Eligibility for the First Nations Mentoring Program
The New South Wales Bar Association uses the definition of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders as adopted by the High Court in the Tasmanian Dams Case (Commonwealth v Tasmania
(1983) 158 CLR 1) which is a three part test (see criteria 1-3 below).
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent,
- identify as an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander,
- be accepted by the relevant community as an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander, and
- be a student undertaking graduate or post graduate studies in law or a lawyer in the early stages of your career.
To satisfy criteria 1-3 above, any First Nations student or lawyer wishing to register for the Mentoring Program must supply either:
- a certificate of Aboriginality, if they hold one, or
- a letter of support from an Elder in their community. A template letter of support is available for download here.