Larisa Michalko: Director of Proceedings and Director, Legal Services
Larisa Michalko commenced in the role of Director of Proceedings and Director of Legal Services in June 2020.
Larisa brings to the Commission significant prosecutorial, advisory, and policy experience, having worked in roles across a range of State, Territory, and Commonwealth Government agencies.
Larisa has extensive experience in prosecutions, having worked at the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a Trial Advocate, prosecuting matters before the Local and District Court of NSW. Larisa has also worked as a trial prosecutor in the Northern Territory and as a prosecutor in the Australian Capital Territory.
Prior to her appointment with the Commission, Larisa was the Director, Criminal Law Specialist at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. In that role, Larisa was responsible for the provision of expert criminal law advice to the Attorney General and Departmental Executive on a range of criminal law matters and also worked on a number of significant criminal law reforms, including those arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Larisa has also worked in roles at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office, the then Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, and for a Commonwealth House of Representatives Committee Secretariat.
Larisa holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours Class 1) from the University of Sydney, as well as a Master of Laws (with Merit) from the Australian National University.