The Courts Administration Authority has established a “Step Up to the
Bar” program for female lawyers wishing to join the Independent Bar.
Every year, one female candidate will be selected to take part in the
The participant will be appointed within Chambers of the Supreme Court
of South Australia. She will gain experience and exposure to complex
legal cases and will work closely with the judiciary and an appointed
Judicial Mentor. The participant is also expected to engage with the
Justices of the Supreme Court, Barristers, and other legal practitioners
at an advanced level.
The program is designed to promote equality of opportunity for female
legal practitioners who wish to pursue a career at the independent Bar
and is specifically tailored to prepare participants for the Bar Readers
Course and subsequent practice.
The participant will be engaged as a Legal Officer on a 12-month
temporary contract and appointed to multiple Justices of the Supreme
Court on a rotation basis. The remuneration will be commensurate to
years of post-admission experience and equivalent classification level
within the Legal Officer stream of the Classification Standards.
The Program supports a range of initiatives arising from the strategic
response to the NARS Report by the Chief Justice of South Australia and
the SA Bar Association.
An exemption from Section 30 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 has been
granted for this program for an initial period of three years commencing
13 April 2015.
For more information, contact: Dianne Mifsud, Executive Assistant to the Chief Justice / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
/ Phone: 8204 0390 / Go to the CAA’s Step Up to the Bar webpage