Carolyn Hough is one of Australia’s best known and well respected policy lawyers and strategic thinkers. A copyright law specialist, she is also an expert adviser on internet and communications law and policy.
Carolyn has spent over 15 years working with a wide range of government departments, industry bodies and major corporations as a legal adviser, public policy professional and government relations manager.
Policy Australia’s clients include internet companies such as Google and Netflix, peak body groups in the education sector, digital advocacy groups and rights holder representative organisations.
Her previous roles include:
- Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Google Australia & New Zealand
- Special Counsel, Copyright & Communications, Minter Ellison Lawyers
(representing clients such as the peak body for Australia’s school and TAFE sectors, Optus, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Interactive Games Association of Australia, the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, the Commonwealth Education Department, the National Film and Sound Archive and the Copyright in Cultural Institutions Working Group)
- Public Policy Manager, Telstra Regulatory
- Principal Legal Officer, New Technologies Section, Copyright Law Branch
Commonwealth Attorney–General’s Department
(including responsibility for the development and implementation of the Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000)
- Assistant Director, Secretariat to the Intellectual Property and Competition Review Committee (Ergas Review)
Carolyn was on the Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of the appropriateness of copyright exceptions in the digital environment. She is a member of the Management Committee of the Copyright Society of Australia and a member of the Communications and Media Law Association. Carolyn has also been a Board Member of the Internet Industry Association.
She is an accomplished public speaker and trainer and has been consulted by major media outlets for comment on complex Government reform initiatives.
In 2001 Carolyn was awarded an Australia Day award for her work on the Digital Agenda Act.