Lye, Jane

Senior Executive Lawyer


Jane is an outstanding government lawyer, leader and mentor. A highly effective operator, Jane leads our National Tax Team and manages the conduct of high-profile legal matters for the Commonwealth. She has more than 15 years of experience with AGS, acting for the Commonwealth in applications, trials and appeals brought before the courts, including the High Court.

She has worked extensively on tax litigation since 2010 and has specialist expertise in commercial trials and judicial review matters. She has acted for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in a number of matters, such as defending a challenge brought by Queensland Nickel to the inclusion of Halifax Bay in the Park and successfully managed the claim brought by the Commonwealth following the grounding of the vessel, the Shen Neng 1, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park causing substantial damage to the coral and marine environment. She is currently leading a litigation team representing the Commonwealth on a class action PFAS claim concerning Wreck Bay.

Jane is the current chair of the South Queensland committee of the Australian Government Leadership Network. She is also an accredited trainer and designs and presents legal seminars on administrative law matters. She was a finalist in the ‘In-house Lawyer of the Year’ award in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2017.

Relevant experience

Jane’s relevant experience includes:


Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland, 1992

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University, 1993

Bachelor of Economics, University of Queensland, 1998


Finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards ‘In-house Lawyer of the Year’ award, 2017