Director of the Family Law Division, Legal Aid WA
Julie is the Director of the Family Law Division of Legal Aid WA (LAWA) and a member of the National Legal Aid (NLA) Family Law Working group. She has a Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice (UWA, Social Work) and completed a Churchill Fellowship (2010) on integrated family law and child protection courts in overseas jurisdictions titled “Is a Unified Family Court the key to improving services in the family law system for children and their families? Julie also presented her paper Wisdom from the West? at the National Family Law Conference (2014) on the development of integrated family law and child protection services in Western Australia and the potential integration of court processes, that would also provide an evidence base to inform the development, direction and implementation of reforms in other States and Territories.
Julie was the Chair of the WA Family Law Pathways Network (2012/2014) and is a current member of the Steering Committee. She was WA Woman Lawyer of the Year (2009), is an Independent Children’s Lawyer, Child Representative and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. She was the Legal Aid WA leader of the Signs of Safety Child Protection Mediation program developed in partnership with the Department of Communities (now Child Protection: Mediation Style Conferences), a member of the Steering Committee (pre-birth and child protection mediation style conferences) and a conference convenor in the program. Julie is a member of the Family Court of WA working groups that developed and monitor the protocols that have been in relation to information sharing in relation to child welfare issues with the Department of Communities and family violence issues with the Magistrates Courts and Police. She is also a member of the Interagency Reference group for Western Australia’s 10 Year Strategy for Reducing Family and Domestic Violence.
Julie has a special interest in developing and implementing strategies to enhance court processes, information sharing and collaboration in child protection, family law and family violence matters to improve outcomes for children and their families.
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