Professor McKay serves as the Director for the Centre for Comparative Water Policies and Laws at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. She teaches business law and performs research on water law reform. She focuses, in particular, on regulatory models for the management and allocation of water between competing uses and between competing jurisdictions, which she calls "Regional Federalism" for Australia
Presently she is one of 20 researchers in an Australian Research Council funded Centre of Excellence in Groundwater management which will run for 10 years. She has supervised 10 Phd students in the last 18 years and served the State of South Australia as a member of the Natural resources Management council for 3 years. She was an inaugural member and still serves as a Commissioner for water resources and had heard 15 water matters where there is a conflict between the Minister and a grower over water allocations.
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