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1. The Blurred Borders Project
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid WA
Contact Person: Jane Stewart
Jurisdiction: WA NT
Date Added: 14-12-2018

Many culturally connected Aboriginal communities span the Northern Territory/Western Australia border. Different laws apply on each side of the border, which can create confusion about the law for local Aboriginal people. The aim of Blurred Borders is to produce resource kits for legal and community service providers working with Aboriginal people in the NT/WA cross-border region. The resource kits use visual art and storytelling to help explain, in a culturally accessible way, the key legal concepts around bail and the criminal process, and family violence. These resources are also helpful for non-Aboriginal people and have been used with CALD individuals and those with cognitive impairments.

2. Age Stage Radio
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 22-12-2016

Segment on RPP FM program dealing with legal issues for older people. Topics included: legal need, wills, powers of attorney, elder abuse, neighbour disputes, consumer issues, driving and accidents.

3. Cycle of Violence - Family Violence Resource Kit
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: David Suttle
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 21-12-2016

This resource kit aims to improve Yolŋu understanding of the dynamics of family violence using a unique metaphor developed in partnership with Yolŋu – traditional knowledge about the cycle of the seasons. The resources encourage people to reflect on what action they can take to keep their children and families safe. They will be of benefit to Yolŋu workers and services more broadly when they are working with Yolŋu. The CD contains a series of radio plays describing each phase of the cycle of violence. The poster is a large laminated A1 size perfect for group settings and provides a visual representation of this, with icons of people, fauna, flora and atmospheric phenomenon according to the Yolngu cycle of season...

4. Fines on the Radio
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 30-06-2016

Three radio interviews (two on ABC Radio Melbourne and one on 3CR Done by Law Program), regarding fines in Victoria, particularly for toll fines, how they escalate and the serious legal consequences.

5. Rights on Show 2016
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 01-04-2016

Darwin Community Legal Service's 22nd human rights art award and exhibition will be held at the Darwin Supreme Court.

6. Sisters in Law radio program
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Women's Legal Service (CAWLS)
Contact Person: Lauren Macaulay
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 05-08-2015

Sisters in Law is a weekly, half hour radio program on local Alice Springs radio station 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm. The program explores different legal issues affecting women and provides practical information about how the law works and what assistance is available.

7. Learning the law
CLC/Agency: Victoria Legal Aid
Contact Person: Madeline Ryan
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 05-06-2015

'Learning the law' is an online suite of teaching tools for secondary specialist school teachers. It is suitable for students with a mild intellectual disability in years 8 to 12. Teachers in mainstream schools who want simplified materials on these topics may also find Learning the law useful.

'Learning the law' covers two topics:

  • Fines; and 
  • Driving. 

Each topic includes a short video, interactive online activities and a teachers' resource. Victoria Legal Aid can provide free professional development to special school teachers on this resource and the legal topics it covers.

8. Talking Justice 2015
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe CLC
Contact Person: Anna Howard
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 18-05-2015

In 2014 Loddon Campaspe CLC held a series of public lectures around issues of justice.

Our speakers came from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. More than 240 people bought tickets to our inaugural event. In 2015 we repeated the event but rescheduled it to coincide with Law Week. More than 370 people attended four sessions held over two days.

Speakers included the Hon. Howard Nathan, Helen Szoke, Professor Mick Dodson AM, Tim Wilson, Lydia Shelly, Rob Stary, Ken Marchingo, Warwick Smith, Eva Cox, Ange Barry, Louise Staley MP and Dr Alessandro Demaio.

Videos will be available shortly.

9. Know Your Rights
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
Contact Person: Vicki Gillick
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 13-05-2015

Immersive legal education project based on 6 sessions of CLE with CAALAS STAFF. Participants are involved in scripting and performing a hip hop music video based on key legal messages discussed. See the YouTube link for the music video.

10. Law Music videos
CLC/Agency: Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)
Contact Person: Robert Lachowicz
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 20-04-2015

Four music clips have been produced from original songs on a legal information CD called Folk Law.

  • ‘Storms’ is a 4-minute animated pop folk song about family violence. It shows in vivid imagery what defines family violence and support services available. 
  • ‘All Together’ is a funk-rap music clip about the history of law in Australia. 
  • ‘Making Law’ is a reggae song about the government system and how law is made and changed.
  • ‘Beat the Rap’ is a rap about our rights and responsibilities with police and courts.
11. Folk Law CD and Songbook
CLC/Agency: Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)
Contact Person: Robert Lachowicz
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 20-04-2015

The CD contains 18 original songs about common legal problems; shopping, renting, credit, buying cars, driving, bulling, police, courts, family violence, work rights, dispute resolution and discrimination. The history of law, democracy, human rights and citizenship are also covered.

The Songbook contains song lyrics and chords for ukulele and guitar plus key information about the law and basic music theory. The songs cover a range popular music styles – reggae, rap, rock, folk, funk, soul, ska, cha cha cha, blues, country, calypso, klezmer, gospel and jazz. The songs can also be read as poems or rapped.

