julie sibraa, special counsel

Julie Sibraa has 20 years public policy experience in both the government and private sectors, with a deep understanding of the workings of government, including parliamentary and legislative processes, and the importance of communicating the need, objectives and benefits of policy reform to the public. 

After attaining her university degrees in Arts, majoring in Psychology and Literature and Social Work, Julie began her working life in government during the Hawke/Keating era; working with Federal parliamentarians including the Health Minister where she had responsibility for drug policy, mental health and women’s health.

In 1999 Julie joined the re-elected NSW Government as a Ministerial Adviser where she worked for the next ten years.  For nearly nine of those years Julie worked for Minister John Della Bosca, becoming Deputy Chief of Staff in 2003 and Chief of Staff in 2007 when he took on the Education and Training portfolio.

From 2003 to 2007 she was the Minister’s adviser on NSW Government ICT Policy which culminated in the release of the four-year People First ICT strategy.

In the decade she worked for the NSW Government, Julie was at the forefront of the implementation of significant and difficult policy reforms, including the Government response to the NSW Drug Summit, the development of the “Stronger Together” disability reform and the Motor Accident Authority’s Lifetime Care and Support Scheme. 

In 2008, Julie joined the office of the Premier of NSW as Senior Adviser for Transport and Infrastructure, later that year becoming Chief of Staff to the newly appointed NSW Treasurer. In June 2009 Julie returned to the Federal government as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister for Employment Participation. Before undertaking work in public affairs, Julie spent nearly two years as National Policy Manager for Infrastructure Partnerships Australia – the peak body for the Infrastructure industry.

Between September 2016 and May 2018, Julie held the position of Director of Governance for the NSW Branch of the Australian Labor Party. Julie was the first person to hold the position and was responsible for implementing new systems and processes within the Party and improve its overall governance.

Julie has been with Wells Haslem Mayhew, and its predecessor Jackson Wells, since 2011.