Tina and Tano Salpietro Award


Each year the ANU College of Law may offer an award known as the Tina and Tano Salpietro Award ("the award").

The objective of the award is to provide financial assistance to enable a student to complete a legal internship in the Kimberley region in Western Australia, as part of the Kimberley Community Legal Services (KCLS)−ANU partnership.

Funding for this award has been provided by Antonella Salpietro, who established this award in recognition of her parents, Tina and Tano Salpietro. Antonella wishes to acknowledge her parents' empathy and solidarity towards groups who experience disadvantage.

There are overwhelming levels of unmet legal need in Aboriginal communities and Antonella is committed to help addressing these needs. She hopes her donation will work towards lessening the disadvantages experienced by First Nations people, as a result of imbalances in the legal system. Antonella anticipates that this scholarship will enable Indigenous students to work with and for the Aboriginal peoples of the Kimberley, strengthening their capacity as future Indigenous justice leaders. In addition, Antonella anticipates that all students who gain first-hand awareness of the challenges faced in Aboriginal communities, will go on to become allies and advocates for indigenous social justice and legal reform as their careers progress.

Field of study



To be eligible to receive this award, the following criteria must be met;

  • Has applied and intends to undertake an internship in the Kimberley with the Kimberley Community Legal Service.
  • is an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian Permanent Resident visa or a permanent humanitarian visa; and
  • is enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB(Hons)) or Juris Doctor (JD) in the ANU College of Law; and  
  • is maintaining a credit average or above in their LLB(Hons) or JD.


A single payment of $3,500

How to apply

There is no separate scholarship application. Students are automatically considered based on them meeting the eligibility criteria and applying for a Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) internship by the deadline published on the ANU scholarship website. 

Further information

Selection is made on the basis of information provided in the application form to undertake an internship with the Kimberley Community Legal Service on the following criteria.

  • demonstrated commitment to understanding and pursuing Indigenous justice;
  • demonstrated commitment to developing Indigenous Cultural Competency (applicable to non-Indigenous students);
  • interest in and understanding of the goals of the Kimberley Community Legal Service;
  • relevant past experience and skills (including any barriers faced that prevented a student getting that experience); and
  • relational skills or aptitudes such as empathy and compassion.

Additional factors may be taken into account such as Indigenous status and academic achievement.

The award is offered by a selection committee chaired by the Director of Clinical Courses and Internships in the ANU College of Law which will also include one Indigenous senior academic and one other senior academic from the ANU College of Law.

The selection committee reserves the right to make no award if it considers there is no applicant of sufficient merit.  The selection committee may also vary the number of awards if multiple winners are identified by splitting the award.