New app to help homeless get essential ID

Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, UnitingCare West Chair Peter Fitzpatrick and Street Law WA Chairperson Drew Broadfoot. Photo: Supplied.
Chief Justice Peter Quinlan, UnitingCare West Chair Peter Fitzpatrick and Street Law WA Chairperson Drew Broadfoot. Photo: Supplied.

A NEW app has been launched to help people experiencing homelessness get identification documents.

The app has been developed for Street Law Centre WA to help people apply for Centrelink, bank accounts, birth certificates and photo ID cards.

The Hon Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Peter Quinlan launched the ID App at Tranby Centre on Monday, joined by UnitingCare West chair Peter Fitzpatrick and Street Law chairperson Drew Broadfoot.

Mr Broadfoot said the app had been custom-developed to equip community workers to more effectively execute non-legal tasks.

“Community workers have long highlighted issues with getting ID for the people they assist, and this can severely delay their ability to progress with housing, employment, rehabilitation and driving,” Mr Broadfoot said.

“The ID App allows us to determine what identification a person needs and makes suggestions on how to get additional documents.”

The technology was developed by UWA Law School students through ‘Legal APPtitude’, a unit designed to help community organisations through technology, supported by Corrs Chambers Westgarth with technology support from Checkbox.