In Brief Issue #891


Bar Council election results

The results of the Bar Council election were received by the outgoing Bar Council at 1pm yesterday, following which the newly elected Bar Council met for the first time and elected office-holders for the coming year.

The Bar Council for 2018/19 comprises 12 women and 9 men. There are six new faces (marked with asterisks in the list below):


President:                        Matt Collins QC

Senior Vice-President:    Wendy Harris QC

Junior Vice-President:     Simon Marks QC

Treasurer:                        Sam Hay

Category A (silk or counsel of not less than 15 years’ standing)

Oliver Paul Holdenson QC

Ian Freckelton QC

Adrian Finanzio QC*

Jacinta Forbes QC

Áine Magee QC

Stewart Maiden QC

Justin Hannebery

Category B (counsel other than silk, of not less than 6 and not more than 15 years’ standing)

Elizabeth Ruddle

Meghan O’Sullivan*

Emily Porter*

Gabrielle Crafti*

Sarah Keating

Kathleen Foley

Category C (counsel of less than 6 years’ standing)

Erin Hill

Nawaar Hassan*

Nicole Papaleo*

Daniel Nguyen

At the commencement of the meeting of the newly elected Bar Council yesterday, Wendy Harris QC nominated me to continue as President. I accepted the nomination and was elected unopposed. The remaining members of last year’s Executive were also re-elected unopposed.

I am very grateful both to members of the Bar, for the confidence they have shown by re-electing me, and to the incoming Bar Council, for its support in reappointing me as President for the coming year.

I believe that the stability we have achieved in the ranks of the Executive will be a real boon to the Victorian Bar in the year ahead. All of us already understand our roles; none of us needs time to find our feet. We intend to capitalise on this stability by continuing to improve the governance of the Bar Council. We will be particularly looking to effect reforms aimed at ensuring that the work of the Bar Council is spread more evenly among not just the Executive, but the whole of Bar Council.

As regular readers of my weekly message will know, the Bar Council is actively effecting a very busy agenda across many fronts, with the objective of expanding the market share of barristers, providing enhanced member services, fostering excellence, and being a strong, independent and authoritative voice.

I congratulate all those who were elected to Bar Council, and I thank the outgoing Bar Councillors who have served over the past year but did not re-stand for election or were not re-elected: Fiona Ellis, Julia Frederico, Susan Gatford, Caroline Kenny QC, Barbara Myers and Justin Wheelahan. All made a very substantial contribution to the Bar’s governing body.

I also thank those who stood for election, but were unsuccessful. The number of candidates prepared to stand shows what a vibrant place the Victorian Bar is, with no shortage of talented members prepared to contribute to our college.


Call for Expressions of Interest for the position of Assistant Honorary Secretary to Bar Council

Congratulations go to last year’s Honorary Secretary, Nicole Papaleo, who was elected to Bar Council in category C. Her vacancy has been filled by the appointment by Bar Council of last year’s Assistant Honorary Secretary, Andrew Bell, leaving a vacancy in the role of Assistant Honorary Secretary.

The roles of the Honorary and Assistant Honorary Secretaries are vital to the smooth functioning of the Victorian Bar. They attend Bar Council meetings and have responsibility for membership matters, including addressing and making recommendations to Bar Council in relation to readers, new members, transferring members and disclosure matters. They also assist the Counsel Committee in relation to disclosures and investigations, and are a frequent port of call on my part in relation to matters arising under the Bar’s Constitution, rules and policies.

Expressions of interest are sought from members for the role of Assistant Honorary Secretary. Please email with your expression of interest by 26 November at 4pm.

Call for Expressions of Interest for Victorian Bar Committees

Expressions of interest are also sought from those members of the Bar who wish to remain on, or become a member of, one or more of the Bar’s Committees in 2019. Committees are appointed by Bar Council once a year.

Committees are standing committees of the Bar Council, responsible for reporting to Bar Council on the work falling within their remit. The scope, composition and responsibility of Committees is set out in their respective Charters, as are the roles, expectations and terms of Committee members. Charters are available on the Bar's Website. 

