Queenslanders battling extreme weather can now access free legal advice
Queensland has been ravaged by extreme weather events this summer, with two ex-Tropical Cyclones – Jasper and Kirrily – devastating the region back-to-back in a short space of time.
Many families in the state are still dealing with the aftermath of flooding, requiring much needed assistance to get back on their feet. Targeted financial relief and community support initiatives have kicked into gear and both, the public and the private sector, have stepped up in this time of need.
The State Government has announced that impacted Queenslanders will now be able to receive free legal advice, as well as some other emergency support services such as availing replacement birth and marriage certificates.
A dedicated disaster helpline has been set up by Legal Aid Queensland to assist and provide advice to those who may need it, as the community recovers from severe natural disaster events.
Relevant resources and factsheets will be made available in order to help with the process of filing insurance claims for affected parties.
A number of other services will also be available free of charge for impacted Queenslanders for a limited period of time. Some of these services include getting replacement Blue or exemption cards if they’ve been lost or damaged, replacement OFT licences, ID cards, other certificates and copies of rules for not-for-profit groups.
“For many people, their lives and livelihoods have been completely disrupted by these natural disasters,” said Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Yvette D’Ath.
“Not only are prized personal possessions lost or destroyed, so too are many documents and records.
“Through access to free legal help and practical support with certificates, registrations, blue cards and business licences, we hope to make life easier for people during a very difficult time,” said Minister D’Ath.