ABA Committees

The Australian Bar Association draws upon the experience and knowledge from its members to effectively represent the profession and advance public debate on law reform and legal policy issues.  

The Association’s committees are filled by invitation and comprised of members from the Association’s constituent bodies.

The role of the Committees is to:

  • provide advice to the President, the Executive and the Council in relation to their areas of expertise;
  • evaluate legislation on which the Association may comment;
  • draft submissions to government and other interested parties on matters within their area of expertise as directed by the President, or CEO
  • report current or anticipated developments which could affect the legal profession to the President
  • contribute/draft articles on current issues within their areas of expertise for publication through the Association’s media.

Indigenous issues

The role of the Indigenous issues committee is to provide advice to the Council and Executive on specific topics referred to it and, where requested, to assist in the formulation of policies with respect to Indigenous Australians, the Australian legal system and the legal profession. Issues include, but are not limited to, native title, land rights, customary law, legal education, access to justice and racial discrimination.

Members:

Chair: Phillip Boulten SC (NSW)

Tom Keely SC (VIC)

Joe Bowler (SA)

Nathan Jarro (QLD)

Hylton Quail (WA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Access to justice

The role of the Access to Justice Committee is to provide advice to the Council and Executive on legal aid funding policies and access to justice for all. The committee’s role includes but is not limited to, assisting in the formulation of policies, contributing and responding to discussion papers and forums regarding legal aid funding issues and access to justice.

Members:

Chair: Jacoba Brasch QC (QLD)

Peter Willis SC (VIC)

Kate Mooney (TAS)

Gillian Walker (SA)

Diversity and Inclusion

The role of the Diversity and Inclusion committee is to provide advice to the Council and Executive on the adoption of equitable briefing practices and the important role they play in the progression of women in the law, the judiciary and the wider community. The committee’s role includes, but is not limited to, monitoring and reviewing the proportional rate of engagement to ensure that female counsel are briefed and to promote the policy to ensure full use of the Independent Bar.

Members:

Chair: Kate Eastman SC (NSW)

Michelle Quigley SC (VIC)

Tracy Fantin (QLD)

Joanne Deuter (SA)

Lyma Ngyugen (NT)

Elspeth Hensler (WA)

Futures

The role of the Futures committee is to provide advice to the Council and Executive regarding threats or risks to the Bar. The committee’s role is to promote, protect and enforce the role of an independent legal profession in the interests of its members, review market competition for legal services and consider challenges by in-house counsel and overseas markets.

Members:

Chair: Matthew Howard SC (WA)

David O’Callaghan QC (VIC)

Sue Brown QC (QLD)

Anne Barnett (SA)

Lisa-Claire Hutchinson (NSW)

International

The role of the International committee is to advocate for enhanced access to and relationships with international legal services markets for Australian barristers, with particular reference to the Asian region.

Members:

Chair: Patrick O’Sullivan QC (SA)

Campbell Bridge SC (NSW)

Christopher Hughes QC (QLD)

Alistair Wyvill SC (NT)

Martin Scott QC (VIC)