• Adjunct Professor at the Australian Catholic University, Thomas More Law School
  • Honorary Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School
  • University Fellow at the Asia Pacific School of Business and Law, Charles Darwin University.
  • Honorary Faculty Member at the Dilin Duwa Centre for Indigenous Business Excellence in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.
  • Member of the Law Institute Victoria 
  • Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory (First Admission – 1996)

Matthew is a solicitor who has worked with and for Traditional Owners in the areas of native title and land rights, cultural heritage, business development and natural resource management for over 35 years.

From 2019 until 2021 Matthew worked as Director of the Office of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council at the Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet. Prior to that he had held the position of CEO at First Nations Legal and Research Services Ltd (formerly Native Title Servies Victoria) from 2012 until 2018 and then as CEO of the National Native Title Council.

Before commencing at First Nations, Matthew lived in the Northern Territory for nearly 25 years. While there he worked in Aboriginal land rights as a Senior Crown Law Officer with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory. Also working for Aboriginal Legal Aid in the NT, he was the instructing solicitor in many of the Northern Territory Stolen Generations cases. 

As Associate Professor and Head of Law at the Territory’s Charles Darwin University, he was an active member of the Council of Australian Law Deans. He has been a President of the Law Society of the NT and a Director of the Law Council of Australia at which time he was active in legal ethical regulation and continuing professional development programs. 

Matthew has instructed and appeared as an advocate before a great many courts and tribunals from the National Native Title Tribunal to the High Court of Australia. He is a qualified mediator and has held statutory mediator appointments in areas such as industrial relations, planning and anti-discrimination.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours course at CDU, was also awarded the Attorney General’s Medal and University Medal, has a Graduate Diploma Legal Practice from the ANU, and a Master of Law specialising in environmental law from Macquarie University for which he was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s commendation. He holds post graduate qualifications in Adult and Vocational Education, a Graduate Diploma in Energy and Natural Resources Law at the University of Melbourne and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Deakin University.

Offshore Wind Declared Areas

Offshore Wind Declared Areas

Policy Development Consultancy
Native Title and Land Rights

A brief exploration of the issues for Traditional Owners in offshore wind Declared Areas.

Munkara v Santos  NA Barossa Pty Ltd  (No 3) [2024] FCA 9 Case Summary

Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) [2024] FCA 9 Case Summary

Natural Resource Management Law
First Nations Cultural Heritage Law
Native Title and Land Rights

A Case Summary of Munkara v Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd (No 3) [2024] FCA 9 (Munkara v Santos No 3).