President's Message


The Bondi Junction attack of 13 April 2024 has shocked our entire community. A place where people expected to find joy brought them terror.

The NSW Bar Association offers its condolences and support to all of those affected by this horrible act of violence.

The attack resulted in the deaths of six people, and the attacker, and many injured. The courageous actions of some prevented the deaths of others. In particular, NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott exhibited selfless bravery in placing others’ safety before her own. The health professionals who attended the scene, and continue to assist the injured, are a credit to their profession.

Some of you may be personally affected by Saturday’s tragedy. For others, it may recall the trauma of previous distressing events.

If any of our members or their families need support or assistance, please consider contacting BarCare. BarCare Director Jenny Houen can be contacted on 0427 317 958 or at All discussions with BarCare are wholly confidential. If a colleague requires support, please show them compassion and encourage them to seek assistance.

The NSW Government has activated a range of support measures, the details of which are available here. A dedicated phone line for victims has been established to facilitate access to the Victims Support Scheme - 1800 019 123. This number is staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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