Goldfields Regional Legal Aid Office - Kalgoorlie
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Goldfields Regional Office of Western Australia Legal Aid - Kalgoorlie
A confident, willing person, with a 'have a go' attitude.
About this Legal Assistance Service:
Based in Kalgoorlie with outreach to communities in Esperance, Norseman, Southern Cross and Leonora. This Legal Aid Office has a focus on criminal and family law, while also regularly doing outreach to communities, participating in circuit courts and video links to superior courts. This Goldfields Regional Legal Aid Office is one of eight regional offices in Western Australia, that uniquely provides 1300 advice line to outreach clients. The office has three lawyers, one paralegal and two support staff. Their office participates in the WA Country Lawyers Program. A student who places here will be involved in:
Information and advice on tenancy related legal issues
Document preparation assistance
Assistance toward dispute resolution by negotiation and conciliation
Involvement in law reform projects
Community Legal education for community groups
Information and advice about individual and community legal rights and responsibilities
Enhancing access to Justice for clients
Advocating for law reform
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 Kalgoorlie 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.
Kalgoorlie is a vibrant community of 30,000 with many young professionals. Geographically, the Kalgoorlie Shire is part of the Eastern Goldfields which includes Kambalda, Menzies, Leinster, Coolgardie, Merredin and Leonora. It is a 6 hour drive inland from Perth, but there are flights available from Adelaide. Kalgoorlie is surrounded by desert, with hot dry summers and cool dry winters. The best times to place in Kalgoorlie, weather wise are during the months of Autumn and Spring.
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:
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.
Goldfields Regional Office
Suite 3, 120 Egan Street, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430
Telephone: (08) 9025 1300
Facsimile: (08) 9091 2077
PO Box 10404, Kalgoorlie WA 6433
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