‘Mentoring Diversity’ Panel Discussion

5.30pm Tuesday 26 March 2019
Hosted by King & Wood Mallesons Sydney

Our panel will discuss why mentoring is critical to diversity and inclusion in the workplace – and why you should foster a culture of diversity and inclusion in your team, where all employees are respected, valued and supported:

– the Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan,
– the Hon Justice Melissa Perry of the Federal Court of Australia,
– Ms Yen Hui Tie, General Counsel of AMP Capital,
– the Hon Judge Richard Weinstein of the District Court of New South Wales, and
– Ms Katrina Rathie, Partner in Charge, Sydney, King & Wood Mallesons.

FREE Event – bookings essential. Limited places.

Sexual harassment of women rife in Australian legal profession, survey finds

More than 70 per cent of female lawyers surveyed in NSW reported being sexually harassed, with many saying they were subject to unwelcome touching, objectification and repeated advances in the workplace or at social events.

Read the full ABC article on our WLANSW survey. 

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

WLANSW thanks the Australian Human Rights Commission for the opportunity to make submissions on the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Australian Workplace.

This submission does not necessarily reflect the view or views of all WLANSW members.

This submission focuses on the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment within the legal profession in New South Wales, the drivers of this harassment and proposals to address these issues, including recommendations for legal reform. Please click here to read the submission. 

For further information on the Inquiry, please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website.



The Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW has released its priorities for 2019 directed to achieving equality in the profession.

Despite the predominance of women entering the profession there continues to be significant under-representation of women in the most senior roles as partners, in leadership roles, at the Bar and in the judiciary. The gender wage gap in the legal profession is one of the largest in Australia, reported to be 29.7% by WGEA in 2017 compared to an all industries gap of 22.4%.

Larissa Andelman, President of WLA NSW said: Unless there is a concerted effort to examine and change the culture in law firms, women will continue to be unable to fully participate.

Click here to read the full article and details of the 5 key measures WLA NSW will be advocating on in 2019.

2019 – Save the dates!

Planning is well underway for 2019 – watch this space and ensure you are on our mailing list.

Friday 24 May & Friday 20 September –  The Janet Coombs Lunch for New Female Barristers hosted by WBF & WLANSW, 1-2pm at the Law Society of NSW

Friday 23 August – ‘NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards 2019’ Awards Presentation Dinner




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Chair of our Newcastle WLANSW Chapter, Catherine Henry’s interview. From Tuesday March 05,2019 NEWCASTLE HERALD Gender equality is necessary, says Newcastle lawyer Catherine Henry on the eve of International Women’s … Read Full Story

2019 WLANSW SubCommittees. Get involved!

Please contact our office for further details if you would like to contribute and get involved.
– Workplace Practices
– Events
– Diversity
– Welcome to the Law
– Communication
– Newcastle Chapter
– Wollongong Chapter
– Penrith Chapter

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Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession

The Charter is designed to promote and support strategies to retain women in the profession over the course of their careers and encourage and promote their career progression into senior executive and management positions. Click here for more details and to sign up.

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The Women Lawyer’s Association of NSW is on social media! Join us!

Join us on social media networks to stay engaged with our members, and informed of upcoming events and news.

Connect with us on: LinkedIn – Twitter –  Facebook – Blog


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Registered Charity Tick

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) has developed the Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) for registered charities to show the public that they are registered with the ACNC. The Registered Charity Tick aims to give reassurance to the public that registered charities are transparent and accountable by highlighting their presence on the ACNC Charity Register.  Please click here for the ACNC registration details of the Women Lawyers’ Association of NSW Inc.

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Diversity and Equality Charter

LawCouncil_Diversity_Equality_logoDiverse and inclusive legal workplaces help to build a strong and respected legal profession. A major step towards this goal has been the development of a Diversity and Equality Charter, which organisations now have the opportunity to adopt. We encourage you to join us in supporting and adopting the Charter. Please click here for further information

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