The Attorney General and the NSW Government implemented a revised Equitable Briefing Policy for Women Barristers which came into effect on 1 July 2018. This replaces the former NSW Government Equitable Briefing Policy for Female Barristers and Advocates.
The NSW Government Equitable Briefing Policy for Women Barristers (the Policy [PDF,397kb]) operates to entrench equitable briefing practices in all NSW Government agencies that brief barristers. NSW is committed to supporting the progression and retention of women barristers who are engaged with NSW agencies and across the legal profession more broadly.
The NSW Policy applies to all NSW Government sector agencies that brief counsel.
The NSW Policy is modelled on the Law Council of Australia’s Equitable Briefing Policy and reflects the key objectives and aims of that Policy. It also implements the Law Council Policy’s aspirational targets for briefing women barristers. Accordingly, in selecting barristers, each NSW Government agency must now make all reasonable efforts to:
The Policy is designed to promote opportunities for women at the Bar. It is founded on equity principles. Under the Policy, when government agencies engage barristers or advocates, they are to take reasonable endeavours to:
It is acceptable to indicate that there are no female Senior Counsel practising in the relevant area, if this is the case.
For further information on what agencies are required to do when engaging Senior Counsel please refer to the Briefings to Senior Counsel webpage and Fact Sheet.
The revised reporting template (at page 7 of the Policy) is due by 31 October each year and must outline, in respect of each agency:
Please note: the Attorney General’s Rates should be applied to all barristers unless otherwise approved. For more information see the Attorney General’s Rates webpage and Fact Sheet.
The Policy provides clear definitions on what is considered to be a ‘brief’ for the purpose of the report.
Please refer to the NSW Government Equitable Briefing Reporting Sheet and Guidance note [excel 63 KB] for more information.
If you have any further questions about the Policy please contact Department of Communities and Justice Legal on firstname.lastname@example.org
View a copy of the NSW Government Equitable Briefing Report 2018/2019 Financial Year [PDF, 397 KB].