Australia Day

26 January 2015

284 days to go

Krista McMeeken

Lawyer and Human Rights Advocate Finalist – WA Young Australian of the Year

A 23 year old Nyoongar woman, Krista McMeeken is a human rights and reconciliation advocate in her community of Perth. Krista believes in giving back to the community and is passionate about ensuring that all Australians are given a "fair go".

Krista grew up in Esperance and relocated to Perth in 2008 to undertake a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia. Having completed her degree, she is now practising as a litigation lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Krista devotes her spare time to mentoring youth and developing and participating in forums which bring Australians together to generate new ideas for the success and sustainability of our communities; such as the Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) Conference, the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) Conference and the National Indigenous Legal Conference (NILC).

Krista is a committee member for NAIDOC Perth, the Law Society of WA’s Aboriginal Lawyer’s Committee and the Law Council of Australia's Indigenous Legal Issues Committee. In recognition of her commitment to community issues, Krista was crowned Miss NAIDOC Perth and inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011, awarded the Human Rights Awards Young People’s Medal in 2012 and awarded the Western Australian Pride of Australia Medal for Young Leader and listed in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Young Leader category in 2013.

In late 2013, Krista completed a 134km trek of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea as a Youth Leader on the Kokoda Youth Leadership Trek for Clubs WA. This is one of her proudest achievements as her grandfather served in Papua New Guinea and the track itself was both physically and mentally challenging.

Krista has also represented our great state in international forums including the Child Rights Taskforce and UNICEF delegation to the United Nations reporting on Australia’s progress under the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2011; as an Australian delegate to the Harvard Model United Nations (Harvard MUN) in the United States in 2010 and as a member of the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour in France, Belgium and Turkey in 2007.