The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) was established in October 1963 as, and remains, a voluntary professional association of independent barristers. The WABA is committed to promoting the highest standards of competence and ethical practice in the provision of independent advocacy, advice, arbitration and mediation services.
The WABA performs a significant and important role in advancing the public interest by:
- advocating adherence to and respect for the rule of law;
- supporting and promoting the fair and proper administration of justice;
- advocating the importance of access to justice to all members of the community;
- liaising and working with community groups and the courts to provide pro bono legal advice and representation;
- promoting equality before and within the law;
- facilitating valuable dialogue with governments and the courts.
The WABA works in the interests of its members by:
- providing the highest standard of education and training for members;
- offering CPD events that are tailored to meet the needs of practising barristers;
- promoting equality within the law, including by the endorsement of the Law Council of Australia Equitable Briefing Policy;
- encouraging inclusiveness and diversity;
- promoting and maintaining the tradition of collegiality.