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Australian Women Lawyers www.australianwomenlawyers.com.au
The peak national body for women lawyers in Australia, AWL was officially launched on Friday 19 September 1997. AWL’s patron is the Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant of the Family Court of Australia The primary concern of AWL is the practice and advancement of women in the legal profession.
The constituent bodies of the Australian Women Lawyers are:
Queensland Women Lawyers Association
New South Wales Women Lawyers Association
Australian Capital Territory Women Lawyers Association
Victorian Women Lawyers Association
Victorian Women Barristers Association
Tasmanian Women Lawyers
South Australian Women Lawyers Association
Northern Territory Women Lawyers Association
Western Australian Women Lawyers Association
National Association of Community Legal Centres
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independent, non-profit organisations which provide referral, advice and assistance to more than 350,000 people each year. These services are provided free of charge. There are currently 207 centres in Australia. They range from centres with no paid staff to offices of ten or more employees. Most centres are able to provide confidential advice and assistance about a variety of legal matters. Website: www.naclc.org.au
Womens Legal Services (NSW)
Centre provides free telephone and face-to-face legal advice, information and referrals to women in NSW on all aspects of the law as it affects women and children. Provides community education and training, publications, lobbying and law reform on issues that concern women.
Tel: 02 9749 5533 Toll free:1800 639 784 (Aboriginal women)
Rural Free Call: 1800 801 501
StudentHub is pioneered by The Law Society of New South Wales and NSW Young Lawyers. The site is designed to assist law students and recent graduates in forging a successful career in the legal industry.
The New South Wales Bar Association
The New South Wales Bar Association is a voluntary association of practising barristers. Visit their website www.nswbar.asn.au to “find a barrister” and access statistics, history and the latest updates.
Department of Justice NSW The Justice website is the online gateway to information about law and justice in NSW. Find out about preventing crime, learn about the court system, locate a juvenile justice or correctional centre, find services for victims of crime and more. Our programs and services are about creating a safe and just place for the people of NSW. http://www.justice.nsw.gov.au/
Lawyers Weekly is Australia’s leading business publication for the legal profession. The magazine’s hard-hitting news, opinions and feature articles about the profession give lawyers the information they need to make key business decisions, further their careers and enhance their working lives. Visit www.lawyersweekly.com.au for the latest breaking legal news.
The Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA) is the first incorporated association in Australia to focus on the growing number of Asian Australian lawyers in the profession, as well as other lawyers with an interest in Asia. Our members hail from more than 10 countries in Asia and, between them speak almost 20 different Asian languages and dialects. We have members from all walks of legal life, including students, lawyers and principals from small, medium and large firms, barristers, in-house and government lawyers.
Women on Boards is a national program to improve the gender balance on Australian company boards through skills based selection. The program funds research, holds high-level networking and mentoring events and actively promotes women onto boards. The website is a meeting place for current directors and aspirant directors, who are registered with the WoB program. Registration is free. Visit the website
Open Colleges – Gender Equality in Education and the Workplace
“Australian women are among the most highly educated in the world, yet their participation in paid work remains comparatively low.”Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007 – 2015) http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers/gender-equality
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) Australia Inc
A national independent political organisation dedicated to creating a society where women’s participation and potential are unrestricted, acknowledged and respected and where women and men share equally in society’s responsibilities and rewards. http://www.wel.org.au
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) launched a new networking platform for women right across the country in mid 2020. WLA Connect is an inclusive membership community for women at all stages of their leadership journey across all industries and communities in Australia. We are a network of women dedicated to supporting each other, connecting with each other and sharing our wisdom.
Australian Gender Equality Council Responding to the unacceptably slow pace of change towards gender equality in Australia, leading organizations, which represent over 500,000 women in the workplace, have come together to form the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), a national not-for-profit organization.
Jessie Street National Women’s Library
Jessie Street National Women’s Library is a unique specialist library dedicated to the preservation of Australian women’s work, words and history. The Library was established in 1989 and is named after Jessie Street, a lifelong campaigner for women’s rights, the peace movement and the elimination of discrimination against Aboriginal people. http://www.nationalwomenslibrary.org/
The Office for Women The Australian Government is committed to strengthening the provision of gender analysis, advice and mainstreaming across Government. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women (Minister) works with other Government Ministers to ensure that women’s issues and gender equality are taken into consideration in policy and program development and implementation. The Office for Women (OfW) supports the Minister in this role, and is the central source of advice for Government agencies on the impact of Government policies and programmes for Australian women. The Australian Government will continue to support women to pursue career opportunities available to them by administering the Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy and providing advice across Government.
