decisions made within correctional centres are fair and accountable. Official Visitors are also responsible for reviewing discrimination complaints, safety orders and maximum security orders.
- From 2012 to 2015, Matt taught administrative law as a casual lecturer with the College of Law in Brisbane.
- In 2010, Matt was called to the private Bar in Queensland.
- From 2006 to 2010, Matt worked in Centrelink's legal services branch. He regularly appeared in contested hearings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and instructed external legal providers in Federal Court litigation.
- From 2004 to 2006, Matt undertook legal research for the Land and Resources Tribunal, including working directly for Judge Koppenol (then President of the Tribunal) and Judge Kingham (then Deputy President of the Tribunal).
- From 2003 to 2004, Matt worked in the members' support team at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, providing hearing room support and general assistance to members of the Tribunal.
- In 2003, Matt undertook an internship at the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra.