Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth McDonald

Elizabeth has over 15 years’ experience in native title, clean energy and all areas of property law.

She has negotiated native title agreements and Aboriginal cultural heritage management plans for a range of major projects across Australia. She has also advised on tenure, governance and policy issues arising under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (NSW) 1983 and the Aboriginal Land Act (Qld) 1991.

Elizabeth has advised on significant infrastructure and retail developments and acted on major commercial, industrial and rural property transactions.

Passionate about clean energy law, Elizabeth has advised wind farm and solar farm proponents on leases, licences, easements, Crown tenure, native title, power purchase agreements and electricity law. She recently collaborated with other leading clean energy professionals to provide advice to a Council on its proposed sustainability plan. In 2019, Elizabeth received an Australian Government Executive Leadership Award for clean energy law.

Elizabeth is known for bringing a unique skillset to legal engagements between large organisations and the broader community. Her expertise includes:

  • guiding large corporates and for-purpose organisations seeking to comply with their legal obligations in a way that builds their social licence to operate; and
  • working with diverse stakeholders, including corporates, for-purpose organisations, traditional owners and farmers, to design bespoke agreements that will meet their respective goals.

Elizabeth is a sessional academic in property law at the University of Newcastle Law School.