Southwest Regional Office of Legal Aid - Bunbury
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Southwest Regional Office of Legal Aid, Bunbury
An applicant who has a commitment to working with people who are disadvantaged in their access to justice and has an interest in practising law in a regional setting.
About this Legal Assistance Service (LAS):
This Regional Office is based in Bunbury, the third largest city in Western Australia with a population of 30,000. They regularly participate in circuit courts in Busselton, Margaret River, Collie, Harvey, Manjimup, Bridgetown and Donnybrook, with video links to superior courts, and provide outreach services in Busselton and Manjimup. The Southwest regional office is one of eight Legal Aid regional offices in Western Australia. The work has a focus on criminal law, with frequent exposure to family law. The office has 5 lawyers and 5 admin / paralegal staff.
All of our placements offer PLT students a fantastic and unmissable opportunity to work with 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, placement in Bunbury adds the extra dimension of working with clients who have limited access to justice, may be low income earners and disadvantaged, may be Indigenous Australians and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse.
About Bunbury and surrounds:
Bunbury is only a two hour drive from Perth and is the gateway to whales, wild flowers and wine. Bunbury is known as the green and lush south western corner of Western Australia and makes a fantastic contrast to the stark, sunburnt country of much of the state. Close to Perth, Bunbury and its surrounds are popular with locals looking to escape the city.
Its beach-dotted coastline beckons, while inland the rural townships offer peace and quiet. It is the gateway to the great tall forests of the south west, and to the national parks and wineries between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin. Top destinations include the Margaret River Wine Region and the Blackwood River Valley.
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. The Legal Aid Commission of WA is funded by both the Commonwealth and State Governments.
The Legal Aid Commission of WA aims to:
help people to resolve their legal problems as soon as possible
make it easier for people to get legal help especially if they belong to a disadvantaged group
help people find alternatives to going to court
give a high quality legal service.
Southwest Regional Office
7th Floor, Bunbury Tower
61 Victoria Street
Bunbury, WA 6230
Telephone: (08) 9721 2277
Address: PO Box 2242, Bunbury WA 6231
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