In August 2019, Avelina was appointed as a Member of the Councillor Conduct Tribunal. Avelina was admitted to the profession in 2009 and called to the bar in 2017. She has a general practice with focus on regulatory and administrative law.
Before being called to the bar, Avelina was a Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, and is experienced in general fraud prosecutions. Avelina has also worked for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.
Whilst at the employed Bar and prior to joining North Quarter Lane Chambers, Avelina worked as a Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Health Ombudsman and Counsel Assisting in the Coroners Court of Queensland.
In 2014 she was selected as an Indigenous Fellow by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights to undertake a two month fellowship in Geneva.
In 2018 Avelina was elected as President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland and will continue in the role in 2019. She is also a member of a number of different committees relating to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, including the Law Council of Australia – Indigenous Legal Issues Committee, Bar Association of Queensland and Australian Bar Association – Indigenous Issues Committee, Bush Heritage Australia – Aboriginal Engagement Committee and is a ministerial appointment on the Queensland Great Artesian Basin Advisory Committee.