|Great Southern Regional Office of Legal Aid Western Australia – Albany|
Great Southern Regional Office of Legal Aid Western Australia – Albany
Duration of LPE: 20 days or longer by negotiation
Intensity: Full time preferred
Start time: Negotiable
Ideal candidate: An existing link with the region is essential. A social justice instinct, resilience and adaptability are desirable.
About this Public Assistance Legal Service (PALS):
This Regional Office is based in Albany or the Great Southern Region, an area that covers 40 000 square kilometres. They regularly do outreach to communities in in Narrogin, Katanning, Ravensthorpe, Mt Barker, participate in circuit courts and conduct video links to superior courts. The Great Southern Legal Aid office is one of eight regional offices in Western Australia. The office has three lawyers and three admin/paralegals. Their office participates in the WA Country Lawyers Program
Albany is situated on the southern coast of Western Australia, and is a 4 hour 45 minute drive from Perth. This placement offers a great ‘outdoorsy’ life with the best time of year to visit from January to April when it is raining, with the chance of waterfalls.
As with all our placements, they offer PLT students a great opportunity to work in, understand and learn from lawyers practising in regional Australia. There are so many opportunities unique to working in regional Australia, such as outreach work and court circuits. However, placing in Albany adds the extra dimension of working and learning from clients who have limited access to justice, may be low income earners and disadvantaged, may be Indigenous Australians and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.
About Legal Aid Western Australia:
The first legal aid scheme in WA was started by the Law Society in the 1960's. It relied heavily on private lawyers working for free. In 1974 the Commonwealth Government set up the Australian Legal Aid Office (ALAO). ALAO provided legal aid on Commonwealth matters like family law and bankruptcy and also helped members of the armed forces and war veterans. In 1978 ALAO was replaced by the Legal Aid Commission of WA as we know it today. Legal Aid Commission of WA is funded by both the Commonwealth and State Governments.
Legal Aid Commission of WA aims to:
East Kimberley Regional Office
Suite 3, 43-47 Duke St, Albany, WA 6330
Telephone: (08) 9892 9700
Address: PO Box 5510, Albany WA 6332
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