The valuable work done by the Bar’s Committees is made possible through the willingness of our members to ‘give back’ by contributing their time and skill to a Committee that best matches their interest and expertise.  There is more information in the Notices section below.

All expressions of interest will be reviewed by the Executive of the Bar Council, with assistance from staff in the Bar Office. Existing chairs of Committees will also be consulted. A recommendation as to the composition of Committees for 2019 will be made to Bar Council before the end of the year.

The Bar Council is committed to ensuring that all members of the Bar have a fair opportunity to participate in the important work of the Bar, including by regular refreshment of the composition of committees, consistent with their Charters. Whether you wish to continue service on a Committee, or have thought in the past that you have something to contribute, but have either not applied or been disappointed, I encourage you to put in an expression of interest.  

A busy week

Apart from the election, declaration of the polls and two Bar Council meetings, I also held my first weekly catch-up with our new CEO, Katherine Lorenz, on Monday, and on Wednesday I met with the Chair of the Chief Justice’s Preliminary Evaluation Committee for the appointment of silks, the Hon Stephen Charles AO QC. Tonight I will be in Sydney, where I’m looking forward to moderating a Hypothetical about religious freedom, with an all-star panel, at the ABA/NSW Bar national conference. I’ll be staying on for the duration of the national conference, before attending a council meeting of the Australian Bar Association (for its annual elections) on Sunday morning. 

Vale George Beaumont QC – funeral service Tuesday 20 November 10.30am

This week the Bar received the sad news of the passing of George Beaumont QC, a Legend of the Bar. George was a leader in his field of Taxation law in Australia and abroad. His contribution to our Bar included serving as Director of Barristers’ Chambers’ Limited and on Bar Committees for New Barristers, Fees and Law Reform. There are more details of George’s extraordinary life in the Bar’s Obituary, which is published to our website.

The funeral will be held at St Aidan’s Uniting Church, 17–21 Duggan Street, North Balwyn, next Tuesday 20 November at 10.30am.

Vicbar News & Events
“The Changing Face of the Bar” - Purchase your prints

Just a reminder for all of those who participated in “The Changing Face of the Bar”, you can go online and view 

Some of the photographs taken and purchase digital or print options.

Please go to with the code that with the code that was emailed to you.

If you need your code to register please email Garth at or

Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Working Group

The Cultural & Linguistic Working Group is working to inform members of the Bar about the breadth of diversity at the Bar.  To do that the group is calling for members to contribute short vignettes which capture their experience as a member of the Bar from a culturally and linguistically diverse background.  The Working Group wishes to hear how members have felt challenged or excluded by reason of their background so that we can all begin to contemplate what it means to belong to the Bar.  Others may also wish to contribute stories that highlight their acceptance or appreciation of their background at the Bar.

Set out below is a suggested format for submissions of your vignette:



How it made me feel:  

You can forward your story, anonymously if you wish to

DWMA – VicBar Barrister Shadowing Program

The Diverse Women's Mentoring Association (DWMA) promotes diversity of women in professional services.  DWMA and the Victorian Bar are pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for DWMA law students to shadow barristers for 5 days or more over a 1 - 2 week period in November - December 2018.

​DWMA students who will participate in the program are university students studying undergraduate or postgraduate law at Victorian universities (including Monash, Melbourne, Deakin and Latrobe) with dual qualifications in arts, commerce, science and biomedicine. These students have demonstrated an interest in practising law, court procedure, advocacy and would benefit immensely from being guided and mentored by Victorian barristers. DWMA students are women who identify as being from a culturally diverse background, including an indigenous, migrant or refugee background.

The program commences on 19 November and runs until the close of the legal year, with a minimum of 5 days' availability required to participate.  You may have a student with you in court and/or completing research tasks in that time.  If you can provide 5 or more non-consecutive days of shadowing, please chose an approximate date range.  Once matched, you can organise mutually convenient days of attendance with your student.

