Staff Profile: Nhirushni Somasundaram, community lawyer

I am community lawyer at SSRV and my area of work focuses on assisting individuals who are victims of family violence as well as those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic navigate our complex social security system. 

I am very passionate about ensuring that all individuals receive an adequate income through which they can enjoy a decent standard of living, irrespective of any vulnerability or disadvantage they face.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ensuring that we have a more accessible social security system in order to create a fair and just society. Through my work at SSRV, I have been able to assist the most vulnerable members of our community and empower them to understand their rights to social security payments. 

I have also had the privilege to contribute to the development of students entering the legal profession by being involved in the Social Security Advocacy Clinic in partnership with Monash University.

Although I grew up in Melbourne, I am extremely thankful to my parents who made the difficult decision to give up their life in Sri Lanka and move to Australia in order to give my siblings and I a life that was not marred by a civil war.  

Outside of work, I am passionate about giving back to the community and enjoy volunteering at events such as the Good Friday Appeal. I am also an avid runner, having completed two half-marathons. When I am not running, I love spending time with my furry friend, Ella, who constantly demands treats in return for spending time with me.

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