Jessica Moody

Native Title
Summer 2018

I was very fortunate to have been placed via the Aurora Internship Program with the Kimberley Land Council (KLC) in Broome working alongside their legal practitioners in native title. The experience as a whole was an incredible one. Not only was I able to spend time with close friends already established in Broome, I was also able to gain experience and knowledge into an area of law I had little teaching in– native title. Broome can be a tough environment: high humidity, soaring temperatures, a wet season that can be pretty indecisive and don’t forget the crocodiles. However, it has topped my list of most beautiful places. Indigenous culture thrives in the area and there is ample opportunity to immerse yourself and learn about the culture. Weekends can be spent fishing, 4WDing and exploring. The beaches are some of the most beautiful in Australia and fair to say worldwide, and I couldn’t get enough of their fresh produce.

The work I was a part of at KLC provided me with the chance to understand native title, and as an Indigenous Australian it was beneficial to see how far we’ve come but also how far we still have to go as a society. KLC offered a welcoming environment and after my 6 weeks I knew I was leaving with connections I will see again in my professional future. I’m so thankful KLC offered me a chance to go out on country and see the benefits of native title for the people, this observation and inclusion is something I will carry with me forever in my legal career. All in all the internship gave me everything I wanted in the sense of community, culture, knowledge and hope.