First Nations Action Plan

First Nations Action Plan

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.

Nutha Way

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.

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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.

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