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Australian Young Lawyer Awards

The Australian Young Lawyer Awards is conducted annually by the Law Council of Australia's Young Lawyers' Committee and recognises excellence in young or early career lawyers and young lawyer organisations.

To be eligible for the award, a nominee must either be a young or early career lawyer who has made a continuous and outstanding contribution to the profession and the community, or alternatively, a young lawyer organisation that has implemented a program relating to professional or community issues over the preceding financial calendar year.


The nomination round for the 2023 Australian Young Lawyer Awards is now closed. 

2023 Winners

Australian Young Lawyer of the Year

The 2023 Australian Young Lawyer is Ms Palwasha Nawabi.

Ms Nawabi is a solicitor at Immigration Solutions Lawyers. She led the operational and administrative aspect of a significant pro bono initiative which resulted in successful procurement of 90 Subclass 449 visas for 20 Afghan women and their families and permanent residence visas for those who chose to settle in Australia.

When named the 2023 Young Lawyer of the Year, Ms Nawabi said she takes pride in joining an esteemed group of previous winners, who like herself joined the profession to make a positive impact in society. “Assisting the international legal community and advocating for those who work towards justice and the rule of law is a distinction on its own, but to also be recognised for my legal contribution in an area of law which I am passionate about, is truly encouraging as a young lawyer,” Ms Nawabi said.

The Law Council has the opportunity to interview Ms Nawabi. Read the interview here.

Australian Young Lawyer Organisation Award

The 2023 Australian Young Lawyer Organisation award was presented to the Queensland Young Lawyers (QYL). QYL was recognised for its 2023 Queensland Legal Salary Survey which collects data from lawyers, barristers and students across the state to provide a one-of-a-kind insight into salary and the legal market.

The survey gathers a range of important information from job satisfaction, through to the reasons why lawyers decide to stay or leave their employer and work arrangements. This data allows young lawyers to make informed decisions as they navigate the early stages of their career. Equally importantly, it provides the profession with an accurate, timely and evidence-based understanding of challenges and issues that need to be addressed to maintain the workforce of the legal profession into the future.

The Law Council had the opportunity to interview the QYL. Read the interview here.



For more information about the Awards please contact:

Ms Natalie Cooper
T. 02 6246 3724


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