Senior Solicitor, Women's Homelessness Prevention Service
Tara has been a Solicitor with the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) since January 2021 and a Senior Solicitor since July 2022.
Tara conducts regular legal outreach and provides legal advice, representation and casework assistance to clients who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in a variety of everyday civil law matters such as tenancy, housing, credit & debt, victims compensation, guardianship, employment, social security, fines, police complaints and consumer matters. Tara also assists the Managing Solicitor with the training, supervision and management of HPLS’ Pro Bono practice.
Before coming to PIAC, she worked in refugee law for five years, including as a Solicitor and Senior Solicitor for the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), and as an Expert on Mission for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Canberra, through the ICMC Resettlement Deployment Scheme. She has provided legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers Australia-wide and in Australia’s offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
Tara has a Masters degree in Human Rights Law and Policy from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology Sydney (including one year of exchange in Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), and a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of Sydney.