Understanding your legal rights is a very important part of protecting yourself, especially during COVID-19. The My Legal Mate App offers international students in NSW instant access to confidential and free legal information, and answers to commonly asked questions about the law in Australia.
My Legal Mate addresses four legal areas identified by international students and service providers as having the most need – employment, housing, disputes with education providers and sexual assault. The information is delivered in an interactive, video-based, face-to-face question & answer format that is friendly and easy to use.
My Legal Mate is available to international students in English and six other community languages including Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese, Thai, and Vietnamese. It provides international students with avenues to address urgent legal problems like underpayment at work, accommodation issues and sexual assault.
Brief interactive quizzes ask students to define their legal problem through a series of yes/no answers. This creates personalised pathways that step students through legal and non-legal remedies using accessible language and links to resources, accompanied by talking-head video delivered by community language speakers.
My Legal Mate was launched in 2019, with the support of Study NSW, City of Sydney and the Fair Work Ombudsman. My Legal Mate was created by Redfern Legal Centre and is delivered on the Practera technology software platform.
- Current international students enrolled to study and residing in NSW
- International students who have recently graduated from a NSW education provider
- Current holders of subclass 500, 408 and 485 visas