Following a decision by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, the National Judicial College of Australia was established in 2003 as an independent, not for profit organisation. The role of the College is to provide national leadership in judicial education, to support the rule of law and to strengthen judicial capacity and independence. It achieves its purpose by delivering judge-led professional development programs throughout Australia that enhance judicial skills, knowledge and performance. The College applies a multidisciplinary approach and best andragogic practice in its development and delivery of these programs, ensuring its reputation for the delivery of programs of excellence.
The NJCA is funded by Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and governed by a Council, the majority of whose members are judicial officers. There are no membership fees – NJCA’s programs are open to all judges and magistrates from Australian courts. The NJCA offices are generously accommodated within the Australian National University’s College of Law.