COVID-19 and Ngalaya

We're all impacted by COVID-19 and the precautions we must take to protect each other and First Nations communities. For the forseeable future, Ngalaya will be:

Going Online

To continue to support our members and provide opportunities for First Nations lawyers and law students to connect, Ngalaya will be hosting digital networking and social catch ups over the coming months. Become a member to make sure you're always up to date.

Supporting Members

Ngalaya is committed to assisting its members however possible. If you find yourself in financial stress, or are experiencing issues with your university or employer, please contact us for assistance.

Planning for 2020-21

Ngalaya is still committed to expanding our membership base, recruiting volunteers, and hosting regular events for our members. We will continue to plan for when we are able to gather in-person. Consider volunteering with us to make that future possible.

We’re supporting the next generation of First Nations law-makers

Ngalaya represents over 750 First Nations lawyers and law students across New South Wales. We were founded in 1997 to advocate for increased representation within the legal profession and a more just legal system, and we have been run by First Nations lawyers and law students ever since.

In April 2019, Ngalaya relaunched as an organisation to continue supporting the next generation of First Nations law-makers. We believe that First Nations lawyers have an incredible impact on their communities, workplaces, and the profession as a whole.

We are committed to growing Ngalaya in a sustainable way so that we can provide long-term support for and opportunities for First Peoples in the legal profession.

Get involved with Ngalaya

All First Nations lawyers, law students and law graduates in NSW and the ACT are eligible to join Ngalaya.

We’re working hard to expand our footprint across NSW. We need help from individuals like you to support our members.

Our Board of Directors

Kate Sinclair (Dharug)

Kate Sinclair (Dharug)

Chairperson, BA LLB (UNSW)

Kate is a Law Graduate working as a Paralegal at Allens. Kate became Chairperson of Ngalaya for 2020, after becoming a Director in 2017.

Jason O'Neil (Wiradjuri)

Jason O'Neil (Wiradjuri)

Executive Director, BA(Hons) LLB (UNSW)

Jason is a lawyer researching Indigenous Self-Determination at Nura GIli UNSW, and working at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Jason became Executive Director of Ngalaya for 2020, after serving as Chairperson since 2018.

Mark Holden (Dhunghutti)

Mark Holden (Dhunghutti)

Director, LLB(Hons) (UTS)

Mark is a Solicitor at the Financial Rights Legal Centre. He previously worked at Legal Aid NSW, the NSW Environmental Defenders Office and the ACCC. Mark is a former Chairperson of Ngalaya, and Director since 2012.


Dayne Syron (Biripi, Worimi)

Director, BA LLB (UNSW)

Dayne is a Law Graduate working as a Legal/Industrial Officer at the CFMEU. Dayne joined the board as a Director for 2020.

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