Cat McGauran likes helping people understand things. It’s what compelled her to undertake an Arts/Law degree and what drew her to journalism. After completing her double degree, Cat pursued a media/communications pathway and launched a diverse and exciting career focused on storytelling, and bringing ideas, opinions and investigations to life for a listening audience.
Over almost seven years, Cat worked at the ABC and PBS as a radio producer and reporter on rural and metropolitan stations. Many impressive experiences and opportunities later, Cat made a change and moved into print journalism, working for a well-known urban design publication and freelance writing for several years.
A decision to move to regional Victoria to escape the bustle of her hometown of Melbourne landed Cat and her family in Central Victoria for a simpler, more connected life. It felt like the right time to return to her Law degree, and Cat joined Robertson Hyetts at the end of 2021. Cat works in the areas of Commercial and Property Law after gaining experience in Family Law at another firm.
“I love working with people and law is a very practical way to do that. Journalism is about getting people’s stories out into the world, but law allows me to help people work towards goals they have in their own lives.”
Cat was a Research Assistant to Julian Burnside AO QC for four years during her Law degree. A career highlight was working as part of the team involved in the landmark case of Bruce Trevorrow, a member of the Indigenous stolen generation, who successfully sued the South Australian government for removing him from his parents – an Australian first.
Cat is an advocate for a range of social causes, including social housing, cycling infrastructure around the Mt Alexander Shire and access to quality childcare. She is also on the outreach committee of Victorian Women Lawyers. You may catch Cat zipping around town or a mountain bike trail on her e-bike – just one of her interests alongside cooking, swimming, knitting and being constantly delighted by her family and friends.