Law Week 2016 Justice Journeys

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Student experiences

More than 100 students applied to participate in the 2016 Law Week job shadowing program. Forty-six were placed in a variety of roles across the justice sector. They shared their Justice Journeys with us in a range of creative formats including images, video and written content.


Year 12 student Natalia spent the day immersed in the Brisbane Murri Court.


Kathryn spent a week with the Victim Assist Queensland office at the Ipswich Courthouse.


Carman spent the day with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation learning about electronic gaming machines.


Jasmine spent the day at Beenleigh Probation and Parole Office and the Beenleigh Courthouse.


Kam spent the day with the Senior Investigations Officer at the Office of Fair Trading.


Sophie spent the day job shadowing the Police Liaison Officer at the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Caitlin and Sippy

Caitlin and Sippy spent the day shadowing a Senior Case manager at the Southport Probation and Parole Office.

Peter and Joshua

Peter and Joshua’s year-long Justice Journey has them job shadowing a Magistrate in Cairns.


Peter is in his first year at Queensland University of Technology. He spent a day at the Supreme Court Library Queensland.


First year QUT law student Rose was fully immersed in prosecutions and sentences during her Justice Journey.


JCU students Rhonda and Sam visited the Townsville Probation and Parole Office and Townsville Magistrates Court as part of their Justice Journey.


Mariana spent her justice journey with the Dispute Resolution Branch in Brisbane.


Kali spent an insightful day at the QEII Courts of Law


Georgia spent three days with several District Court Associates


Micah reaffirmed his desire to pursue a career in policy after a day with the Youth Justice policy team.


Emma spent time with the Dispute Resolution Branch’s Child Protection Conferencing Unit in May.


Monica spent a day with the Office of Fair Trading and witnessed a hearing at the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.


Ebiny spent a day at the Townsville Courthouse, going behind-the-scenes of the Magistrates Court.

Peter and Quinnie

Peter and Quinnie spent their day at the Roma Courthouse.


Reanna went beyond the bright lights of a casino with the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation.


Jessica spent the day at the Brisbane Central Probation and Parole Office with four other students.


Megan spent a day at the DRB with South Queensland Dispute Resolution Centre Coordinator, Jessica Zivec.


Madison spent the day with the Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General


Princess, a second year law student at Griffith University believes the best way to broaden her understanding of the justice system is to become immersed in it.


Ofaira spent two days with the Chief Inspector of Prisons and visiting the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre.


Murray spent the day with Chief Justice Catherine Holmes.


Danielle spent a day at the specialist Southport Domestic and Family Violence Court.


Meagan spent a day with the Attorney-General, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at the Queensland Justice system.


Georgia spent a week attending a Mediation Skills Level 1 course.


Priyata spent a day with the Public Trustee.

Staff profiles

No day is the same for our staff who participated in the 2016 Justice Journey’s program. Gain an insight into their role and responsibilities within the justice and legal sector and read about their experiences.

Michael Macfarlane

He’s the boss of a high security prison in regional north Queensland and the first Indigenous person to run a correctional centre in Queensland.

Matt and Marina

Marina and Matt share insights of their work as trainers at the QCS Academy at Wacol.


Nola shares her perspective on her rather unique job in the Queensland Corrective Services in the Princess Alexandra Hospital Secure Unit in Brisbane.

QPS bomb squad

The Explosive Ordnance Response Team (EORT) are the team that explode on to the scene just like the devices they are trained to neutralise.

Damien Llambi

Damien’s varied life experiences contribute to enriching work alongside young people, in a program that is achieving great success.

Product Safety Team

The Office of Fair Trading’s Product Safety team are on the front line of safety in Queensland.

Shayna Smith

Find out how Shayna’s passion for human rights has lead her to her current role as Acting Deputy Public Guardian.

Kathryn Williams

The Public Trustee turns 100 years old this year and lawyers have played an important role in this statutory body since the office’s inception.

Toby Davidson

Toby Davidson is one of Legal Aid Queensland’s lawyers who field the hundreds of calls received everyday from people seeking legal advice – and no two days are the same.

Joshua Stephen

Thursday Island Probation Services Officer, Joshua Stephen, is very passionate about his experiences in the Torres Strait.

Robert Brown

Robert’s Justice Journey has been all about helping others develop their own career journeys.

Kristie Doyle

Kristie is the Principal Lawyer in Legal Aid Queensland’s Mackay office where she manages a team of lawyers and support staff who give legal help to people in the Mackay region.

Rino Randazzo

Rino decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Welfare Studies. This marked the beginning of Rino’s justice journey.

Aleisha Reader

Aleisha is passionate about the right of everyone to enjoy safe and loving family environments. Currently she is working on the implementation of recommendations made by the Bryce Taskforce Report into Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland.

Sergeant Lesley Walker

Take a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of a forensics officer.

Office of the Public Guardian

While they work in very different roles, Tara and Melissa both protect the rights and interests of some of Queensland’s most vulnerable people.

A day in the life of a Tactical Flight Officer

Protecting from the air. Find out what a day-in-the-life of a Tactical Flight Officer is like.

Terry Ryan

Terry Ryan’s fascinating professional journey to become state coroner in 2013 spans more than 32 years. It all started with a degree in social work from the University of Queensland in 1983.

Magistrate Sarra

Magistrate Zachary Sarra has had quite a journey, not just throughout the justice sector.

Ron Jarvis

At 15 years old, Ron answered an advertisement for a book binding apprenticeship. For over 4½ decades he’s been preserving Queensland’s history in the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Clem Webb

On any given day, our Probation and Parole Service is responsible for supervising approximately 18,000 adult offenders in the community. Read about how Clem makes a difference on the job every single day.

QCS dog squad

Find out what it takes to become a Dog Squad handler with Queensland Corrections