The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has congratulated Australian Army Reserve Colonel (COL) Bernadette Boss, who has been selected to be a Magistrate of the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court.
Mr Snowdon said COL Boss will bring her significant experience to the appointment, from her background as a barrister to her work as an Officer in the Australian Army.
“COL Boss has practised in a range of areas including criminal law, military law, administrative law and family law. Her appointment follows a competitive process and is recognition of her outstanding contributions in both her civilian and military capacities,” Mr Snowdon said.
COL Boss said she was looking forward to the new role.
“I’m humbled by the appointment. It is a fantastic opportunity to be able to use my experience in the law to serve the community as a Magistrate,” she said.
COL Boss joined the Australian Army Reserves as a Signal Officer after transferring from the British Territorial Army in 1995. She then transferred to the Army Legal Corps in 1996 where she worked for five years in the Regular Army.
In 2002, Col Boss again became a Reserve Signals Officer. In the following years she studied for her PhD in international law at the University of Sydney and was appointed the first female Commanding Officer of the Sydney University Regiment. COL Boss was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement in that role.
During her career she has deployed to East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Until last year, Dr Boss was a barrister working in private practice in Canberra, and as a Reserve Officer in Army Headquarters.
“I’ve been back in the Army on full time service this year at the Australian Defence College, studying at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. It has been an incomparable experience with the opportunity to think critically about Australia’s place in the world,” she said.
Media contacts: (Minister Snowdon) Lidija Ivanovski 0407 108 935, or Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820
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