Dr Lily O'Neill

I am an environmental and natural resource researcher and policy analyst with over fifteen years of experience in negotiations and agreement making between Aboriginal traditional owners, private companies and the state. 

I am also a former practising lawyer at a major Australian law firm, and have a PhD in agreement making over natural resource extraction from the University of Melbourne.

Qualifications: BA/LLB (Hons), PhD


  • natural resources regulation and development
  • negotiation, agreement-making and dispute resolution
  • indigenous land and resource rights; 'social licence to operate'
  • strategic reviews, planning and risk management 

Key experience: 

  • Undertaken in-depth analysis of major mining and resource extraction land access negotiations and agreements in order to evaluate these agreements against objective benchmarks (for example legislation and market compensation).
  • Evaluated the community consultation process for the James Price Point/Browse LNG project, including conducting multiple interviews with key stakeholders, resulting in an evidenced-based guide for future developments.
  • Led strategic planning for the Collingwood Children’s Farm, a major Melbourne not-for-profit, resulting in increased services to children, and other key visitor groups.
  • Undertaken organisational strength assessments of community representative organisations.
  • Undertook a comparative analysis of hazardous waste regimes domestically and internationally in order to improve the transportation, re-use and disposal of these wastes locally.
  • Conducted litigation on behalf of hundreds of personal injury and class action clients, including appearing in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts, and conducting numerous negotiations and mediations.  
  • Taught at Melbourne Law School at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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