LEBA Community Engagement

The Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts (LEBA) proudly supports and provides sponsorship to a variety of community organisations and events.

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Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance

austin-asche-ao-qcThe annual Austin Asche Oration honours the service of Austin Asche AC QC to the people of the Northern Territory and his contribution to the law, tertiary education and to the community.

Austin Asche AC QC was the third Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and fifteenth Administrator of the Northern Territory. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1994.

The Faculty of LEBA has proudly sponsored this community engagement event since its inception in 2011.

Past orations

2017Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights CommissionerMaking detention safe: can we grasp a once-in-a-generation opportunity?
2016The Honourable Marilyn Warren ACYoung people in detention: impacts, progress and alternatives
2015Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights CommissionThe expansion of executive discretion: implications for the Northern Territory
2014The Honourable Frank Vincent AO QCLaw and order in a rapidly changing society
2013The Honourable Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO, Family Court of AustraliaThe big picture: responding to challenges arising in International Family Law
2012The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, former High Court judge and scholarHuman rights protection - a riposte to Chief Justice Patrick Keane
2011The Honourable Patrick Keane, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of AustraliaSticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me

Centre for Youth and Community Music


The Centre for Youth and Community Music (CYCM) offers music curriculum for students of all ages starting from the "very young" in the "Junior Music Program" right through to the "young at heart" adults in our "Non-Award Programs".

Catering for the beginner to the more advanced student, the CYCM provides instrumental, vocal and theory tuition as well as offering a diverse and exciting range of ensemble programs.

The Faculty of LEBA is a proud sponsor of the CYCM.

Darwin Festival

Darwin Festival is a vibrant arts and cultural event with an eclectic and substantial program that takes advantage of Darwin’s delightful dry season weather and spectacular outdoor venues. Darwin Festival reflects Darwin’s position at the Top End of Australia, its unique Indigenous and multicultural population and its close proximity to Asia while at the same time showcasing some of Australia’s finest arts performers.

Darwin Festival is held over an exciting 18 days and nights, with local and touring performances and events including outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance, music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts.

The festival had its origins in July 1979 as the Bougainvillea Festival, a floral festival including a Grand Parade, sporting events, birdman rally and a mardi gras. During the 1990s the focus shifted towards being a regional arts festival, working with community associations, Indigenous communities and Asia Pacific cultural groups. In 2003 the festival was renamed Darwin Festival to reflect its growing international status.

The Faculty of LEBA is a Distinguished Partner of Darwin Festival.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra


Founded in 1989, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has been steadily moving towards establishing itself as one of Australia’s most diverse and culturally significant orchestra/musical institutions, reaching audiences throughout every corner of the territory in which it resides.

Alongside a resident concert season in Darwin, the orchestra has an impressive and adventurous touring history with visits to Alice Springs, the Devils Marbles and Simpson’s Gap in Central Australia, Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula, Pine Creek, Katherine, Yirrkala, Milingimbi and Maningrida, and Kununurra in Western Australia. This has contributed to the orchestra becoming a cherished Territory institution that prides itself on bringing many facets of the community together through its deliverance of vibrant and accessible orchestral performances.

Comprising 65 volunteer musicians and a small professional core who live and work within the Darwin community, the DSO is an orchestra of and for the community.

The Faculty of LEBA is one of the proud sponsors of the DSO.

Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival

The Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival is a free community festival held in May on the Nightcliff foreshore, by the sea.

In 2005 a group of artists, small businesses and community organisations joined forces to create a community festival. In the years since then the aim of the Festival has held strong in providing a local forum for all facets of the arts including visual arts, music, dance, circus, performance, spoken word, exhibitions, and workshops.

The festival commences with the Big Day from 2pm until late, at the Nightcliff foreshore and activities continued during the following week in venues across Darwin.

Included in the LEBA sponsorship package to the festival was the CDU Music stage.

Northern Territory Literary Awards

The annual Northern Territory Literary Awards celebrate the achievements of a wide range of emerging Northern Territory (NT) writers.

The Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts sponsors two prizes:

  • Charles Darwin University Creative Non-Fiction Award
  • Charles Darwin University Essay Award

Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards

launch-nt-young-achiever-awardAt the annual Northern Territory Young Achiever awards LEBA is a proud sponsor of the following prize:

Charles Darwin University Arts Award

The spirit of creativity, the energy and drive of young artistic people is enthusiastically applauded by the Charles Darwin University. The Arts Award celebrates the creative practices of young people, particularly the initiative and commitment required to produce inspirational work. The Arts Award values the diversity and innovation of young people working in the arts and acknowledges their contribution to Australian culture.

October Business Month

October Business Month (OBM) is a program of business events including dinners, award ceremonies, seminars, business breakfasts, cocktail receptions, leadership events, conferences and workshops across the Territory and provides Territory business people with:

  • opportunities for professional development
  • innovative management ideas
  • networking opportunities.

Past events and organisations sponsored

LEBA has sponsored the following events and organisations in previous years:

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