First Nations Action Plan
The Law Society’s First Nations Action Plan sets out a strategy to achieve a profession where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students, graduates and practitioners feel valued and respected. The Law Society promotes a community in which members understand and show respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through building relationships and laying the foundation for increased opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
First Nations Cultural Calendar
As a resource for the community and as part of the Society’s First Nations Action Plan a Cultural Calendar has been developed which celebrates key dates throughout the year of significance to our First Nations people. It can be downloaded here. The calendar is an evolving living document and we welcome suggestions from the community for other dates which could be listed in the calendar.
A 25+ year Indigenous youth leadership program working to strengthen relationships between Indigenous youth, their communities, the justice system and the Police. Nutha Way champions the voices of Indigenous young people across WA and asks about their ideas for helping resolve the big issues and facilitating change.
The Nutha Way program is an initiative of the Law Society of Western Australia, that is facilitated by Millennium Kids and Media on Mars. The program is sponsored by Lotterywest and the Department of Justice, through the Criminal Confiscation Grants Fund, and aims to improve relations and reduce negative incidents of interaction with the Justice system. Read more about the 2020 Nutha Way Annual Story.
Visit the website here: https://nuthaway.org.au/
Closing the Gap
The Closing the Gap strategy is a long term, Coalition of Australian Governments framework that builds on the foundation of respect and unity provided by the 2008 National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In 2008, the Coalition agreed to six ambitious targets to address the disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians in life expectancy, child mortality, education and employment. Justice targets are yet to be formally included.
In February 2016 the Law Society resolved to commence a strategic campaign known as ‘Closing the Gap’ with an emphasis on the spiralling rates of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia. Currently the Law Society’s campaign is being advanced by the work of the Indigenous Legal Issues Committee, the Aboriginal Incarceration and Justice Reinvestment Working Group and the Law Society’s First Nations Action Plan Working Group.
First Nations policies
- Access to justice issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Western Australia (July 2020)
- Closing the gap (August 2020)
- Justice reinvestment (July 2020)
- Deaths in custody and incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (July 2020)
- Issues that contribute to the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Western Australia (July 2020)
- Mandatory sentencing and how it contributes to the incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia (July 2020)
- Issues affecting incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (August 2020)
- Funding certainty to help Law Access meet pro bono demand (27 August 2021)
- NAIDOC Week – Heal Country! (1 July 2021)
- The Law Society Strongly Opposes Mandatory Sentencing (18 January 2021)
- The Law Society of Western Australia Welcomes Announcement that $6.2m Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy is Moving to Next Phase (15 July 2020)
- Joint Media Statement: The Law Society and Law Access Welcome Legal Funding Boost to Help WA’s Most Vulnerable and Disadvantaged (24 June 2020)
- The Law Society Welcomes Comprehensive Reform Package to WA’s Fine Enforcement Regime (17 June 2020)
- Law Society Welcomes Introduction of WA Pro Bono Model to Enhance Access to Justice (23 March 2020)
- New Federal Agreement Must Increase Legal Assistance Funding and Protect Indigenous Legal Assistance (1 November 2019)
- Customary Law (25 January 2019)
- Law Society’s Lore Law Project Awarded State Government Grant (24 January 2019)
- Joint statement: Law Council of Australia and Law Society of Western Australia regarding imprisonment for unpaid fines (8 January 2019)