cohealth Monash Bushfire Legal Response Service

2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging and heartbreaking times for Australia and, of course, much of the world. It began under clouds of thick toxic smoke as much of the countryside literally burned down leaving horrendous human, animal and environmental disaster.  As a result, community based organisations have come together to work cooperatively in order to give people access to practical, targeted services to respond to issues that have arisen as a result of these disasters and the ripple effects thereafter.

Students are invited to become a part of a multidisciplinary team led by a senior lawyer who will work in the community in order address the legal needs of bushfire victims/survivors, as they rebuild their lives. Students will be asked to  experience the real life experience of clients and their families, with multiple legal issues, debt, insurance, social security, family violence, housing, financial hardship amongst others.

Students will have the opportunity to work within this important service model, and building critical legal practice skills a wide range of facets of practice, including:

  • Initial client interviews and assessment
  • Legal advice appointments
  • Advocacy and legal assistance
  • Ongoing casework, 
    • Legal correspondence
    • negotiating with other parties
    • Referrals