Full Name: Mr Steven Brnovic
Phone: +61 3 9225 7777
Mobile: 0406318982
Chambers: Isaacs Chambers
Room: 0824
Date of Admission: 15 Aug 2006
Called to the Bar: 25 Oct 2018
Qualifications: Masters of Public and International Law; LLB(Hons); BA; GDLP
Previous Occupation: Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, General Counsel, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria


Steven has a longstanding practice in regulatory and administrative law. 

Since coming to the Bar, Steven has appeared in public law, criminal law and commercial matters.  Steven he has a strong presence in the Review and Regulation and Residential Tenancies lists at VCAT.  He regularly acts for the Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victorian Building Authority, Victoria Police and VicRoads.  He has conducted judicial review proceedings with respect to VCAT decisions (both led and unled), conducted and defended summary prosecutions, makes application for public interest immunity, defends applications under the Open Courts Act 2013 and has a strong advisory practice.  

Prior to coming to the Bar, Steven was General Counsel to Victoria’s commercial passenger vehicle industry regulator.  He was a key player in establishing a statutory framework for regulating ride-share providers. 

Steven has over 13 years’ experience as a solicitor in tribunal advocacy, statutory interpretation, regulatory compliance and administrative decision-making.  Steven has appeared as a solicitor-advocate at VCAT in reviews of licensing and disciplinary decisions and freedom of information matters. He has managed and trained teams of lawyers conducting prosecutions and tribunal hearings.

Steven has previously been a Senior Solicitor at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office. He has acted for regulators, Victoria Police, Departments, Minister’s Offices in merits reviews and national health profession boards in professional misconduct charges.   He represented the Secretary in working with children check matters and has advised public boards on statutory compliance, governance, financial management and commercial matters. 

Steven was an LIV Accredited Specialist in Administrative Law. He has been an Executive Officer in the public service and acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Taxi Services Commission. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law.

Steven accepts briefs in public, commercial and employment law.

Steven read with Elizabeth Bennett.  His Senior Mentor was Dr Matt Collins AM QC.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

Criminal Law

  • Health & Safety

Environmental Law & Planning Law

Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions

  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Fair Work Commission
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
  • Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

Public Law & Administrative Law

  • Compliance & Investigations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
  • Freedom of Information (FOI)
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration
  • Industry Regulations
  • Information Privacy
  • Judicial Review
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Merits Review
  • Migration Law

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Federal Courts
  • High Court of Australia
From 26 Oct 2018, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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