Services

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Fortnightly Clinics

We offer fortnightly one-on-one advice sessions at the Hobart Community Legal Centre for people of refugee background, humanitarian entrants and people seeking asylum with questions regarding their migration and visa status.

These one-on-one advice sessions provide the opportunity to sit down with one of our volunteer lawyers or migration agents and have a confidential discussion with us about how we may be able to assist you.

Our advice sessions are run on a fortnightly basis. Appointments for our sessions are necessary, and can be arranged through Red Cross Tasmania, CatholicCare Tasmania and Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC). If you have a contact at one of these services, please ask them about arranging a time to receive some advice from the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service. If you have not yet made contact with Red Cross, CatholicCare or MRC, we strongly recommend you do so as these oragnisations can act as a first point of call for providing support to refugees in Tasmania. Their contact details are as follows:

Casework Service

We now also operate a part-time casework service. This service operates out of the West Moonah Community House at 130 Springfield Ave, West Moonah TAS 7009. Our current employees are:

Tui Savu
Principle Lawyer / Migration Agent

Tui is originally from Fiji and married to Helen of Devonport, Tasmania and they have 4 children. Tui’s been practicing law for over 25 years, across the Australian Continent, Fiji and the Solomon Islands with RAMSI, as Défense Counsel attached to the Public Solicitors Office in Honiara. Tui comes with extensive legal experience and knowledge, having worked both in the private and not-for -profit sectors, covering a wide range of legal disciplines, so he’s able to provide clients with a holistic approach to their legal problems. Tui also has extensive court experience as a Barrister, having conducted District Court Jury Trials and Appeals before Court of Appeals,  so he’s more than capable of representing clients before the AAT and Federal Circuit Court, as and when required. Tui also has a Masters degree in Dispute Resolution and is very experienced in mediation and negotiation and always striving for win-win outcomes.

Donna Woodleigh
Lawyer / Migration Agent

Donna is a lawyer who has been working at the Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service since June 2018.  She has previous experience in State Government, and in the not-for-profit sector as both a lawyer and mediator.

Donna enjoys working with the migrant community and is pleased to return to her heart space of working in the not-for-profit sector. She is a passionate Tasmanian who cares deeply about human rights and social justice issues.  Donna also has an Honours degree on the topic of Australia’s commitment to international human rights law.

Donna has undertaken study and vocational exchanges overseas to support her commitment to global citizenship. Donna also volunteers for Red Cross, the Hobart Human Library, the local school community and is an active mum of four. 

 

You can book an appointment with one of the three agencies listed above, or by e-mailing referrals@rlstas.com or filling in the application form.

Tui Savu and Donna Woodleigh at the TRLS 5 Year Anniversary Celebration
held in December 2018