Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey

WLA ACT, in partnership with the ACT Young Lawyers Society, has previously conducted the Young Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey. The 2017/18 Survey, however, was open to all lawyers, not just early career lawyers. This expansion of the Survey has been made possible thanks to our corporate sponsors.

The ACT is a small jurisdiction and information about employment, pay and conditions is often unavailable in the public sphere, making it difficult for lawyers to find an independent benchmark from which to negotiate their entitlements. The purpose of the survey is to collect data in relation to the basic pay and conditions for all lawyers, male or female, young or old.

WLA ACT will use the data collected to assist in policy development and to advocate for women following the results of the NARS report. 

The survey has closed and a report on the results will be released at a launch event on 31 May 2018 at Minter Ellison. 


2016 Findings Report

On 29 November 2016, WLA ACT, in conjunction with the ACT Young Lawyers Committee, held its annual ‘Junior Lawyers Pay and Conditions Survey Launch’. Our Findings Report, analysing and presenting the results from the Survey, was released at the event. 

We were delighted to have Katrina Musgrove, Barrister at Blackburn Chambers, as our guest speaker. Katrina provided useful advice for early-career lawyers, including:

  • When negotiating pay and conditions, you should advocate for yourself. Gather the evidence and prepare your submissions.
  • Ask yourself, ‘what is your dream job? Where do you want to be?’ Have a plan and a goal.
  • Seek out mentors – are there those in the profession that you admire?  
  • Learn from your experiences, especially the painful ones.
  • Be confident (‘get some swagger!’). 
  • Finally, have fun. 

We would like to extend our thanks to Minter Ellison who kindly sponsored this event.

Please click HERE to read the full Findings Report. 

2015 Findings Report

2015 was our most successful year in terms of responses to the survey with 140 respondents participating. The breakdown of respondents included 110 women and 30 men. 

The Findings Report was distributed and presented at our launch event on 24 November 2015. The launch provided an opportunity to discuss the themes outlined in the report and engage in discussion in relation to the conditions early-career lawyers face. 

2014 Findings Report

Please click HERE to read the full 2014 Findings Report.