Queensland Law Society

Cultural diversity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers

QLS has established its inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group to develop a RAP for QLS and aims to support a legal profession where there are no cultural barriers to entering and participating in the profession.

A 2011 paper entitled ‘Growing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law Students: Barriers to the Profession’ by Phillip Rodgers-Falk estimated that by 2009, there have been about 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law graduates in Australia’s law schools. QLS acknowledges the role that the peak legal professional body in Queensland must play in improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers.

A 2010 national survey of employees by the Diversity Council of Australia showed that racial harassment in the workplace was more common than sexual harassment, with about 10% of Australian employees having experienced workplace racial harassment or discrimination in the previous 12 months. It also revealed that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people born overseas, were more likely to experience cultural discrimination in the workplace.

For further information and resources, please see:

 

LawLink

The Lawlink Programme was established by QLS in 2003 and aims to bridge the cultural divide between Indigenous law students and the legal profession.

Students gain insight into the profession through formal and informal meetings and site visits to law firms, barristers' chambers, community legal centres and various courts. While at the same time, members of the profession have the benefit of experiencing student led discussions and presentations at participating law firms. 

Check the QLS upcoming events page for details on the next LawLink event.

 

LawLink 2020 Art Competition—winners announced

(Updated 1 July)

Following the announcement of our LawLink 2020 art competition, we are pleased to showcase the winners’ paintings and stories:

  • Winner
    Bethany Allen
    LLB/BA GDLP (Bond University)
    Click to view her artwork and story
    *Bethany Allen is the original owner of the artwork and story and has licenced the use of the artwork and story to Queensland Law Society pursuant to Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 licence available and the Terms and Conditions here.
  • First Runner Up
    Kiri Fabila
    Studying Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (QUT)
    Click to view her artwork and story
    **Kiri Fabila is the original owner of the artwork and story and has licenced the use of the artwork and story to Queensland Law Society pursuant to Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 licence available and the Terms and Conditions here.

(Updated 26 June)

On 18 May, QLS launched its inaugural LawLink 2020 art competition calling for First Nations tertiary students and recent university graduates to submit artwork to be showcased in QLS’s LawLink programme over the next four years.

We are pleased to announce the winners:

  • Winner
    Bethany Allen
    LLB/BA GDLP (Bond University)
    Bethany has won $500 and has nominated the Aboriginal Health Justice Project within the National Justice Project for QLS to donate $500.
  • First Runner Up
    Kiri Fabila
    Studying Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (QUT)
    Kiri has won $500 and has nominated the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for QLS to donate $500.

We would like to thank everyone who took part and made it a success. Stay tuned from 1 July to view the winners’ artwork and stories.

View competition details and full Terms and Conditions here.