Patrick Goulding

Patrick Goulding


Areas of Practice

Patrick is a Dharug man from the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney. He works in commercial law, intellectual property and Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). Patrick has prepared licence agreements for commercial use of Aboriginal art and advised clients on ICIP Protocols. Patrick is a popular presenter of our True Tracks® ICIP Workshop and has presented to a range of clients including Indigenous traditional owner organisations, universities, museums and archives. Patrick also provides advice to corporates on their Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and Indigenous procurement.

Photo by Jamie James
Artwork: Bibi Barba, 'Terri - Butterfly Flowers Dreaming' (2020) Tie: artist Mick Harding


Patrick was admitted to practice by the NSW Legal Profession Admission Board in May 2020. He graduated from the University of NSW in 2018 with degrees in Law and Arts (Indigenous Studies).  Patrick has previously worked at Supply Nation, researching the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) and its interaction with Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses. Prior to that he worked at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and legal firm Henry Davis York as a Career Trackers intern. In 2016, he travelled to the USA and enrolled in Native American Studies as part of an Exchange Program with the University of Arizona. He has worked in a variety of sectors: education, government, not-for-profit and the private sector.

Recent Projects

  • Co-author, Indigenous Health Genomics: The legal, ethical and social issues paper (Department of Health)

  • Co-author, Indigenous Trade Mark Case Studies report (IP Australia)

  • Drafted a ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for a global homewares company

  • With Nancia Guivarra, revised Listen, Learn and Respect: Indigenous Cultural Protocols and Radio & Podcasting for the Australian, Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) 

  • Drafted ICIP Protocols and an IP Management Plan for a Native Title Prescribed Body Corporate


Patrick is passionate about the role of education in empowering communities and families. He was a Student Ambassador for Nura Gili at UNSW and works with Indigenous youth as part of the Winter School Program and continues tutoring students in Indigenous Studies at UNSW. He spent two years living and working at the UNSW Goldstein College as a Resident Fellow providing pastoral and academic support to students living on campus. Patrick is also a director of Narang Bir-rong Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal organisation that provides culturally appropriate family preservation and foster care support services in the Western Sydney, Nepean and Blue Mountains region. In his spare time he enjoys playing rugby for UNSW Rugby Club and spending time in the bush with family and friends.

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