Simon Pickering

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Simon is an inquisitive and capable Manager in Nous’ Darwin office.

Clients in justice, health, disability, and social services appreciate how he approaches problems with creativity, curiosity and pragmatism, and quickly identifies and interrogates key issues. As a Darwin local, Simon brings a strong understanding of the Northern Territory (NT) context, and the government’s challenges and strategic priorities. A published legal academic, he has provided legal advice to state and Australian governments on matters of national and constitutional significance as a litigation lawyer.

Influential work

  • Conducted an organisational review of the Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance NT’s executive structure and designed alternatives to meet long-term changes and challenges
  • Consolidated and streamlined how government services are delivered in Alice Springs through human-centred redesign
  • Designed and conducted an evaluation of headspace’s Our Way Our Say program, a social and emotional wellbeing pilot program designed for young people to determine if (or how) it should be expanded
  • Synthesised insights from more than 300 stakeholders and more than 90 commitments and prepared the Territory’s first 10-year Disability Strategy and Action Plan
  • Evaluated the Remote Child and Family Safety Program (a two-year, $19 million joint initiative between the NT and Australian governments based in 26 remote communities) and developed recommendations to improve future delivery.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous, Simon was a lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor, specialising in law enforcement and national security litigation (including public interest immunity, witness protection, control orders and compulsory examinations). He has worked at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Office of Public Prosecutions and is a published legal academic. Simon was Director of Development Education at the Oaktree Foundation, produced the Melbourne University Law Revue, and led a team in Wade Institute’s Startup Sprint.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Environments from the University of Melbourne and a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School, partially completed at the University of Copenhagen. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and High Court of Australia.

In his spare time...

Simon loves playing soccer, travelling and seeing the Territory’s great outdoors. He is a voracious reader, loves comedy and live theatre, and is on a brief, talent-based hiatus from acting.


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