The Australian Advocacy Institute

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Information for AAI Trainers


Greetings and welcome to the AAI 2024 workshop year.


The schedule for first half 2024 is now set ...

Please look at the calendar below and, as always, let me know your availability asap.

ONLINE v IN PERSON workshops:

We are now well used to conducting workshops ONLINE.  The platform works and does so effectively. However it is accepted that both the teaching and learning experience IN PERSON remains the far better option.  It is our intention to go 'in person' wherever practical, always recognising the need for Covid awareness ... and be prepared to swing over to online on short notice.


A positive that has emerged from the online program is the benefit of doing the mid-week intro. session earlier ... i.e. Wednesday/Thursday evenings, and online.  We intend to keep this option for workshops with the Saturday online or in person, as it frees up Friday travel and gives the advocates exposure to the program earlier.


However, not all clients are yet ready to go back to in person.
The QLS have indicated they will stay with online for their general skills workshops, partly because it allows attendance from all regional centers and partly through cost.


Cheers ... Scott


2024 Update to the "Handbook for AAI Instructors":

An update is now available. This follows requests to reissue advice on common problems faced by newer trainers that had been previously only been found in the first edition of the AAI Advocacy Manual. Every AAI Trainer, new or old, will benefit from having a common list of points to review on. Email Scott if you would like a copy.


Congratulations to AAI Deputy Chair
Felicity Hampel AM SC

on her retirement from the bench of the
County Court of Victoria,
May 2023.


Congratulations to
AAI Trainer
Craig Everson SC

Appointed to the bench of the District Court of NSW, May 2023.

Congratulations to
AAI Trainer
Carl Heaton KC

Appointed to the bench of

the District Court of Queensland, Sept. 2023.

Congratulations to AAI Deputy Chair
Grant Brady SC

Appointed to the bench of
the District Court of NSW, February 2024.


Missed any important news or appointments? ...
please let me know.

AAI presentation on Teaching Case Theory to UK and international Advocacy trainers.


AAI Chair, The Hon. Ann Ainslie-Wallace, recently joined Grahame Aldous KC of the ICCA (UK) Advanced Advocacy Training faculty, to lead a discussion and demonstration of current methods in teaching Case Theory as part of an advocacy skills workshop. The presentation was held in London before 40 advocacy trainers from the UK Inns of Court and also streamed live to a further 80+ advocacy trainers, including advocacy trainers from the USA.


The positive reaction to this presentation by the various UK advocacy training groups again reinforces the importance of the AAI's reputation and standing in international advocacy training.


AAI Workshop Schedule

(Click on workshop for details, if available)

Last update 28/03/24


January to June 2024

July to Dec 2024