Four music clips have been made.

12. Ask Nola Webinar series
CLC/Agency: North Queensland Women's Legal Service
Contact Person: Sharell O'Brien
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 19-12-2014

Webinars on Ask Nola (a project of NQWLS).

Children series: Recovery Orders, Relocation, Making arrangements for children after separation Part 1.

Property Series: Coming to an Agreement, Spousal Maintenance

13. Safe Relationships Awareness Project
CLC/Agency: Inner City Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Julie Howes
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 12-12-2014

LGBTI people escaping domestic violence experience compounded disadvantage and marginalisation, social isolation, and multiple legal issues. They are some of the most vulnerable and at-risk people in the NSW.

This CLE project involved the presentation of CLE sessions and the development of training resources regarding how to identify unsafe relationships and working with vulnerable LGBTIQ clients experiencing and escaping DFV, to workers from mainstream and specialist community and government services.

The CLE sessions ran for three to four hours. The CLE sessions were held in locations where there are known LGBTIQ communities and with partner organisations ranging from DV services, health services, LGBTIQ organisations...

14. Justice Bites: Restorative Justice
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Bonnie Renou
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 25-08-2014

A free public lecture to canvas the value and application of Restorative Justice principles, particularly in the context of sexual offending and family violence.

Courts and the community often struggle to find innovative solutions to offending that take into account the needs of victims and the community, and the need to support criminals to not re-offend. Increasingly, those of us who work in the law are looking to Restorative Justice as a viable alternative to more traditional retributive responses to criminal behaviour.

This two-hour forum featured former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, David Moore (President of the Victorian Association for Restorative Justice). Following their presentations, Rob and David part...

15. Advocacy Indigenous DVD
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Lorraine Gibbs
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 23-01-2013

This DVD assists people to access advocacy and legal assistance from the Darwin Community Legal Service. It provides a pragmatic explanation aimed at Indigenous people and demystifies the process for gaining assistance.

This DVD has proven popular with our remote clients and we hope to make it available in other Indigenous languages in the future. DCLS would welcome partnerships with other organisations to make this happen.

16. Super Law DVD and Workbook
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Phynea Clarke
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 08-10-2012

The DVD and workbook were developed to provide culturally sensitive and appropriate visual and audio aids to assist with the delivery of education about domestic and family violence.

It was developed in close consultation with senior members of the Central Australia Aboriginal Community. The end result was a locally relevant education tool, which incorporates local Aboriginal and colloquial English language to educate people about Australian law but which also respects and acknowledges Aboriginal law and empowers people to make their own choices about their actions.

17. Cop This!
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: Melanie Robinson
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-09-2012

When dealing with police it is important to know your rights. This package of resources includes a booklet, DVD and learning sequence which fits in with the NT Curriculum Framework for schools

18. What's the law?
CLC/Agency: National Legal Aid and Australian Legal Aid Commissions
Contact Person: Kenton Molloy
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 05-03-2012

What's the law? has been developed by legal aid commissions for use in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). AMEP provide 510 hours of free English language classes to newly arrived migrants and refugees.

The kit can also be used in other classroom and community settings.

The kit features a DVD that is based on the concept in Getting to know the law in my new country, created by Footscray CLC in 2009-10 for AMEP classes in Victoria.

The kit features a series of 10 audio visual stories and activities that reflect legal issues commonly experienced by new arrivals. The stories are drawn from real case studies. The kit also includes activity sheets for students and answer sheets for educators, as well as tip...

19. Visioning Justice
CLC/Agency: Springvale Monash Legal Service
Contact Person: Bec Smith/Helen Yandell
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-01-2012

Young people from diverse backgrounds in Melbourne have experienced significant alienation stemming from the fear evoked in media representations and have subsequently faced intensified police attention and increased justice system intervention.

In 2011 SMLS undertook the Visioning Justice Project, which worked with a small group of these young people. Participants received comprehensive radio production and legal education training. Participants then produced a series of radio documentaries discussing the law, policing and the criminal justice system, including their own experiences and ideas for change.

One of the projects key aims was to get young people’s experiences and opinions onto the airwaves and into the p...

20. Aboriginal Legal Access Program Radio Show
CLC/Agency: Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Karin Ness
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 16-01-2012

The Northern Rivers CLC's Aboriginal Legal Access Program (ALAP) has a weekly radio show on 88.9fm Richmond Valley Radio. The show features Indigenous music, and legal and other relevant information.

88.9fm is a community radio station situated at Bora Ridge with a large listening base derived from the local Aboriginal communities.

The Centre started the program in mid November 2011 and has so far featured NRCLC services, domestic violence, human rights, youth legal issues and family law and children. The ALAP radio show is an access to justice initiative that aims to convey legal information to the local Aboriginal communities and to increase participation in the Centre’s outreach advice locations.


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