Rae is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS). Rae is a leading socio-legal researcher with particular expertise in family law and family violence. She manages the Family Law and Family Violence research program at AIFS. She has been involved in an extensive range of studies and is the lead author of two large-scale evaluations of successive waves of reforms in family law (the 2006 and 2012 reforms). Rae is also on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Family Law and is second author on a family law textbook used widely in universities.
Rae was Principal Legal Officer on the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Family Law Inquiry (2017–19). She was on the Advisory Group for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s reference on safeguarding the rights of older Australians (2016). Other advisory roles have included membership of the Family Law Council (2009–16), a body that provides policy advice on family law to the federal Attorney-General and as a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group (2009–11) that advised the federal Minister for the Status of Women on the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women.