If you would like to have a DWMA student shadow you, please see the terms & conditions here and complete the registration form here.

For more information about DWMA, go to the website:

​For more information regarding the shadowing program, please contact, Rachel Chrapot, General Manager, Member Services

Pleadings Workshop

Click here to register. Places are strictly limited.

All commercial barristers need to be able to produce clear, coherent and well-structured pleadings. This interactive workshop will assist participants to develop efficient strategies for planning, preparing and reviewing commercial pleadings, having regard to good drafting practice and procedural requirements, as well as forensic and strategic considerations. This workshop is ideally suited to junior barristers who wish to hone their drafting skills with a view to mastering the art of effective and elegant pleading. Participants will draft a statement of claim based on a case study prior to the workshop.


Introductory Session:  Friday 23 November, 1.00-2.00pm  (Materials provided 21/11)

Practical Exercise Due:  Tuesday 4 December 2018

Workshop:  Saturday 15 December, 9.00am-1.00pm


Michael Borsky QC, Claire Harris QC, Justin Graham, Emma Murphy


Neil McPhee Room, Level 1 Owen Dixon Chambers East

205 William Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

6 CPD point(s):

Ethics & Professional Responsibility; Barristers Skills;



Register by 21 November


ABA Advocacy Intensive - apply by 19 November

The ABA are holding an advocacy intensive in Melbourne in January, see brochure attached. They are offering one fee-free place to an Indigenous barrister. The time frame is very short, application has to be made by 19 November, a decision will then be made by the ABA as to who will be offered the place. It is a single place only open to Indigenous barristers in all Australian jurisdictions.

Click here for the brochure and registration form. 

Student Engagement Committee - Seeking support for VicBar SEC student shadowing program 3-7 Dec 18


Following successful VicBar Student Open Day held earlier this year the numbers of students requesting shadowing/work experience opportunities with barristers continues to grow.

Anecdotal feedback indicates that some barristers who would otherwise be happy to support us are hesitant to take students due to (1) the vagaries of practice at the Bar, and (2) concerns about their obligations under formal secondary school work experience arrangements.

Details of the program

In response the SEC has developed a pilot program during 3-7 Dec 18 that:

  1. is seeking barristers willing to take a secondary or tertiary student for a few days between 4-7 Dec (each student would spend one day with each barrister so the student would experience a variety of practice areas).
  2. has a dedicated SEC coordinator who will manage student/barrister allocations and, more importantly, step in if anyone’s matters fall through and they don’t have anything to keep their student occupied.
  3. commences on Monday 3 Dec with a central presentation by the SEC on life at the Bar, professional courtesies that need to be observed by students when working with Barristers, and an orientation to the legal precinct and Courts. Individual shadowing will occur Tues-Fri.

Can anyone interested please email with the information below:

Main area of practice / anticipated work in the week 3-7 Dec (if known)

  1. Any day that they cannot take a student (noting Monday is an orientation day run by the SEC)
  2. Any preference for a secondary or tertiary student (some work types may not be suitable for under 18s) - I am also conscious that WBA members may like to particularly support female students.

Please note: it doesn’t matter if the likely work is chambers-based. We are looking to showcase all aspects of barrister work not just court appearances. At this stage we have about 25 students so we are looking for about 30-40 barristers to share the load, so everyone takes a student for approximately 2 days in the week.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Gerard.


Thomson Reuters will be holding their 3 day end of year book sale from Tuesday 20th to Thursday 22nd of November in the Owen Dixon Chambers East Foyer (near security).

The book sale will run from 9am – 5pm each day with a wide variety of books available. Barristers will receive a minimum of 20% off all local titles, including new release and pre-orders as well as a large range of clearance titles with up to 60% the RRP. There is also a 20% discount off international titles from Sweet & Maxwell.

This is also a great opportunity for barristers to meet with Thomson Reuters representative Travis Mether and accredited Westlaw AU trainer Mary Dossis to ask legal research questions, get product information or have a Westlaw AU or ProView demonstration on either laptop or iPad.