Jobs Shared Jobs Shared is an online platform helping professionals find flexible work through job sharing. It’s a very straightforward process designed to overcome the biggest barrier to job sharing – finding someone to share a job with. The process is simple and free, register your details, and start searching the database to find someone with similar work experience. We recommend meeting with any potential job share partner first to ensure you get along. Once you’ve formed a job share team, combine your resumes and start applying for full time work. Employers may also register for free and advertise their flexible roles.
NSW Network of Women with Disability
The NSW Network of Women with Disabilities was formed in response to the need for a forum where women with disability could:
build a community in which women could share their stories, knowledge and skills; connect with each other; share ideas; share experiences; support each other; create a place where women can celebrate their individual and collective differences as women with disability; and work towards inclusion and equality for women with disability. The Network is facilitated by the Physical Disability Council of NSW and Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association.
For more information contact Ace at the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW, PO Box 9381, Harris Park NSW 2150. Ph: (02) 9891 6400 Freecall: 1800 629 072 Telephone Interpreter Service: 13 14 50 Fax: (02) 9635 5355 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.mdaa.org.au
European Women Lawyers’ Association
EWLA is registered in Belgium as an international non-governmental, non-profit, association (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif). It is a federation of national women lawyers associations from amongst the European Union countries and those of EFTA countries. Members of EWLA are also individual women lawyers and academics from these countries. EWLA pursues the co-operation of European women lawyers, in order to combine their specific expertise in monitoring law and politics seen from the angle of fundamental rights, and in particular gender equality. http://www.ewla.org/
New Zealand Law Society’s Women in the Legal Profession
The Law Society wishes to raise awareness and encourage discussion of key issues impacting women lawyers’ career progression in New Zealand. In this section you will find news, information, research, resources, events and organisations of interest to all lawyers, but particularly women lawyers and employers. http://www.lawsociety.org.nz/about-nzls/women-in-the-legal-profession
Wellington Women Lawyers Association (New Zealand)
An association found in 1983 that works “for the equal opportunity and advancement of women in the study and practice of law”. http://www.wwla.org.nz/
Women Lawyers Associations
A meta-site bringing together most of the major women lawyers associations around the world. Sites are listed according to three major categories – National Women Lawyers Associations in Europe; International Women Lawyers Associations; and WLAs in other regions of the world. http://www.ewla.org/resources/links
Irish Women Lawyers Association
The Irish Women Lawyers Association is a relatively new organisation that was formed to provide a professional and social network for women lawyers in Ireland. http://www.iwla.ie/
Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) The Workplace Gender Equality Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.They are responsible for administering the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act). The Workplace Gender Equality Agency was formerly known as the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.The Agency is part of the Department of Employment portfolio.
International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation working with over 760,000 women around the world. It was founded in 2013 with the vision of protecting precious lives with our motherly heart of love, so that we can pass down a peaceful world to the future generations.
Just Search for legal information
A powerful new on-line search tool is now available to help access information about and for law and justice issues experienced by socially and economically disadvantaged people. Just Search can be found at http://lawfoundation.net.au/justsearch
Beyond Bullying An Australian website, Beyond Bullying (www.beyondbullying.com.au) provides information, resources and guidance on workplace bullying, what it is, how it progresses, and what employers can do to prevent it. The Resources and Links page provides useful directions to workplace safety authorities regarding workplace bullying, publications and other websites. It also describes case law summaries of recent bullying and harassment cases.
Soroptimist International – Advancing Human Rights and the Status of Women. Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide service organisation for women in management and the professions, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. Please refer to their website for further information: Soroptimist International
Zonta International – Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide
Zonta International is a world service organisation of executives in business and the professions, working to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women.
Visit Zonta Websites: Zonta in Australia | International
Talem is a legal empowerment initiative based in Australia that helps put the law into the hands of those who need it most. We aim to inform Australian women working in the legal sector about global legal empowerment, and connect them with grassroots organisations that are providing important legal training and education to women overseas.
Destiny Rescue exists to Rescue, Restore, Protect, Empower and be a Voice for the Voiceless. Destiny Rescue rescues children from red light districts, brothels and sexually abusive situations; provides rescued children the intensive care and love they need to recover from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation; offers programs that help at-risk children and families reduce their children’s chances of being sold, lured or trafficked into the sex-trade; and is committed to being a voice for the sexually exploited, vulnerable and poor.