Since August, UQ law students Ashley Chandler and Arthur Dowdle have undertaken one day per week pro bono legal assistance at WWQ. Ashley and Arthur both work alongside industrial and discrimination specialists to develop and provide information and to support equitable and fair outcomes for women in their employment. In thanking the Centre for sourcing student volunteers, WWQ Director Kerriann Dear said, “UQ law students Ashley and Arthur were a highly professional and energetic addition to our team.”
For 22 years, WWQ has received funding from the Fair Work Ombudsman and Queensland Office of Industrial Relations to advise vulnerable women about their rights at work and to assist them to remain in employment and reduce the risk of poverty, reliance on welfare or financial hardship. In December, WWQ was advised by the federal government that it will no longer fund the work of WWQ from 2017.