The AED Legal Centre

IMPORTANT NOTE: This placement is for 1 day/week for 12 weeks and there is a compulsory induction date TBC  

AED Legal Centre is a legal advocacy program established by the Association of Employees with Disability Inc. (AED). The Centre provides free legal advocacy to people with a disability in the areas of employment, education and training. The Centre is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres of Victoria.

Legal advocacy is conducted by Kairsty Wilson, solicitor and manager of the Centre who is supported by paralegal staff. We also have a Wednesday night service staffed by volunteer law students and pro-bono legal practitioners and supervised by Kairsty.

Why we exist

AED’s main objective is to protect and advance the rights of people with disability who experience difficulties and/or discrimination in employment or education because of their disability.

What we do:

  • Advocate workplace solutions on behalf of employees with disability;
  • Educate employees with disability about their rights and employment law – so that they can make better informed decisions;
  • Draft complaints of discrimination or unlawful dismissal;
  • Provide legal representation at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Federal Court of Australia, Federal Magistrates Court, Fair Work Commission,
  • Assist employees on how to disclose their disability to employers

Students will work under supervision of the legal staff as well as under supervision of the Legal Manager and Legal Practitioner at all times. The range of work students can expect include client interviews, preparing documents and conducting research. There will also be other opportunities for students to gain legal experience, such as attending conciliations, mediations and hearings. However, this will largely depend on the needs of our clients at the time of your placement.

For students considering their professional placement with us, an interest in working with people with disability is essential.

Duties of the placement might include:

  • Taking notes during client initial interviews.
  • Ensure introductory materials are provided and client instructions are recorded.
  • Summarizing client issues.
  • Taking a chronology or client statement
  • Attending and taking notes at client meetings.
  • Filing paperwork for various files
  • Attend court to file documents or instruct
  • Drafting applications to FWA under guidance of staff and lawyers
  • Drafting letters, using precedents and own initiative.