Independent Not-For-Profit Legal Services

There are a number of not-for-profit legal organisations across Australia that specialise in a range of social justice issues. Some examples are:

  • National Justice Project The National Justice Project undertakes strategic litigation, advocacy and communication to advance social justice and human rights. Their legal work includes discrimination, detention, inquests and inquiries, and government and police accountability. Focus groups include children, refugees, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Australian Lawyers for Human Rights is an association of legal professionals active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights standards in Australia.
  • Diplomacy Training Program – The Diplomacy Training Program is an independent NGO committed to advancing human rights and empowering civil society in the Asia Pacific region through education and training, and the building of skills and capacity in NGOs and for individual human rights defenders and community advocates.
  • Cancer Council – The Cancer Council Pro Bono Program is a national program through which people affected by cancer are connected with professionals who volunteer their time to provide legal, financial, small business and workplace advice to clients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for that advice. It welcomes support from in-house lawyers, particularly lawyers with expertise in employment, insurance and estate planning matters.