Our Impact

Helping Those in Need

Law Access is committed to helping individuals and not-for-profit organisations. Just some examples of how we have helped those in need are listed below. They have been de-identified to protect the anonymity of the applicants.

A homeless victim of domestic violence was staying in a women’s refuge when Law Access found a family lawyer to represent her in relation to a small property settlement. With the lawyer’s help the client obtained $160,000. The money will help her to make a new start in life.

An elderly blind man whose first language is not English received assistance to pursue a financial adviser who had ‘disappeared’ after misappropriating his life savings.

A detained asylum seeker was matched with a solicitor and a barrister who succeeded in a Federal Court application for judicial review of the rejection of his visa.

A not -for-profit organisation working with children and young people obtained pro bono advice on obtaining informed consent from minors to receive counselling and on the legal requirements concerning storing and destroying the counselling notes of minors.

Measuring Our Impact

Law Access has adopted a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to measure the impact of our work. Our success is measured quantitatively by:

  • numbers of pro bono placements made
  • numbers of applications received
  • numbers of pro bono lawyers registered with the law access service
  • time taken to complete a merit assessment and numbers of applications assessed as meritorious but unable to be placed

Qualitative assessment takes place via surveys completed by legal practitioners once the matter is completed and via feedback received from applicants.

The success of Law Access can also be qualitatively assessed by the number and nature of pro bono matters that we refer with a broader public interest.  With permission from the applicants and their lawyers, Law Access intend to report on these matters once they have concluded.

Making a Difference

Law Access needs to raise extra funds to ensure our sustainability and assist us to help more applicants. You can help us by donating to Law Access and by promoting our fundraising campaigns through your networks.

We know we are on the right track and serving an important need in the community. Between 1 July 2015 and 30 September 2016 Law Access matched 151 applicants with lawyers and means and merit assessed 460 applications for pro bono assistance.

To find out how you can support our valuable work, please contact lawaccess@lawaccess.net.au or click the ‘Donate now’ button below.

Law Access September 2015-16 statistics