15 February 2005
Signed Bar Roll:
16 May 2013
Level 11, Room 08
460 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Employment Law
- Industrial Relations
- Environment Law
- Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
- Royal Commissions
- Professional Disciplinary Matters
- Education Law
- Tribunals and Commissions
Natalie Blok has a diverse practice in administrative law and workplace law, with a focus on planning & environment law, regulatory compliance & disciplinary inquiries and employment disputes. She has a particular interest in expanding her expertise in regulatory and integrity issues, including in public inquiries and commissions.
Natalie is hard working, reliable, engaged and personable. She has a systematic and thorough approach and attends to both detail and broader strategic concerns. She has an excellent understanding of government systems and administrative processes and is adept at making them easily understood. She is passionate about the law and brings strong research, writing and problem-solving skills and capacities to all her work.
Natalie’s practice involves advice and appearance work, both led and unled, in the Federal Court (including the Full Court), Victorian Court of Appeal, the Victorian Supreme Court, the Coroner’s Court, the Federal Circuit Court, the Children’s Court and VCAT. Natalie regularly acts on behalf of developers, local government or objectors in planning cases in VCAT and before Boards and Panels in disciplinary matters (including the Suitability Panel, the Merit Protection Board, and as Counsel Assisting the Victorian Building Practitioners’ Board). She enjoys acting both for and against government clients in a range of matters including regulatory proceedings, merits and judicial review proceedings (such as migration and Comcare) and coronial inquests. She frequently acts for the Department of Health and Human Services in matters involving the State’s most vulnerable children.
In her employment law practice, Natalie advises and conducts litigation on behalf of both employees and employers including in unfair dismissals (and jurisdictional disputes), underpayment claims, adverse action and discrimination. She also regularly advises the new Registered Organisations Commissioner.
Natalie regularly works with Senior Counsel, most recently with Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, Kristen Walker QC (Solicitor-General) and Christopher Canavan QC. She has also worked with Richard Niall QC (now of the Court of Appeal), Melinda Richards SC (now of the Supreme Court), Steve Moore QC (now of the Supreme Court), Susan Brennan SC, Paul O’Grady QC and Guy Gilbert SC.
Prior to the Bar, Natalie was a Principal Solicitor with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office (2004-2013) in the Public Law team and an associate to the Hon. Justice Gray of the Federal Court (2003-2004).
In her role with the VGSO, Natalie advised Government and ran litigation in the High Court, the Federal Court, the Supreme Court and VCAT on a range of matters involving administrative law, constitutional law, disciplinary, equal opportunity and regulation, human rights and schools law. A highlight of her time with the VGSO was leading a team of schools’ lawyers in the Department of Education and Early Childhood (18 months).
- Women Barristers Association – membership officer and subcommittee chair (Women in History) 2018 –
VPELA; Australian Institute of Administrative Law; Australian Labour Law Association; Industrial Bar Association; Migration Law Bar Association
- Law Institute of Victoria
- School Councillor: Spensely Street Primary School (3 years) & Education
- Policy Committee Chair: School Council (2 years)
Academic Position /
Natalie recently completed her Masters of Public and International Law (2018) (Planning and Development Law, Employment Contracts, Statutory Interpretation, Discrimination Law, Industrial Bargaining, Workplace Investigations, Citizenship Law, Workplace Health and Safety, Water Law, Advanced Administrative Law, and Executive Power).
Natalie tutors from time to time at La Trobe University Law School (administrative law/statutory interpretation).
Recent papers include:
- Seminar Paper “Applying the Apprehended Bias Test: A Nuanced and Balanced Approach” (2018) (with Nicholas Green QC)
- Seminar paper “Facts and Evidence in Administrative Law” (2017) (with Nicholas Green QC)
- case note discussing the Full Federal Court decision in Vata-Meyer v Commonwealth  FCAFC 139 (race discrimination claim)
Pro bono practice