The Women Barristers' Association (WBA) is open to all members of the Victorian Bar to join.
The Women Barristers’ Association aims to:
The Women Barristers' Association was formed in 1993 and its inaugural convenor was Judge Rachelle Lewitan.
The WBA is open to all members of the Victorian Bar (both women and men) to join.
To become a member of the WBA, please complete the Bar Association Membership Application Form and return it to the Bar Office. If you are currently a reader, the membership fee is waived for the duration of your reading period.
To renew your WBA membership, please select the appropriate tick box when completing your online Victorian Bar Subscription renewal.
A list of current and past Convenors is available here:
As a result of the WBA’s advocacy:
The WBA continues to advocate on the part of its members, most recently in February 2019, making submissions to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
On 11 March 2020, the WBA partnered with Slater and Gordon to put on the 2020 Class Actions conference at the Victorian Arts Centre. Fifteen women barristers presented on class actions issues at the event, which was attended by 150 practitioners. WBA secretary, Louise Martin, gave the introduction for the Attorney-General, the Honourable Jill Hennessy MP. Money raised from the event went to St Kilda Legal Service, which runs an outreach program for women experiencing or at risk of domestic violence.
A booklet was produced by the WBA and Slater and Gordon, which was distributed at the event, containing the profiles of 80 women barristers who are either currently actively involved in working on class actions or practise in areas that are the subject of class actions.