Australian Women Lawyers
Australian Women Lawyers Limited (AWL) was established on 9 September 1997, in Melbourne, Victoria.
AWL is governed by a board of directors comprising representatives from each State and Territory women lawyers association. Each member of the WLA ACT is also immediately a member of the AWL.
The objects of AWL are to:
1. achieve justice and equality for all women;
2. further understanding and support for the legal rights of all women;
3. identify, highlight and eradicate discrimination against women inherent in the legal system and in the community generally;
4. advance equality for women in the legal profession;
5. create and enhance awareness of women's contribution to the practice and development of law; and
6. provide a professional and social network for women lawyers.
AWL's Patron is the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, The Hon Diana Bryant AO QC.
Every two years the AWL hosts a National Conference that attracts hundreds of delegates nationwide and is regarded as the peak conference for female practitioners, leaders and senior professionals across the Australian legal sector. The theme of the conference for 2016 is 'Where do we want to be in 5 years', with attendees being able to accumulate several CPD points. 'AWL 2016' is dedicated to facilitating the optimum exchange of, and innovative ideas amongst, speakers and delegates and is open to men and women.