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Federal Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP, today announced the appointment of Ms Raelene Sharp KC as the next Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms Sharp began her legal career working as an articled clerk at the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions in 2000. In 2004, she joined what was then the Australian Crime Commission before working with the United Nations in Lebanon for 2 and a half years. Ms Sharp signed the Bar Roll in Victoria in 2010 and took silk in 2022.

Ms Sharp has also been working as counsel assisting the Special Investigator appointed to investigate possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict allegedly committed by members of the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016.   

Ms Sharp will commence her 5-year term as Commonwealth Director on 4 December 2023.