Gay Gardner is an experienced lawyer and has worked in the area of Migration Law, for many years until her cessation of practice at the end of 2016. The particular emphasis of Gay's practice was assisting local migrant families to bring refugee relatives, orphan relatives, parents, spouses and sons and daughters to live in Australia. In 2015/2016, Gay's professional emphasis was to assist those who had suffered domestic violence on arrival in Australia to gain permanent residence in this country. Gay has undertaken her migration work with great passion, and a desire to provide safety and security for persons who had suffered deeply in war torn countries.
Gay has been a member of numerous Boards and Committees including Abbeyfield Society, Wilderness School, Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, St Ann's College, St Chads Anglican Church, Adelaide Women and Children's Hospital and the Australian Craniofacial Foundation to name just a few.
In 2009 Gay was recognized for her community services when she was awarded an (AM), in the General Division of the order of Australia. Her citation reads: For service to aged persons through the provision of community housing and support services and through the Abbeyfield Society (Australia).
Currently Gay is setting up Australian Life Services which will have as its objective providing Western education for young people from China, Hong Kong and Korea at boarding schools in Australia.