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Who we are
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) is a national association of lawyers, academics and other professionals dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.
We promote access to justice and equality before the law for all individuals regardless of their wealth, position, gender, sexuality, age, race or religious belief.
The ALA office is located on land traditionally owned by the Gadigal of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which we work as the first people of this country.
You can view our Constitution here.
The ALA started in 1994 as the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association, when a small group of personal injury lawyers decided to pool their knowledge and resources to secure better outcomes for their clients: victims of negligence.
The organisation's founders realised that working collectively would enable them to campaign more effectively for progressive law reform, and to adopt a strategic approach to protecting the rights of ordinary people against the legal tactics of the state and big corporations.
In 2004, we changed our name to the Australian Lawyers Alliance to reflect our broader vision to advocate for those individuals whose rights had been violated, or were at risk of violation, by advocating for law reform that ensures greater fairness for all.
Our membership has since grown to include academics, students and other professionals, who share an interest in protecting access to compensation for violation of individuals' rights and who advocate for access to justice and law reform that ensures fairer outcomes for all. We estimate that our members represent up to 200,000 people throughout Australia each year.
We receive no government funding.
Our main source of funds is membership fees, with additional income generated by our events, as well as through publications, sponsorship, advertising, donations, investments, and event paper sales.
What we do
We started out with no office, staff, conferences, events or publications.
Today, the ALA advocates for law reform across a broad range of issues at state, territory and federal levels. We regularly provide submissions to parliamentary inquiries and give evidence at public hearings all over the country. We also work with civil society and industry in support of our members' interests.
We also contribute regularly to public commentary and debate in the media, and feature across print, radio, TV and online media.
We host six state and territory conferences annually throughout Australia, a medical law conference and a national conference, all of which provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) points.
We also publish a bi-monthly legal journal, Precedent, providing commentary and updates on vital areas of law and policy, which is complimentary for our members.