Click here to view sale book list or visit the website for the full range:

For more information please contact Travis Mether via email

Vicbar Life
Formed on the Plains - Studio 11 Art Exhibition

Image: Fires in the Sky by Harley Manifold - Oil on Canvas 2018, 86 x 122 cm


Date: 8 October - 21 December 

The exhibition comprises a series of works by local artists, Dridan, McEachern and Manifold including sculpture. 

It’s a must see exhibition, particularly if you are someone connected to the Victorian plains, someone who enjoys art or someone who is just curious to see and experience a wonderful exhibition. Stay as long as you like. 

As always, the work is for sale, commission free, direct from the artists. Catalogue sheets and biographies are located on level 11 ODC East. The initiative is run on a voluntary basis. 

Click here to download the exhibition flyer. 




The Essoign Members November Wine Offer

The Essoign Members November wine offer.

Don’t miss out on these exquisite boutique wines on offer now! Click here to view flyer. 

These prices will not be repeated.

Download order form or email

Cheers from the Essoign team.

Irvine Wines - 15% off

Irvine Wines are offering VicBar members 15% off site-wide. Visit and enter the code vicbarhk at checkout to redeem.

Click here to download the promo flyer. 

Member Benefits Australia - November exclusive member offers

Don't miss out on these exclusive member deals for November with some great offers for the holiday season.

In-Chambers Ergonomic Assessment Offer

Occupational therapist/ergonomist Elenor Eshel is offering VicBar members special rates for the following services:

- Basic Individual Assessments
- Comprehensive Individual Assessments 
- Group Traning & Presentations
- Customised Programs 

Click here to read more or contact / 0412 225 895


Walking Together - Remember William Cooper

Why We Are Walking? Remembering William Cooper - Recommitting To His Legacy!

December 6 2018 - 6:30pm Opening Ceremony & Remembrance Walk

As members of the Victorian Jewish community, we walk today together with our friends and allies in remembrance and appreciation of William Cooper and to reciprocate the march that he led on the German Consulate in Melbourne on the 6th December 1938.

While world leadership watched in silent disbelief to the events of Kristallnacht, Uncle William Cooper, the Secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League and an elder of the Yorta Yorta, led the only known private protest against the Nazi regime.

At a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people were themselves denied citizenship and other basic human rights, and where they were frequently subjected to appalling physical, social and economic hardships, he chose to stand for our people and our future.

Today, exactly 80 years later, we seek to honour William Cooper’s memory by making a similar stand on behalf of his people and their future. 

We do this by calling on our elected leaders to work together to ensure that our nation's First People receive recognition in the Constitution and a lasting voice in our national Parliament.

Practice & Profession News
Supreme Court of Victoria: eFiling in the Criminal Division

The Supreme Court of Victoria is taking the next step on its path towards a digital future. Following the successful transition to electronic filing for all matters in the Commercial Court, Common Law Division and Costs Court in July 2018, eFiling will be introduced to the Criminal Division on 29 January 2019. For more information please refer to the Court’s website.

Report released on offender-paid compensation in Victoria

The Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report examining whether restitution and compensation orders should become sentencing orders, and other ways to improve offender-paid compensation in Victoria

The report follows a request for advice from the Attorney-General, arising from a recommendation of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

After identifying insurmountable problems, including serious risks to equality before the law, the Council recommends that restitution and compensation orders should remain orders made in addition to an offender’s sentence, and does not recommend that they become sentencing orders.

The Council has instead recommended a strengthened ‘hybrid’ model for victims’ compensation that incorporates elements of both criminal and civil law.

The Council also recommends a range of reforms to improve the system for victims’ financial reparation, including:
• improving the consistency and timeliness of information provided to victims on their compensation options
• measures to ensure consistent use of powers to restrain offenders’ assets, so that the assets can be used to pay restitution or compensation
• waiving fees (where possible) to assist victims of crime to enforce their orders independently
• consideration of state enforcement of orders for restitution and compensation through civil mechanisms
• consideration of the establishment of a specialist legal service for victims of crime.

