An engineer by profession, she has worked in both academia/research, and the consulting industries (engineering, strategic, and management consulting) in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Prior to joining RMIT, Fadhillah was the GIS team leader at SMEC, working predominantly on major construction and infrastructure projects around Australia and internationally. She was seconded to the NSW Department of Planning & Environment to develop and implement urban and regional planning strategies for Sydney on behalf of the Greater Sydney Commission.
Her postgraduate research studies at UNSW was in remote sensing. Her dissertation was on the use of lidar for stem-classification and derivation of volume and biomass for carbon sequestration. This research was in collaboration with Forests NSW and the UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. She has also worked as a sessional academic at the UNSW Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Built Environment.
Fadhillah is currently the Spatial Research Manager for the Australian Urban Observatory (AUO), and the Health, Place and Society team at the RMIT Centre for Urban Research.