Rural, Regional, Remote Law — Rewarding legal careers in rural, regional and remote Australia

Programs

A range of different programs can assist you if you’re a lawyer planning on making the transition to practising in RRR Australia.

National Programs

Regional Coordinators for the Recruitment and Retention of lawyers in Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Australia

In May 2010, the then Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon. Robert McClelland MP, announced $1.1 million in funding to boost the recruitment and retention of lawyers in RRR areas. The majority of this funding was provided to the National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc. for the engagement of regional coordinators to develop strategies to attract and retain lawyers in selected RRR areas, including support for services to coordinate recruitment and to provide mentoring and professional support to lawyers for all Commonwealth Government-funded Legal Assistance Programs. Regional coordinators have now been engaged in western New South Wales, the Northern Territory, South Australia and north/west Queensland.

The regional coordinators in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland have finished. The Western NSW regional coordinators are continuing their work and can be contacted through their details below.

The regional coordinators provide assistance and support in RRR areas through:

  • developing recruitment networks and strategies to recruit lawyers;
  • developing a pool of possible applicants;
  • assisting newly arrived lawyers to settle in;
  • providing local support (advice on housing, education, transport, contacts, support networks);
  • developing professional support and mentoring networks; and
  • providing regular forums, communication, one-on-one assistance and links with the private sector.

The regional coordinators are skilled in professional transition support and community development and the team includes three lawyers who have worked within publicly funded legal assistance programs and the private profession. Using their knowledge and variety of RRR experiences, they aim to develop processes to ensure regional lawyers get better support both professionally and personally.

Contact the regional coordinators

North/west Queensland
Victoria Laing-Short
07 4724 3666
vlaing-short@qifvls.com.au

Western New South Wales
Dubbo
Sharon Tomas
02 6885 7751
sharon_tomas@clc.net.au

Broken Hill
Linda Nadge
0418 858 076
linda@changeagentnb.com.au

National Support
Helen McGowan
0417 245 710
rrr.law.2012@gmail.com

New South Wales

Country Change

Country Change is a collection of communities or Local Government Areas (LGA’s) that are working together to promote the wonderful opportunities that you will gain by moving to the country.

More information is available online

South Australia

Rural Jobs Register

The Law Society of South Australia (LSSA), on behalf of its Country Practitioners Committee, maintains a rural jobs register that offers rural member firms an opportunity to list employment opportunities.

Legal practitioners interested in working in rural areas of South Australia can contact the LSSA to find out more about the program, and also about available positions.

The LSSA also maintain a register of rural member firms that are prepared to offer placements for students undertaking practical legal training with the Law Society or Flinders University.

For more information, please contact the Law Society of South Australia by phone on (08) 8229 0222, or via email on ruraljobs@lawsocietysa.asn.au

Victoria

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Mentoring Program

The LIV Mentoring Program links experienced legal practitioners with those seeking professional development, support or guidance.

This program provides an opportunity for practitioners to confidentially discuss practical legal and ethical issues with a LIV trained mentor.

The LIV Mentoring Program provides assistance by lawyers for lawyers and is available only to LIV members.

Western Australia

Country Lawyers Program

The Law Society of Western Australia (WA) has been a part of the WA-specific Country Lawyers Program since 2007, in partnership with Legal Aid WA, the Legal Practice Board of WA, Community Legal Centres, the Aboriginal Legal Service, Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and both State and Commonwealth Governments.

Lawyers participating in the program are provided with specialised legal training at Legal Aid WA, with a focus on the areas of family law and domestic violence, preparing them for placements at participating partner agencies in regional areas around WA.

More information is available at Legal Aid Western Australia.

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