Restitution and Compensation Orders: Report is available from the following link:

Victorian Law Foundation: 2018/2019 General Grants Announced

Victoria Law Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's General Grants. The successful projects clearly help people identify and address their legal problems and aim to improve Victorians access to justice.

It was very difficult to choose from a raft of outstanding applications and we appreciate the effort in all of them.

Congratulations to the successful applicants! We wish them well in the delivery of their programs and look forward to hearing about the results.

Women's infringements and fines clinic

The Law and Advocacy Centre for Women – to run a clinic to help women navigate the requirements to have fines waived on grounds of special circumstances and family violence.

International student legal information project – Phase 2

Building on an existing project providing legal information to international students, Inner Melbourne Community Legal will produce a range of new resources to add to their suite.

Spotting civil legal issues: deadly videos and handbook

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service will produce a series of videos and a handbook to help Aboriginal people identify common civil legal issues, with information on how to contact the legal service for advice.

Building health justice for young people in the Central Highlands

Youthlaw is funded to extend their program which supports community workers in health services to better identify legal issues and refer young people to appropriate legal help.

Family Violence Project – Migrant and Refugee Communities

Refugee Legal will improve access to migration advice and legal assistance for women on visas experiencing family violence. Activities including the development of videos and community legal education aim to increase community awareness and referrals to the legal service.


Our grants are changing in 2019/20

A new structure for our grants program will be introduced in 2019/20 reflecting our focus on civil law and research. More information will be communicated soon.

Please contact Melanie Rygl, Grants Manager on (03) 9604 8100 or email if you have any questions.

Profession CPD & Events
Ethics Lunch & Learn Seminar : The 3 Cs of ethics – confidentiality, conflict, and duty to the court

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018, 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: College of Law Victoria, Level 10, 459 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

This one hour lunch and learn seminar will enhance your understanding of a lawyer’s professional conduct obligations and give practical tips on how to deal with the common ethical dilemmas faced by members of the legal profession.

Click here for more information and registration. 

La Trobe Law School/International Legal Studies Research Group Seminar

Topic: Deportation of Rohingya People & the International Criminal Court's Jurisdiction over Myanmar
Presenter: Professor Ridwanul Hoque
Date/Time: Monday 26 November 2018, 1-2pm
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Social Sciences Building, Level 2, Room SS232 (Moot Court)

Registration and further information:

Upcoming Family Law conferences

Havana Cuba

There will be a family law conference held in Havana Cuba from 7 to 12 April 2019. The conference will take place at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, it will include  papers from various barristers, solicitors and others who deal with family law. There will be time to see the city and partake in cultural activities”

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Arctic Conference

 Following on from our successful conference in Antarctica in January 2017 there will be a further family Law conference in the Arctic in July 2020. There will be time on board the new ship, the Greg Mortimer, to hold a conference and also partake in the activities on and off the ship.”

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Bali Conference

The 9th annual Family Law conference in Bali is to be held from 8th to 11th  June at the Oberoi Hotel. This conference will include a session on negotiation which may be of interest to those who do not practice in family law, and attendees at this conference will be from the Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

Click here to download the conference flyer.  

Jam Boutique Conferences: Family Law Conference - 9 -12 June 2019

Join us in sunny Malta for a 3 day conference – registration fee includes:

  • Registration and Welcome evening
  • 3 night’s accommodation at the Palace Hotel, Sliema Malta (5 star)
  • Daily breakfast, morning tea & lunch
  • 8 professional development sessions
  • Australian and Maltese presenters

Flights not included (but lots of early bird specials about for 2019)

Registration fee

$2,000 conference attendee

$350 non-attendee (sharing room with attendee)


Email one of us and we will issue you with tax invoice $500 (per conference attendee) non-refundable deposit is payable with your book and the final payment due 1 April 2019.   

