Justice Rachel Pepper was appointed as a Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW in May 2009.
She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney’s Law School.
Justice Pepper is a member of the Ngara Yura Committee of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales and a member of the AIJA Indigenous Justice Committee. She is on the National Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Administrative Law and the Secretary of the Australian Institute of Administrative law New South Wales Chapter. She is a New South Wales representative on the Executive Committee of the Australian Association of Women Judges. She is also a board member of Twenty10.
During 2017 and 2018 her Honour chaired the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Gas Reservoirs and Associated Activities in the Northern Territory.
From 1997 until her appointment to the bench, Justice Pepper practised as a barrister at the New South Wales Bar. While at the bar, she was a member of Bar Council from 2000 to 2009, including holding the role of Secretary from 2006 to 2009.
Prior to being called to the bar, Justice Pepper was the Associate to Justice Michael McHugh AC in the High Court of Australia.