Allan received a BFA from the University of Melbourne in 1967 and a Diploma of Painting from the National Gallery School in Melbourne in 1968.
At the time of this writing, Allan is a tutor and artist-in-residence at the Art Workshop of the University of Sydney, Australia. She was a lecturer at the Art School, Preston Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 1975-76.
She works strictly in 35mm, producing black- and-white and hand-painted (oil, watercolor, gouache, pencil) photographs.
A member of the Art Workers Union as of 1979.