Barrister, Solicitor and Migration Consultant
(Migration Agent No. 0210877)
Workplace Assessor & Trainer
Sulaika Dhanapala was admitted into practice in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 1985. In 2001 Sulaika was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and has been practising as a solicitor in Australia ever since.
Sulaika has also been a law lecturer at University of Ballarat and Victoria University and the Principal Solicitor at the Central Highlands Legal Centre and the Whittlesea Community Legal Centre.
In 1997 Sulaika played a leading role in establishing NESB LINKS, a community organisation which creates an atmosphere of belonging for Ballarat’s migrant community.
She has also played a vital role in the establishment of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council since 1999, raising community awareness to the issues which face migrants.
All her voluntary work has seen her recognised as an integral part of the Ballarat community and as a result has been awarded the following prestigious awards.
2001 – Rural Women’s Leadership Award by the Department of Women’s Affairs
2005 – Award for Service Delivery to Multicultural Community (Community Service), by the Victoria Multicultural Commission
2008 – Award for Service Delivery to Multicultural Community (Community Service), by the Victoria Multicultural Commission
Sulaika was also one of the short listed nominees for the Human Rights Award in 2005 for her services to the refugees.
SULAIKA HAS ALSO HELD THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:
Founder & Chairperson
– NESB Links – 1998 – 2002, 2006 – to date
– Ballarat Regional multicultural Council – 2002 – 2005
– The Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition – 2007-2008
– Ballarat Refugee Support Service Network – 2005 – 2010