Debra Angus has over 20 years’ experience working at the heart of parliamentary democracies, specialising in public law and democratic governance.
Debra is an expert adviser on public, constitutional, electoral and parliamentary law and procedure, public finance management and public sector oversight, governance and funding. She has a deep understanding of parliamentary and public sector processes and works as a trusted adviser to clients, officials and international organisations.
Debra has advised on the exercise of powers by public officials, the development of policy to legislation and the legislative process. She has conducted external reviews of agency process for developing legislation and the implementation of legislation under a statutory review requirement. She has drafted legislation, procedural rules and instruments, including Members’ bills, amendments to Government legislation and has prepared draft Bills for international projects.
A former Deputy Clerk of the House of Representatives, legal adviser to Parliament’s Privileges Committee, the Regulations Review Committee, Debra has also advised select committees on legislative scrutiny, inquiries and petitions.
Debra also works as an independent consultant with international organisations to build capability and strengthen developing democracies in effective governance, rule of law and public finance management projects:
- working with developing democracies, post-conflict, and small-island developing states;
- advice on international best practice in parliamentary procedure and law, oversight, legislative and financial scrutiny; autonomy, capacity-building for members of Parliament and secretariats.
- expertise in drafting procedural rules and legislation.
- advice on public finance management, audit and governance reform.
Recently, Debra has worked on projects in Fiji, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vanuatu and the Republic of Georgia.
You can read more about Debra’s democratic governance work here