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Legal profession diversity information

During the annual practising certificate renewal process we asked lawyers to tell us about their ancestry, country of birth and the languages they speak. Information was provided on a voluntary basis and 70% of lawyers answered one or more of the diversity or language questions.

Many lawyers have elected to have their ancestry and languages information included on our register of lawyers, which helps consumers of legal services to make informed decisions before they engage a lawyer. By including information about languages spoken and ancestry, as well as the areas of practice a lawyer specialises in, consumers will have even better information to make choices about the right lawyer to support them. This information will be available on the register by the end of 2020.

Below you will find the de-identified diversity information for the legal profession in Victoria. 

Country of birth

78% of lawyers who responded to this question were born in Australia. This was followed by the United Kingdom, Malaysia, New Zealand and China.


The majority of lawyers report either Australian or European ancestry. The top reported ancestries are:

  • 45% Australian
  • 23% English
  • 11% Irish
  • 9% Scottish
  • 8% Italian
  • 5% Chinese
  • 5% Greek
  • 3% Indian
  • >1% Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Languages spoken

22% of lawyers report speaking languages other than English. Lawyers report speak 150 different languages. The top languages spoken are:

  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • Greek
  • French
  • Cantonese
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Hindi
  • Vietnamese
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