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Feature story: Liz Leiter—young lawyer of the year

Liz Leiter won the Woman Lawyer of the year – Early Career award at the 2018 ACT Women Lawyers Awards (WLA) presented at the National Gallery of Australia in October 2018. The awards recognise outstanding legal talent in the ACT. The president of the WLA said that the award winners of 2018 were not just exceptional lawyers but they all contribute to the profession in a variety of ways and are all champions of the women lawyers that surround them.

Liz has been a Senior Government Lawyer at Safe Work Australia for over two years. Liz drove the transformation of the procurement function for the agency, prepared drafting instructions for amendments to the model WHS laws and led a project team advising on the implications of the gig economy in the WHS space.

Liz has shaped the section’s profile as a trusted advisor to the agency. She is also a gender equality co-champion in the agency’s Workplace Inclusion Network, and has contributed to the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT.

Liz was nominated by her Safe Work Australia colleagues noting ‘Consistent across all of Ms Leiter's achievements is her drive for change for the better, whether it’s her impressive work or volunteering her time to improve the working experiences of women lawyers and her colleagues in the agency’.

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