Our People

Our strength is our people. The people we help, who are locked out the system, or locked within it, and the community of incredible people who help them. So who are we?

We have 56 paid staff working in Melbourne and Sydney at our offices, in courts, at outreach locations and in health settings.

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We proudly support flexible work arrangements with 45% of our staff working part-time. 88% of our staff and 100% of our senior leadership team are female.

We employ talented people with a passion for our work across our legal and non-legal positions. A list of our current staff can be found at justiceconnect.org.au/about-us/our-staff

Meet some of our staff talking about the topics they feel passionately about:

Financials

The audited financial result for the 2016/17 financial year is an operating surplus of $11,659 representing 0.2% of our annual income. The total surplus for the year including an unrealised gain on investments is $15,495. At 30 June 2017 we maintain healthy net assets and retained earnings of $1,091,936.

We have continued to diversify our funding sources and increase the number of funding partners seeing our income grow by 13% on 2015/16 to $6,143,906. In 2016/17 we received funding from local, state and federal governments, memberships, philanthropic trusts and foundations, corporates, fee for services we provided and fundraising events.

We also received a range of very generous in-kind support from our members which assist in making our work possible including secondment of staff, volunteer engagement and donation of resources and facilities.


Volunteers

Our volunteers are crucial to the operation of Justice Connect. We have professional volunteers as well as students from university law schools and law graduates in Melbourne and Sydney who are undertaking their practical legal training. We extend our thanks to all of the talented and committed volunteers who made such a difference to our effectiveness this year. We couldn’t do our work without them.


Pro bono lawyers

Our 10,000+ pro bono lawyers are at the heart of our work. We can’t thank them enough for their time, expertise and dedication to helping individuals and community organisations.



 
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Board

We are governed by an independent, skills based volunteer board whose commitment to the organisation is crucial to our success.

Our Directors for 2016/17 were:

Mitzi Gilligan (Chair), Principal and Founder, Hive Legal

Gordon Renouf (Deputy Chair), CEO, Good On You

Carmel Mulhern, Group General Counsel, Telstra

Geoffrey Rush, Partner, KPMG

Nicky Friedman, Head of Pro Bono & Community Programs, Allens

Simon Lewis, Head of Philanthropy, The Myer Family Company

Richard Wilson, Barrister, Victorian Bar

Alexandra Rose, Senior Manager, Group Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, IAG (retired 22 Nov 2016)

Our Finances

The audited financial result for the 2016/17 financial year is an operating surplus of $11,659 representing 0.2% of our annual income. The total surplus for the year including an unrealised gain on investments is $15,495. At 30 June 2017 we maintain healthy net assets and retained earnings of $1,091,936.

We have continued to diversify our funding sources and increase the number of funding partners seeing our income grow by 13% on 2015/16 to $6,143,906. In 2016/17 we received funding from local, state and federal governments, memberships, philanthropic trusts and foundations, corporates, fee for services we provided and fundraising events.

We also received a range of very generous in-kind support from our members which assist in making our work possible including secondment of staff, volunteer engagement and donation of resources and facilities.

Our Patrons

We were delighted to have the continued support of our inaugural patrons

 

Professor Gillian Triggs

“Justice Connect’s work to help vulnerable and marginalised people have access to justice is vital. For 25 years, Justice Connect has been advancing human rights and public interest law in Australia, and I am delighted to be involved in its work. Anyone who cares about social justice should consider supporting Justice Connect.”

Julian Burnside AO QC

“Justice Connect has been at the forefront of social justice and pro bono law in Australia for 25 years. I am proud to be associated with Justice Connect, and hope that others will join me by financially supporting their work. The lawyers at Justice Connect have often come out of private law firms, and could be earning large salaries in those firms now, but have instead chosen to dedicate their work to improving access to justice for people experiencing disadvantage.”

 
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