Disaster Relief & Recovery Assistance

In 2009 hundreds of legal practitioners volunteered legal support and assistance through the Bushfire Legal Help Service to individuals, families and communities affected by the Victorian bushfires. A similar number provided assistance following the floods in Queensland floods in 2011.

The Law Society of South Australia is coordinating offers of legal assistance from individual practitioners and firms as part of its role in preparing a response to be followed in the event of a large scale disaster in this state.

This follows the preparation of a paper entitled Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning for the Legal Profession in Australia and the subsequent formation of a committee with representatives of the Society, the Legal Services Commission, the South Australian Attorney-General's Department, Justicenet and the Central Community Legal Service.

Members are encouraged to register their offer of legal assistance by clicking here.

For further information, please email disaster.planning@lawsocietysa.asn.au