About ATC

The Advocacy Training Council

In 2005 the Australian Bar Association created the ABA Advocacy Training Council (the "ATC").

Its establishment was an important first step for the ABA, as the peak body for Australian barristers, to become directly involved in the initial and ongoing training of barristers practising at the independent referral Bars.

It was also a clear recognition of the ABA’s emphasis on the maintenance and enhancement of professional standards, in particular, advocacy training.

The ATC conducts a 5-day residential Advanced Trial Advocacy Intensive each January; a 5-day residential Essential Trial Advocacy Intensive mid-year; a 3-day Appellate Advocacy Intensive in September and ABA coaching clinics during the year around Australia.

The Honourable Susan Mary Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, is Patron of the ABA Advocacy Training Council.

The functions and responsibilities of the ATC are:

  • To provide a forum for:
    • the development and dissemination of good practice in relation to advocacy training for the Bar;
    • communication between advocacy training providers as to the provision of advocacy training for the Bar.
  • To provide advice, support and encouragement to advocacy trainers to assist them to become more efficient trainers.
  • To provide advice, support and encouragement to providers of advocacy training within the constituent bodies to enable them to develop courses for barristers and those enrolled in vocational training for barristers.
  • To promote the development of course materials for advocacy training and maintaining a library of training materials and providing materials to trainers subject to appropriate consent.
  • To liaise with and provide assistance to other jurisdictions in respect of advocacy training if requested to do so.
  • To consult with the constituent bodies with a view to establishing a system whereby pupils of advocacy may be assessed.

You can also download and read the ABA Statement of Professional Excellence.