At MinterEllison we are proud of our commitment to the community. Through our community work we build community partnerships to drive social change.
Staying connected and having a positive social impact reflects our values as people and as a firm, with everyone across our diverse workforce having a role to play.
Our ongoing focus is to seek to maximise engagement with our people, our clients and our community partners to enhance our social impact.
We believe passionately in the power of education to change lives and create opportunity and our commitment to long-term community partnerships in the education sector has contributed to collective impact.
For more than a decade we have developed enduring community partnerships with high-needs schools. As a founding member of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) we have invested the skills, time and commitment of our diverse workforce to improve educational outcomes and career possibilities for aspiring students.
We approach the challenge of improving access to justice in a spirit of collaboration. We work in close partnership with coordinating bodies, including JusticeConnect, PIAC, LawRight and state-based Law Societies, to ensure that our skilled volunteering meets the most critical legal needs.
As lawyers, we know that legal advice and representation can achieve major change – especially for people who may otherwise lack access to advice or representation.
Outreach legal clinics are our most effective form of intervention. Across Australia, we have a proud record of working in partnership with coordinating bodies and service providers, targeting our pro bono legal work towards marginalised citizens. We intervene where Legal Aid is unavailable but where advice and representation can still make a vital difference.
We place special emphasis on the legal needs of homeless people and have provided outreach legal services for homeless clients in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney for more than a decade. Each of these services is conducted in collaboration with social services agencies and coordinating bodies in each jurisdiction.
Our work operates at two levels: we provide direct advice and representation for homeless clients; and, importantly, our casework has also contributed to law reform to reduce the burden of legal issues on people experiencing homelessness and other forms of disadvantage.
Innovation drives our investment in the not-for-profit sector. We seek to invest in organisations and projects designed to improve the lives of people and to build stronger communities.
In Australia and beyond, the community sector (including charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises) is innovating and adapting at a rapid pace. We are proud to work alongside change-makers in the community sector to enhance their work with advice and support that makes their vision a practical reality.