Katrina Marson graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in 2012. She majored in Gender Studies in her Arts Degree, and her Law Honours thesis argued that the criminal justice system fails to reduce the incidence of unwanted sexual experiences for young Australians, compared to preventative education methods which are more effective.
In 2012, Katrina was awarded the Maree Ayers Prize for Criminal Justice and the Tillyard Prize for outstanding contribution to university life by the ANU. In 2013, she was named ANU Student of the Year.
She went into legal practice as a Criminal Lawyer, working for the ACTDirector of Public Prosecutions since 2013, including in the family violence and sexual offences units. She spent a year of that period on secondment at Legal Aid ACT as a Criminal Defence Lawyer. In 2016 she was named ACT Young Lawyer of the Year.
Katrina sat on the Governance Committee of the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre between 2012 and 2017, and tutors in Criminal Law and Evidence Law at ANU.
In 2018, Katrina was appointed Director of the team responsible for implementing the criminal justice recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Australian Capital Territory. Legislative and policy reform to improve access to justice for victims of child sexual offending were the focus of those recommendations.
In 2020 she was named a Policy Impact Program Fellow in the inaugural program launched by the Winston Churchill Trust and the University of Queensland’s Centre for Policy Futures.
She delivered a TEDx Talk on the power of relationships and sexuality education in Brisbane, Australia in 2022.
Katrina was appointed a member of the Australian Government Respectful Relationships Education Expert Working Group in 2023.
She lives and works on Ngunnawal country.
Katrina was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018, and in 2019 travelled to Europe and North America researching the implementation of relationships and sexuality education to safeguard sexual wellbeing.
I'm excited to give the keynote at the 2023 Growing & Developing Healthy Relationships Symposium in Perth on 27 Oct. Please join us if you're West Coast way. If you can't make it in person, you can join the livestream for a couple of sessions! Tickets here https://rseproject.org.au/rse-symposium-2023-2/