What is the Social Inclusion Program?
Legal Aid WA is committed to helping people find better ways to resolve their legal problems. At Legal Aid WA we have established a targeted program which aims to ensure greater access to justice, and provide legal assistance services to individuals and communities in a more holistic way.
In particular the program seeks to achieve the following:
- earlier resolution of legal problems for disadvantaged West Australians and whenever possible avoidance of the need for litigation
- more appropriate targeting of legal assistance services to people who experience, or are at risk of experiencing social exclusion
- provision of joined-up services, that is, increased collaboration and co-operation between legal assistance providers and other service providers, whilst avoiding duplication of services.
What civil law legal problems can I get help for?
Abandoned goods, debts, consumer and trader disputes, discrimination, elder financial abuse, guardianship and administration, housing problems, insurance disputes, mortgagee possession applications, motor vehicle contractual disputes, social security/Centrelink problems, unfair dismissal.
What assistance is provided by the Social Inclusion Program?
A lawyer in the Social Inclusion Program may be able to provide you with legal advice, minor assistance and advocacy (other than advocacy usually provided under a grant of legal aid), in a range of civil law matters. This may include negotiating a settlement of matters in dispute, but not usually extending to representation in a court.
Lawyers will also develop and deliver community legal education, legal information and provide appropriate referrals to government and non government agencies.
How do I contact the Social Inclusion Program?
Call the Legal Aid WA InfoLine on 1300 650 579 or contact Isabel Gonsalves, Program Coordinator.
Who is eligible for assistance by the Social Inclusion Program?
The main focus of the program is to assist clients who are vulnerable and at risk of social exclusion. For more information see the Social Inclusion pamphlet.
Last reviewed: 08/04/2016