Michael Strong is the former Director of the Office of Police Integrity and prior to that was a judge of the County Court of Victoria for 20 years. He has held board positions in a number of other not-for-profit organisations.
Michael Strong was admitted to legal practice in 1972. He was employed at the Melbourne firm Mallesons until 1975 when he signed the role of counsel. At the Victorian Bar, he had a general practice before moving into the speciality of commercial crime. This led to his appointment as a Prosecutor for the Queen in the Victorian Commercial Crime Group in 1981. He returned to the Bar in 1984 continuing his work in the area of commercial crime, as well as industrial law.
Michael was appointed a judge of the County Court of Victoria in 1988. He sat in all the jurisdictions of the Court and presided over Victoria’s longest police corruption trial. He served two years as a Vice President of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Michael resigned from the bench in 2008 upon his appointment as Director of the Victorian Office of Police Integrity where he remained until his retirement from full-time work in 2012. Later in 2012 he was appointed a sessional Examiner with the Australian Crime Commission, a position he still holds. In 2013 he was appointed Chair of the Australian Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
Michael has held positions in a number of not for profit organisations, most notably Berry Street Victoria, Victoria's largest independent child and family welfare agency. Michael was a member of the board for 16 years and served two terms as President. Michael is currently a director of Odyssey House, a respected drug and alcohol rehabilitation agency. He is also a director of the Accountability Roundtable, an integrity advocacy group.