Marlene Ebejer: 0411 772 064

John Spender: 0409 147 646

Angela de Mel: 0411 611 171               

Class Actions Networking event

Maurice Blackburn, in conjunction with Women Barristers Association, is holding an exciting class actions networking event on Thursday 22 November at Maurice Blackburn. Featuring a panel including Rachel Doyle SC and Melanie Szydzik, this event will include a discussion of issues involved in class actions work, as well as an opportunity for women barristers to network with solicitors practising in the field. The event will be from 6-7.30pm (register from 5.30pm) and refreshments are provided. Click here to view flyer.

RSVP to Bianca Parry at by Thursday 15 November.

MLS Events - Upcoming Conferences

International Legal Ethics Conference 2018

Legal Ethics in the Asian Century

Date: 6 – 8 December 2018
Venue: Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton

The eighth biennial ILEC takes place at a fascinating time in the evolution of legal ethics, as the disruptive innovation of legal services creates ongoing challenges and perhaps opportunities for ethics and professional regulation, both locally and trans-nationally. The continuing growth of Asia’s influence as an economic force, which has instigated the discourse of the ‘Asian Century’, arguably signals profound cultural, economic and legal transformations globally, and adds a further and so far under-developed, dimension to debates regarding the future(s) of legal ethics.



Global Legal Skills Conference

Date: 10 - 12 December 2018
Venue: Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton

The 2018 Global Legal Skills Conference (GLS-13) will provide an opportunity to share the best practices of international legal skills education.

Your experience will allow you to learn and share cutting-edge information on global legal education and to meet experts and new friends expected from Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.

This event is co-hosted by Melbourne Law School, and the John Marshall Law School, Chicago (Illinois, USA)



2019 National Wellness for Law forum

Making Wellness Core Business

Presented by Melbourne Law School and Faculty of Law, Monash University

Date: 14 – 15 February 2019
Venue: Day 1 - Melbourne Law School, Day 2 - Faculty of Law, Monash University, Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

The Wellness for Law Forum 2019 is being jointly hosted by Melbourne Law School and Monash University, Faculty of Law. This is the ninth annual gathering of the national Wellness Network for Law and its supporters, from academia and the profession. The Forums provide the opportunity for scholarship and good practice to be shared in a collegiate and supportive environment. Click here to view flyer.


Australian Disputes Centre - Summer Mediation Training

Join the Australian Disputes Centre’s Mediation Training in January. Delivered by Australia’s leading mediation training faculty, ADC’s program has over 3 decades successfully helped lawyers integrate mediation into their professional work. For current mediators, ADC’s program includes two professional development days.

Starting on 22 Jan 2019

Mediation Training – 5 days

Refresher Training – 1 day, choose between 29 or 30 Nov 2019

Accreditation Day – 31 Jan 2019


Judges: Angry? Biased? Burned out?

The National Judicial College of Australia and the Australian National University will present their annual conference on 2nd & 3rd March, 2019 at the Australian National University campus in Canberra.

This conference brings together members of the Judiciary, academics, policy makers and experts in fields such as psychology to consider current issues and challenges in the Australian justice system. The program will examine the experience of emotion and bias in the court room, including the way in which judges engage emotionally with their work; the impact that this can have and what measures may be taken to alleviate these impacts.

Click here for more information and to register.

5 years of gender reporting in Australia: what has changed?

Tuesday 20 November 2018
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM

In November 2018, The Australian British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will join with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on a national event roadshow for the release of WGEA’s fifth year of gender equality reporting data.
As Australia releases its fifth year of data, the UK has just completed its first year of reporting and data collection under new gender pay gap legislation. To mark this, WGEA has invited the Deputy Head of the UK Government’s Equalities Office (GEO) and Head of Gender, Elysia McCaffrey, to share and compare the UK’s first year of data with Australia’s fifth year of data collection.  
The roadshow aims to foster international insights on improving workplace gender equality and will include keynote addresses from WGEA’s Director, Libby Lyons and the GEO’s Elysia McCaffrey.
It will also analyse Australia’s progress towards workplace gender equality over the last five years and include the latest data on the gender pay gap, representation of women in leadership, industry performance and emerging trends in employer action.
Join us for these highlight keynote presentations followed by panel sessions with leading employers and gender equality experts to compare and contrast progress in both countries.

