Ngalaya (nar-lee-ah) was founded in 1997 by a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lawyers and law students at the University of New South Wales.

Since then, Ngalaya has grown into a registered charity that represents over 800 First Nations lawyers and law students across what is now called NSW and the ACT.

Ngalaya is governed by our volunteer Board of Directors, made up of First Nations lawyers and law students. Ngalaya exists to support and grow the next generation of First Nations law-makers.

Ngalaya provides networking opportunities, financial support and mentoring for First Nations people throughout their legal career.

Want to help us to grow the next generation of First Nations law-makers? Make a tax deductible donation today!

Latest news from Ngalaya

Ngalaya Stories with Kevin Williams

Ngalaya Stories: with Kevin Williams (Podcast) Kevin Williams is one of Ngalaya’s earliest members and Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Human Research Ethics Committee.  In an interview Read more…

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2022 Partners & Supporters

Ngalaya is a registered charity and volunteer-run organisation. Thanks to the support of the below organisations and our Corporate Members we are continuing to grow and support our members.


Access to Jade Professional

Gilbert + Tobin

Financial and in-kind support

NSW Crown Solicitor's Office

graduate mentoring

Colin, Biggers & Paisley

first nations law scholarship

Lander & Rogers

Financial support

King & Wood Mallesons

Pro Bono support


In-kind support

Public Interest Advocacy Centre

In-kind support