Disability Support Program
Carter Newell’s Disability Support Program has been running for more than 12 years and provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities, ranging from mild impairments to physical restrictions. Run with the assistance of the Job Placement network, currently seven full and part-time employees undertake the vital role of supporting the legal team in an administrative capability, ensuring that filing is up-to-date and accurate.
The firm was winner of the Disability Employment Award at the AHRI Diversity Awards in 2012.
Workplace Giving Program
Carter Newell prides itself on being a community minded organisation, actively encouraging staff participation in various charitable events through the year as part of our Workplace Giving Program.
Not only do we raise much needed funds for our charities through in-house events such as our annual bake off, now in its 13th year, hot-dog day, and various charity-led fund-raisers, staff also donate their time and resources, and assist in other areas as required.
In supporting a national, state and local charity, Carter Newell raises awareness through the firm and provides staff with a sense of pride and achievement in helping others less fortunate.
MINDS COUNT Foundation
Carter Newell is proud to adopt the MINDS COUNT Foundation best practice guidelines for psychological wellbeing within the legal profession.
The MINDS COUNT Foundation's objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace psychological health and safety.
The guidelines promote psychologically healthy legal workplaces with an aim to assist legal organisations to create workplaces that fulfil each of the Psychosocial Factors, identified by extensive research as critical to psychological health, including:
- organisational culture
- psychological and social support
- clear leadership and expectations
- civility and respect
- psychological competencies and requirements
- growth and development
- recognition and reward
- good involvement and influence by staff
- workload management
- psychological protection
- protection of physical safety
Since the Foundation’s inception in August 2008, the organisation has strived to create greater awareness of depression and anxiety amongst the legal fraternity. The Foundation aims to raise awareness, improve education and build effective models of support which focus on mental health wellbeing within the legal education system and the legal profession.