Melanie Morris


Melanie is a director at Gilshenan and Luton and practices in the area of employment law, administrative law and occupational disciplinary law. Prior to practicing in these areas, Melanie also practiced in criminal law and misconduct law.

Melanie represents clients in all aspects of employment law including:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Redundancy
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace bullying
  • Contract disputes
  • Restraint of trade
  • Award breaches
  • Adverse action
  • General protections

Melanie has a particular interest in occupational disciplinary law and regularly represents a variety of clients employed in professional occupations to respond to disciplinary allegations by their regulatory bodies. Her clients include members of the health profession, legal profession, teachers and police officers to name but a few.

Melanie has presented to the legal profession on various topics. She is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational Discipline Committee which meets regularly to review and comment on law and policy affecting professionals or occupations with a regulatory body. Melanie is also a member of:

  • The Medico-Legal Society; and
  • The Women Lawyer Association of Queensland.

Melanie is married and has two young children. Outside her work, her interests include music, art and tennis.

Recent articles by Melanie

Human rights in Australia

Human rights in Australia

Human rights are a basic set of rights and freedoms available to everyone. We look at the differences between the Federal and State laws and your options if your human rights are breached.
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Legal definitions of discrimination in Australia

What does the law say about discrimination?

A close look at Federal and Queensland-based laws that protect rights against discrimination, along with your options to pursue legal recourse if you experience discrimination.
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Stop sexual harassment at work orders

Sexual harassment at work – significant changes to the law

Federal sexual harassment laws cover workers nationwide and are designed to improve protection and increase empowerment of workers.
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New casual employee definition inserted into the Fair Work Act

The impact of the casual employee definition for employers and employees

On 4 August 2021 the High Court finally delivered its decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato & Ors, bringing clarity to the meaning of ‘casual employee’.
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