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Biography - Robert Cornall AO

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Portrait of Robert Cornall in a suit and smiling.Robert Cornall was born in Melbourne.  He attended Wesley College, then studied for a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1968.

After 15 years as a partner in a Melbourne law firm, Mr Cornall was Executive Director and Secretary of the Law Institute of Victoria from 1987 to 1995, Managing Director of Victoria Legal Aid from 1995 to 2000, and Secretary of the Australian Attorney-General's Department from 2000 to 2008.

Following his resignation from that position, Mr Cornall has undertaken numerous consultancies and other appointments for the Australian Government, including those set out below.

He and Dr Rufus Black were engaged to lead the 2011 Independent Review of the Intelligence Community.

In February 2014, Mr Cornall was appointed to conduct an investigation for the Australian Government into events at Manus Island, and he was also Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce from 2014 to its conclusion in 2016 (formerly Deputy Chair from 2012).

Mr Cornall was appointed as the Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments for three years commencing on 3 September 2015.

He was Acting President of the Australian Law Reform Commission from July to October 2017.

In January 2006, Mr Cornall was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the community in developing public policy.

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