Andrew Bird LLB (Hons) – Since completing a Bachelor of Laws at QUT in 2006, Andrew worked for 5 years at the Australian Taxation Office. At the Tax Office, Andrew completed a Certificate IV in Project Management and primarily worked in the area responsible for supporting compliance officers in the Superannuation Self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) environment. In 2012, Andrew left the Tax Office to further his legal career. That year he completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law and was admitted as a lawyer in Queensland in March 2013, after gaining work experience at Whitsunday Law. On 18 April 2013, Access Point Law (this website) was deployed to the public. A year later, Andrew released another business website with an ebook publishing capability. This website is called Safe Sailing(.com.au). In June 2014, Andrew appeared at the Australian Productivity Commission’s public hearing on Access to Justice. 2015 saw the release of two new media platforms – the ‘APL-SS Bulletin’ and the ‘Global Law Program’.
Inspiration for Access Point Law
Andrew is a firm believer in empowerment through education. It is Andrew’s belief that society would benefit significantly from the concept of free legal education. The more people know, the more they are likely to be productive and contribute to the economy. In addition, the more people know of their own laws, the more likely they will provide constructive feedback to the government. The laws of the people will then benefit the public at large and not just those in power and we will enter into a new age of legal enlightenment.
The inspiration for this outcome was formed at university. Andrew was annoyed that there were so many laws that applied to the public at large that the public had no knowledge of and were not educated on, unless they decided to become a lawyer. There is an inherent injustice in this state of affairs. Access Point Law attempts to remedy this situation by providing an easy access point platform for the law and through grouping the law together, which is in effect a codification of the law.
We have entered into a digital age. People want information straight away. Andrew would like to use Access Point Law to facilitate this outcome. By enabling this outcome, it is likely that legal system will improve. Laws need to be presented in a way that gives everyone in society quick and reliable answers to the problems they are presented with.