Race, ethnicity and cultural diversity


Promoting racial, ethnic and cultural diversity and inclusion is a key mission of the Victorian Bar.

Our committment to diversity at the Bar

The Bar supports barristers, and prospective barristers from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds in all its activities. This means the Bar recognises that each person is unique and has different beliefs, values, preferences and life experiences. The Bar strives to ensure that these differences do not become barriers to career opportunities and participation in the Bar’s activities.

Assistance for barristers from diverse cultures

Several of the Bar’s initiatives to promote diversity are set out below.

The work of the Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity Working Group informs policy and networking initiatives of the Equality and Diversity Committee and the wider Bar.

The Bar supports the initiatives of diversity organisations, such as:

  • Asian Australian Lawyers Association Inc
  • African Australian Legal Network.
  • Muslim Legal Network
  • Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association
  • Australian Italian Lawyers Association, and
  • French Australian Lawyers Society.

Assistance for Indigenous barristers

The Bar supports the initiatives of the Tarwirri, the indigenous law students and lawyers association of Victoria.

The Bar also supports financial assistance for Indigenous barristers. These initiatives include:

  • Subsidised Chambers for Indigenous barristers, which assists Indigenous barristers financially in the setting up phase of their professional careers.
  • Indigenous Barristers’ Fund, established in 2007, to assist Indigenous barristers in needy financial circumstances to begin and remain in legal practice at the Bar. Ongoing support for the Fund is sought from barristers and other members of the legal profession, as well as from foundations and corporations, in order to meet the demands on the Fund as the number of Indigenous barristers in Victoria continues to grow. Donations to the Fund are tax deductible. If you wish to donate to this Fund, further information is available in the Indigenous Barristers’ Fund Brochure and Donation Form.

Indigenous Barristers

Committee: Indigenous Barristers
Position: Member
Committee: Indigenous Barristers
Position: Member
Committee: Indigenous Barristers
Position: Member
Committee: Indigenous Barristers
Position: Member
Committee: Indigenous Barristers
Position: Member