A 50-year-old refugee from Ethiopia arrived with limited English ability. When he was new to Australia, he was charged with common assault. He hadn’t understood what was culturally and legally acceptable in Australia. He pleaded guilty. Five years later, he had completed training to become a disability support worker to help people with mental and physical disabilities. But when he applied for his Blue Card, it was rejected because of the assault charge.
He came to LawRight's Self Representation Service and we helped him apply to QCAT to review the Blue Card decision, and to prepare his story to explain the events of his past.
They then connected him with pro bono lawyers at Ashurst and barrister Angela Rae to attend the compulsory conference and then the hearing. The decision was overturned and the client got his Blue Card. Thanks to the help from LawRight, he can now earn a living and look after his family.