Administrative Investigations Lawyer

Jessica Edis

Jessica Edis is a former Principal Federal prosecutor, who now specialises in the areas of migration law, and administrative and criminal investigations. 

Areas of expertise

  • Policy violations and employee misconduct
  • Compliance, oversight, internal justice reviews
  • Administrative and criminal investigations
  • Corporate fraud
  • Migration law
  • Workplace safety investigations


Jessica was engaged by the Office of the Inspector General of the United Nations World Food Program in 2015 for a six month appointment as an internal investigator, based in Rome.  She conducted worldwide fact-finding investigations into alleged misconduct and violations of its policies by its employees and contractors, making recommendations for corrective action and improved controls and efficiency of operations, based on the conclusions reached.  She continues to consult to the World Food Program, from Australia.

Jessica is also a Registered Migration Agent, whose client base predominantly comprises overseas nationals. 

Jessica previously worked as a Federal prosecutor for nine years.  She oversaw investigations and prosecutions of corporate, tax and social security fraud, money laundering, drug importation, bankruptcy, customs and passports offences, and child sex tourism.  She was responsible for providing strategic legal, investigative and policy advice to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and the investigating officers within various law enforcement agencies.

Jessica was serially seconded by the CDPP to the West Australian WorkSafe Commission, a government body established for the purposes of securing the safety and health of people at the workplace. She variously fulfilled the roles of Director of Legal Services and Special Investigations, and Senior Lawyer.  She provided advice and training to the WorkSafe Commissioner, the inspectors and investigators, and the Policy Directorate on a range of issues – including the conduct of inspections, investigations and prosecutions, jurisdictional matters, administrative law and disciplinary proceedings.  She was also carried out special investigations into allegations of misconduct by WorkSafe inspectors.

Jessica started her legal career in 2001 with Ashurst (a Silver Circle firm), following an Associateship at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  She worked as a commercial litigator and insolvency specialist, with blue chip and government clients.  In 2002/2003, Jessica was seconded from Ashurst to work for the HIH Royal Commission, established by the Australian government to enquire into the failure of Australia’s second largest insurance company. Jessica was engaged to review the extensive documentary evidence and oral testimony, and assist with the drafting of the final report submitted to the Australian Parliament in April 2003.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Western Australia.  She completed studies in Private International Law, International Organisations, and Human Rights as part of her Bachelor of Laws at University of Aix-Marseille, in the French language.  She also has a Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law & Practice from the Australian National University.