Attorney-General Robert McClelland today (1 October) announced Tony McAvoy as the inaugural Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year.
McAvoy, who was presented with the award at the 5th National Indigenous Legal Conference in Canberra, is a descendant of the Wiri people of central Queensland. He has 22 years' experience in native title law, criminal law, land rights legislation and human rights.
"I am pleased to recognise Tony, who has undertaken many roles including solicitor, policy officer and barrister, to advocate on behalf of Indigenous Australians," McClelland said.
"This annual award provides an opportunity to highlight the significant contribution made by Indigenous legal professionals to Australia's justice system."
The Government established the award to recognise outstanding Indigenous lawyers who have made a special contribution to the rights of Indigenous people or who have an exceptional commitment to providing legal representation, advice or assistance.
As a recipient of the award, McAvoy will receive $5,000 from the Australian Government to assist him in his professional development.