Kimberley Community Legal Service Hotdesk

The Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) is an independent, not-for-profit legal service with offices in Kununurra and Broome. They provide free legal, financial counselling and tenancy services to financially disadvantaged people in the Kimberley. A KCLS- ANU partnership was formed in 2017. Law students from the ANU College of Law began voluntarily staffing a Canberra-based hotdesk to assist KCLS lawyers. This became known as the KCLS-ANU Hotdesk.

How it Works

Law students from The Australian National University (ANU) are voluntarily staffing a Canberra-based hot desk to help Kimberley Community Legal Service (KCLS) lawyers assist people with legal issues in the Kimberley region over 5,000 kilometres away.

 The KCLS has offices in Kununurra and Broome, 1,000 kilometres apart, and its seven full-time lawyers are swamped with requests that far outstrip their capacity to respond.

The initiative is part of the ANU College of Law’s extra-curricular Law Reform and Social Justice Program, where students examine areas of law and work to try to improve them.

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Placement Opportunities
Law students Skype with Kimberley solicitors at the hotdesk

“Around 95 percent of clients of the Kimberley Community Legal Service are Aboriginal people struggling with very complex legal matters which can have profound negative impacts on their lives,” said Judy Harrison, Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law.

This project aims to help Kimberley Community Legal Service increase civil law legal help in the Kimberley of Western Australia.  The initiatives include the KCLS Hotdesk in Canberra, staffed by ANU law student volunteers.

Getting Involved

Kimberley Aboriginal Justice Internship

Kimberley-based Internships give students an opportunity to work as a full time paralegal for the KCLS in Broome or Kununurra. The minimum internship involves 30 working days (6 weeks). Applications will not be accepted for a period less than 20 working days (4 weeks). Experience as a paralegal in the Kimberley will provide a foundation for students to complete an in-depth research paper on a topic of importance to the KCLS. Read more

KCLS Updates

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Useful Links

Link to KCLS ANU Partnership Page

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