Click here for more information and to register. 

Legal Laneway Breakfast 2019 - Early bird registration now open

Wednesday 6 February 2019
8:00 am – 9:00 am 

Victoria Law Foundation's 16th Annual Legal Laneway Breakfast brings together Victoria's diverse legal sector to celebrate the start of the legal year.

It's your chance to rub shoulders with some of Victoria's most important legal minds, network with colleagues from across the legal sector and soak up the atmosphere in Melbourne's iconic Hardware Lane.

In addition to hearing from our distinguished guests you can

  • Enjoy delicious breakfast bites sourced from local cafes and restaurants
  • Catch up with colleagues from across the sector
  • Take part in the raffle to win some great prizes
  • Donate art supplies to a worthy program
  • Buy a coffee from one of the local cafes
  • Enjoy soulful music provided by Shane de Krester
Careers & Opportunities
6 Day November Course – Last Chance to Become a Nationally Accredited Mediator in 2018

Registrations are now open for our November 6 day National Mediator Accreditation program scheduled in Melbourne. The program gives participants the opportunity to learn Conflict Transformation skills and receive their mediator training assessment as required by the National Mediator Accreditation System and upon successful assessment apply to become a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Click on the below link for more information and to register.

National Mediator Accreditation Course
November 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27, 28

Visit our website for more information or join our mailing list to keep informed on courses that are coming up.

2019 John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

The Koowarta Scholarship was established in 1994, with the aim of promoting the study and practice of the law by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and, commemorates John Koowarta as a member of the Winychanam community and a traditional owner of the Archer River region on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. John Koowarta is widely regarded as being at the forefront of Aboriginal land rights in Australia during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He is today revered as one of the most important figures in the progression of Native Title rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Koowarta Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution undertaking an approved course of study provided that may lead to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction.

Click here to apply and view the Eligibility Criteria. 

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2018.

The Justice and Society Symposium

Date: 29 – 30 November
Venue: Cranlana House, Toorak
Cost: $3814 

Is Justice Possible?

Members of the Victorian Bar are warmly invited to attend this exclusive symposium to explore the conceptions of justice underpinning our society.

Open to up to 20 leading minds in the Justice Sector, participants will engage in moderated discussion looking at the pragmatic, aspirational, and actual aims of Justice in the social fabric. The clarification of the role of justice in society helps inform our role as practitioners of the Law – and sharpens our ethical and moral judgement of the decisions we must make in our position each day.

Over the course of the two days, we will discuss questions such as: Do we believe the rule of law to be good because it is just or is it just because we think it is good? To what degree is our understanding of justice determined by the laws under which we live? Are there certain universal requirements that any just law must full? Is it possible to have a just society without a base of guaranteed moral rights? If not, what are those guaranteed moral rights?

Visit or contact us on 03 9827 2660 to find out more.

External Junior Counsel Panel 2018 - 2020

The CDPP invites junior counsel to apply to be appointed to the External Junior Counsel Panel for up to two years: 2018-2020.

The application process is an opportunity for new counsel to join an existing four year Panel that was established in 2016 and will be in place until 2020.

The Panel approach allows the CDPP to boost the number of junior counsel briefed, improve gender equity in our briefing practices and create a quick and easy application process for counsel seeking to be briefed. Further, by having a Panel which is reviewed every four years, the CDPP can ensure that the advocates it briefs have up-to-date and relevant experience to undertake prosecution work for the CDPP.

Please find attached factsheet here.

Applications will open on 12 November 2018 and close on 9 December 2018, and must be submitted via our website—

Counsel currently on the Panel need not apply, however they may take this opportunity to update their details and work experience via our website —

For further information, please email

InBrief Submissions - please email to: 
Deadline for the next issue:5pm, 22nd November 2018