COVID-19 resources for the South Australian legal profession

Current Law Society employment and in person attendance arrangements 


After careful consideration (including consideration of WHS obligations, consultation with employees and risk assessment) a Covid-19 vaccination policy was implemented in the Society as at 5pm Friday 29 November 2021.   

 

The Society takes the work, health and safety of its staff seriously and has an obligation to ensure that all staff feel and are safe at work. The Society owes a similar duty of care to all who access the Society’s premises.

 

At present

·             all meetings and events (unless specifically approved by the Chief Executive) are being held by Zoom only 

·             any visitors will be asked to show evidence of full vaccination in order to enter the premises

·             room hire is not available.

 

These arrangements are being regularly reviewed.  Naturally we do not want to have these restrictions in place any longer than is necessary.

 

Society staff can be contacted for assistance and to answer queries via telephone and email, or meet via Zoom teleconference, as usual.

 

Contact email addresses for key services are

 

Ethics Enquiry Service 
Member Services
Litigation Assistance Fund
Law Claims
Murray Law Library



State Courts and Tribunals 

Courts Administration Authority Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

South Australian Employment Tribunal COVID-19 Information
South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal website

 

 
Commonwealth Courts and Tribunals 

Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia COVID-19 Information
Federal Court of Australia COVID-19 Information


South Australian Public Health Directions and Advice 

South Australian Government COVID-19 webpage
SA Health - Latest COVID-19 updates


Federal Government Advice 

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs Travel Restrictions 

Australian Government Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alerts

Australian Government COVID-19 Essential Information

The Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Information for workplaces page

 

National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Health Information Line - 1800 020 080


Practitioner Support resources 

LawCare and support groups
Ethics Enquiry Service
Wellbeing & Resilience Resources
Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion



Financial Support resources 

Australian Government information to support to small businesses
Australian Government information to support individuals and households


Department for Correctional Services visitor information  

Department for Correctional Services' important information for prison visitors webpage


LPEAC Remote Supervision of practitioners subject to Supervised Practice (Category C PC) during COVID-19 restrictions 

Please click here to review the Guide 
Please click here to download a suggested Remote Supervision Diary Template.
 
If you have further questions please contact the Ethics and Practice Unit via email ethicsandpractice@lawsocietysa.asn.au

 


Cyber Security 

It has been widely reported that cyber criminals have come up with new scams trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation, for example, by sending phishing/malware emails disguised as health updates and the like. Even though practitioners will have a myriad of things to do at the moment, it is no time to let your guard down with respect to cyber security, so all the usual warnings about checking and double checking before clicking on links etc still apply, with even more force at the moment.

In addition, with the expansion of remote working, it is important to recognise that the device you use remotely (phone, tablet or laptop) might not have the same security as your main office computer. Before you conduct work on such a device you must ensure that it (as well as your office network of course) is secure. It is also important to be aware that wireless networks present their own security issues (ie public networks are generally not secure) so only use secure wireless networks.