Melissa Elleray


Melissa has worked in private practice supporting not-for-profit and education clients to foster safe and happy environments for their workforce and for the children and young people who attend their organisations.

She has also worked as a Judge’s Associate at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

With her background in psychology, Melissa has a special interest in creating mentally healthy workplaces. Melissa is particularly passionate about advocating for working parents, women, and LGBTQIA+ persons to feel safe and supported at work.

Areas of Practice

Melissa works with clients to manage employee capacity, misconduct and performance concerns, and respond to complaints of bullying and discrimination. Her objective is to set employers up with functional and effective policy frameworks to foster healthy workplace environments which support their staff to thrive.

Melissa advises on employment disputes in the Fair Work Commission, policy reviews and audits, reviewing employment contracts, designing and delivering workplace training, and providing advice regarding reasonable adjustments and discrimination.

Experience and expertise

Melissa has experience in navigating child safety and sexual harm matters in a trauma informed way. She believes that victim/survivors of harm should be supported and strongly advocates for providing procedurally fair processes for respondents.

Recent examples of work undertaken by Melissa include:

  • Assisting employers to respond to complaints of bullying and harassment
  • Providing advice regarding the Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • Conducting workplace investigations
  • Providing practical tools and support to manage employee misconduct

Professional and community engagement

Melissa is a member of Victorian Women Lawyers.


  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Charles Sturt University
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Deakin University


  • Victorian Women Lawyers
  • Law Institute of Victoria
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I know when I seek advice from Melissa she will place a lens of compassion over the situation, which really helps us as an organisation mitigate our psychosocial risks.