An alternative to the removal of Aboriginal children into care: The work of the Federal Circuit Court

Date & time

5–6pm Tuesday 29 November 2016


Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, The Australian National University


His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM


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Nicole Harman

Presented by Centre for International & Public Law

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His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM was appointed to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia in 2011 and is Australia’s first and only Indigenous Commonwealth judicial officer. Judge Myers holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Applied Law (Family Law) from the College of Law and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution from Bond University.

Prior to his appointment, Judge Myers undertook work as a Notary Public, Accredited Collaborative Family Lawyer and as an Accredited Family Law Specialist with separate accreditation in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.  Judge Myers had additionally worked in the area of family law mediation both as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and as an Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner with CentreCare and Legal Aid New South Wales. From 1999 until 2010 Judge Myers was a member of the New South Wales Community Aid Panel. Judge Myers was awarded the NSW Law Society President’s medal in 2011 and received the award of Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013 for services to the community in the area of welfare and Family Law.

Judge Myers is a member of the Board of Family and Relationship Services Australia, member CatholicCare Advisory Council (Broken Bay Dioceses), member Law Society of New South Wales Indigenous Issues Committee, member Federal Circuit Court of Australia Indigenous Access to Justice Committee and RAP Working Group, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Family Law Pathways Network, member of the Central Coast Family Law Pathways Network Steering Committee, member of the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, member of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council,  member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, member of the Honoured Friends of the Salvation Army, member of the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserves and holds the Commissioned Officer rank of Squadron Leader.  


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