We worked for two years with members of the non-profit and for-profit legal community, cutting-edge public interest campaigners, and academia to develop the Grata model. Finally, with the backing of GetUp members, Grata was born.
We are inspired by game-changing court cases that have disrupted unjust laws around the world in recent years, like the US Supreme Court decision to legalise marriage equality and the Hague decision to mandate climate change emissions reductions in the Netherlands, we want to facilitate opportunities to do the same in Australia.
We support individuals and community groups to use the power of the courts to secure landmark decisions like these. With help from the community, the Grata Fund is opening the courts to ordinary people to advocate on the important issues of our time.
Grata Fund is named in honour of the first woman to practice law in Australia, Grata Flos Matilda Grieg. Grata blazed a trail through the law at the turn of the twentieth century, overturning laws that prohibited women lawyers and challenging the way that justice was done. The Supreme Court of Victoria dubbed her "the graceful incoming of a revolution".
It’s in her spirit that Grata was born.