Justice Connect is recognised for helping people and community organisations access legal support by designing and delivering high-impact interventions. Their work ensures people can access the right legal help at the right time, avoiding the negative impacts on their wellbeing or organisational health caused by legal problems.

Justice Connect helps those who would otherwise miss out on assistance, focussing on people disproportionately impacted by the law and the organisations that make our communities thrive.

Justice Connect CEO Chris Povey said bushfires and COVID-19 were going to have a big impact on legal need.

“Legal problems are life problems,” Mr Povey said.

“We know that they impact our health, our housing, our family relationships and our financial stability. We’re seeing demand at levels we’ve never seen before, and we know that legal need is only growing.”

As a result of COVID-19, Justice Connect had to quickly enhance their capacity to deliver effective legal help online. Their Justice Connect Answers online platform now connects people with lawyers who can provide pro bono legal advice online. They are also working to expand their Not-For-Profit Law program online to provide legal help for Australia’s 600,000 not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Povey said the prize money will help them reach communities that haven’t been able to receive assistance from Justice Connect before.

“We’ve got an amazing set of free online tools and services. We’re actually helping hundreds of thousands of people and this prize will help us connect with the communities that need our help the most.”


The Hesta Awards

Eight organisations and teams recognised across disability services, allied health, aged care and community services in a virtual celebration of excellence.

The national Awards, which launched this year, recognise the dedicated professionals working across the four sectors who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey congratulated the winners, who she said have set a new standard of care in what has been a turbulent, difficult year.

“From battling COVID-19 and bushfires to launching new services and partnering effectively across sectors, every single winner has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in caring for and supporting their communities,” Ms Blakey said.

“The positive and lasting impact they have had on the lives of so many Australians is an inspiration to us all. HESTA is extremely proud and humbled to help shine a light on their important work as well as showcase the breadth of achievements taking place across health and community services.”

Winners were announced in the categories of Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence, each taking home $7500, generously donated by HESTA Awards sponsor ME – the bank for you, to be used for further education, or service or product development.

ME Bank Acting CEO Adam Crane said the bank was proud to have supported the HESTA Awards since 2007.

“The team at ME Bank have been blown away by the stories of courage and caring and team spirit of each of these winners,” Mr Crane said.

“Healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic, and we are incredibly proud to support these winners on behalf of the entire healthcare workforces they represent.”