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 Safe Sailing
Andrew is a firm believer in empowerment through freedom of speech/expression. It is Andrew’s belief that society would benefit significantly from the concept of a cheap and affordable ebook publishing service. People feel valued and successful when they are able to publish their own writing.
The inspiration for this outcome was formed in mid 2012 in New Zealand. Andrew developed the idea that his frirend’s stories should be published. After collating these stories over a period of three months, the sample was submitted to a number of traditional Australian publishers. Suffice to say that the sample was rejected. Instead of giving up or supporting a non-Australian book industry, Andrew decided to create his own ebook publishing business and to innovate in this space.
Andrew would like to see Access Point Law and Safe Sailing(.com.au) work together and integrate further. A free legal education resource coupled with an affordable publishing service provides a unique resource for the public. It is one where public learning is expanded and freedom of speech is facilitated.