Become a management committee member
We welcome applications from people who are interested in becoming a mangement committee member of QAI.
We encourage you to consider becoming a member of our Management Committee if you:
- Can participate in monthly evening meetings
- Have an interest in disability and/or human rights issues
New management committee members are elected at our Annual General Meeting usually in October each year. To be nominated, you must be a current member of QAI. Nominations must be signed by two other members.
We require a majority of our board to be people with disability.
For more information, please contact QAI’s director on 07 3844 4200.
We are always on the look out for solicitors, barristers, psychiatrists or psychologists who are willing to donate their expertise on a pro bono basis.
We use our professional volunteers to:
- staff our Telephone Legal Advice Service;
- appear before the Mental Health Court or in complex Mental Health Review Tribunal or Queensland Civil and Adminsitrative Tribunal hearings;
- prepare resources for use by other legal practitioners or the public, like our Queensland Handbook for Practitioners on Legal Capacity;
- prepare advice on complex or novel issues;
- prepare expert reports.
Please contact 07 3844 4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting QAI’s work.
Students wishing to volunteer independently should first contact QAI on 07 3844 4200 or email@example.com to see if we currently have volunteering vacancies. It assists if applicants could attach a current CV and a short covering email as to why they are interested in volunteering with QAI. Applicants will be required to attend a short interview, either by telephone or in person, before a position is offered.
The best time to seek volunteering opportunities is 2-4 weeks before the start of university semester, so that new volunteers can be inducted at the same time as clinic students.
Another good time is towards the end of semester, when our clinic students are finishing and we are looking for extra support from volunteer students.
Students are involved in tasks ranging from legal research and drafting, to preparation of counsel briefs, photocopying, and other administrative tasks. It provides students with the opportunity to be exposed to a legal office environment.
Due to the training involved, students are expected to commit to at least 10 full days. This can be spread over 10 weeks, or over a shorter period by negotiation.
QAI is very grateful for the commitment of student volunteers who generously donate their time and enable QAI to maximise their output.
Practical legal training
From time to time, QAI is in a position to take on students who need to complete their practical legal training (PLT) in order to become a qualified solicitor.
PLT students support the work of the lawyers at QAI. This may include:
- client contact, including intake and information gathering;
- drafting correspondence and court documents;
- preparing and managing case files;
- legal research;
- attendance at tribunal hearings.
Please contact QAI on 07 3844 4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we have capacity to consider your application. We will then ask you to submit your CV together with a covering letter outlining:
- How many hours/days your placement requires;
- Why you particularly want to do your placement with Queensland Advocacy Inc;
- What you hope to achieve during your placement.