New legal support has been launched by the Federal Government to help non-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations.
LawHelp, launched today (22 November) by Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin, will give corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act access to pro bono legal advice from law firms across Australia.
"Advice provided through LawHelp will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with contract negotiations, intellectual property arrangements, property management, tax issues and employment management," McClelland said.
"I congratulate all the LawHelp partners who will provide their time and expertise free of charge and I acknowledge the increasingly important role of the legal profession in undertaking pro bono work."
Eligible corporations include medical services, native title bodies, community stores, art centres, media organisations and those delivering key environmental health, municipal and remote services.
Legal advice will be provided by a number of law practitioners including the Australian Government Solicitor, Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, Blake Dawson, Williams Love & Nicol Lawyers and Peter Tree SC from Tasmanian-based Derwent and Tamar Chambers.