Sally has been the Principal Sector Specialist for Gender Equality in Australia's aid program since May 2013. She has been a senior executive in the Australian Government since 2008, responsible for the Office for Women, and working on Indigenous Affairs and in DisabilityCare Australia. Prior to this, Sally was the AusAID Gender Adviser. She came to AusAID in 2006 with a decade's experience in gender equality policy domestically and internationally at the Australian Human Rights Commission, where she was the Director of the Sex Discrimination Unit.
Sally has also been a team leader at the Australian Law Reform Commission, responsible for a two-year national inquiry into Children and the Legal Process, and a Senior Investigator at the Office of the NSW Ombudsman, investigating complaints against police. In addition, Sally has worked as a private legal practitioner and academic.