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By trade, Abbey is an employment and industrial lawyer. Over the last decade, Abbey has worked for small and national labour law firms and unions. Before commencing at the Centre, Abbey held the position of Chairperson of the Young Worker’s Centre Inc. in Victoria.
Abbey has dedicated her career to representing and advocating for worker’s rights and has successfully represented organisations against unlawful AFP raids, defended employees against dodgy traineeships enforced by national food franchises, and represented hundreds of workers in discrimination, dismissal and workers compensations matters.
Abbey holds a Bachelor of Law and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Abbey also holds governance qualifications from the Governance Institute of Australia and is completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Gender Studies.
Abbey sits on the Australian Labour and Employment Relations SA committee, the SA Government’s Workplace Equality and Respect Project Governance Group as well as the TAFE SA Women’s Education Advisory Group. In 2019, Abbey was elected to the Policy council of the South Australian Council of Social Service.
Abbey is a qualified Our Watch trainer and regularly writes and speaks about women and workplace relations.