About us

Ngalaya Indigenous Corporation is the peak body for First Nations lawyers and law students across what is now called New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

Ngalaya is a registered charity, governed by our volunteer Board of Directors. Ngalaya’s volunteer Executive Director manages our team and Ngalaya’s day-to-day business.

Our vision

Ngalaya is committed to First Nations justice. We believe that Indigenous lawyers have enormous impacts on their communities and the legal profession. Our purpose is to support and grow the next generation of First Nations law-makers. We want to see First Nations people at every level of the legal profession, from graduate Legal Aid lawyers to Supreme Court Judges.

We believe in First Nations self-determination. There is a clear role to be played by Indigenous lawyers to support the political and social aspirations of First Peoples across the continent.

Our history

Ngalaya (nar-lee-ah) was founded in 1997 by a group of Indigenous law students at the University of New South Wales. It was the first association of its kind in Australia. Ngalaya is a Dharug/Eora word meaning ‘allies in battle‘.

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First Nations lawyers in NSW and the ACT

Ngalaya represents over 800 First Nations lawyers and law students. This includes:

  • 376 practicing solicitors in NSW
  • 342 law students in NSW
  • 20 practicing solicitors in the ACT
  • 25 law students in the ACT

Ngalaya relaunch

In April 2019, Ngalaya relaunched after a period of inactivity as an organisation. Since then:

  • our membership has tripled in size
  • our website and social media has been reinvigorated
  • we have partnered with legal organisations and law firms to provide financial and other support for Ngalaya members

Our partners

Ngalaya is volunteer-run, and receives no ongoing funding. We are only able to achieve what we can through the generosity and support of our members and supporters.