2023/24 Bar Association Committee Applications open


We are pleased to invite members to submit an expression of interest to be appointed to the Association’s committees for 2023-24.

To submit an expression of interest, please complete the online form available here.

Expressions of interest will close at 5.00pm on Monday, 22 May 2023. Expressions of interest received after this date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

The Association’s committees serve an important role in assisting the Bar Council and Association staff to promote access to and the administration of justice, and to undertake the Association’s regulatory functions.

Committees that reflect the diversity of the Association’s members and the community we serve strengthen the Association’s ability to meaningfully represent members’ views and advocate on law reform and policy issues.

Members in regional, rural and remote areas are encouraged to apply. Committees usually meet online via Zoom or in a hybrid format with an option to attend virtually. Recent investment by the Association in AV technology has meant it has become much easier for members to attend meetings virtually.

All members (not just those holding a practising certificate), including current members of committees who wish to continue on a particular committee, are required to submit an expression of interest.

The Association is very fortunate to have many more volunteers for committees than can possibly be accommodated. The President has therefore asked that members restrict their choice of committees to no more than two.

In confirming committee membership, the President seeks to ensure that all parts of the Bar are represented on each committee.

Committees are governed by the Guidelines for Committee Tenure and Governance which provide that ordinary Committee members may serve up to a maximum of five years with a rotation of 20% of ordinary Committee members each year, subject to a discretion on the part of the President.

Please note that until new committees are established and promulgated, the existing committees continue unchanged. The existing appointments to various working parties and representatives for the Bar Association continue unless and until the President determines otherwise. Acknowledgement of your expression of interest will be emailed to you within 24 hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please contact committees@nswbar.asn.au or telephone Tracie Harvey on 9232 4055.

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