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1. Consumer leases - what community workers need to know
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid Queensland
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 10-03-2017

Legal Aid Queensland held a free webinar for community workers on Consumer leases: what community workers need to know. The session covers: · consumer lease law overview – what law applies? · how to deal with typical leases when they become unaffordable · rental companies – what to do if the contract is unfair · repossession of rental goods – what do consumers need to know? · consumer lease case studies · how to help clients access their legal rights through Legal Aid Queensland’s Consumer Protection team.

2. Sample Letter Generator
CLC/Agency: Financial Rights Legal Centre
Contact Person: Julia Davis
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-03-2017

The new tool is an interactive letter generator that can help consumers, or community workers create professional and legal letters to send to financial service providers like banks, creditors and insurance companies. The tool is designed for consumers to use without assistance, and also for community workers to use with their clients. The insurance-related letters can be used all over Australia, but some of the letters about credit, debt and banking may only be applicable in NSW.

3. Community Law Toolkit
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: John Jablonka
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 31-01-2017

The Community Law toolkit is for service providers, lawyers and community leaders working with Aboriginal people living in Darwin Aboriginal Communities. The kit was created in 2015-16 as part of a project to understand and respond to legal education needs of Aboriginal people living in Darwin Aboriginal Communities and increase access to and understanding of the Northern Territory (NT) legal system.

4. Northern Territory Law Handbook
CLC/Agency: Multiple agencies
Contact Person: Dorothy Fauls
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 27-01-2017

The NT Law Handbook is an easy-to-read guide to law in the Northern Territory. This approach to providing the community with plain language information on a comprehensive range of legal topics has been developed by AustLII, the NT Legal Aid Commission and the Darwin Community Legal Service, with the support of the Law Society of the Northern Territory Public Purposes Trust. Over 70 people from the legal community, government and community agencies donated their time, expertise and effort to ensure that the text is up-to-date and accurate. All sections have links to the primary legislation and case law as well as further information, including contacts should you require legal advice. Simply browse and click on any of the more than 100 ...

5. LawInfoNT
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: Dorothy Fauls
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 27-01-2017

LawInfoNT is a website with plain language information about the law for people in the Northern Territory. You can read, watch, listen or look at information; get information in different languages; and find a legal service near you.

6. The Queensland Law Handbook Online
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 06-01-2017

The Queensland Law Handbook online is a comprehensive, plain-English legal resource designed to help you deal with your legal problems.

7. Bingo for Patients
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 22-12-2016

An interactive 'bingo' style presentation to help patients identify legal issues and link them to legal help (building on the 'Legal Lingo Bingo' tool developed by Eastern CLC). This is an ongoing project, delivered monthly to patients in collaboration with a local hospital.

8. Small amount loans and payday lending
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid Queensland
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 13-12-2016

Presented by Legal Aid Queensland on 14 July 2016 This webinar explores how small amount loans, consumer leases and pawnbrokers are regulated, and how to help clients access their legal rights.

9. Legal Health Check POP UP shops!
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-11-2016

To celebrate Law Week this year we were out in our community offering free legal health checks and a shot in our blizzard machine to win instant prizes. A legal health check is a conversation starter to help people identify their legal problems and get help. There was an opportunity for community members to have a one–on–one chat with a legal professional and also take away resources to read at home. We ran six successful days of events in three locations, spending time at Bellarine Village in Newcomb, Colac Woolworths and Market Square in Geelong and spoke to over 1200 people.

10. The basic law of bankruptcy
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 17-10-2016

This webinar was delivered by Legal Aid Queensland and QPILCH on 1 March 2016 and covers:

  • what is bankruptcy?
  • voluntary and involuntary bankruptcy
  • what is a Part IX Debt Agreement?
  • the consequences of bankruptcy
  • what are a consumer’s responsibilities once they are bankrupt?
11. Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme (CLLAS)a client's guide
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 31-08-2016

he Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme (CLLAS) helps financially disadvantaged people who have a civil law claim by paying some of the costs involved in preparing a claim for settlement negotiations or court proceedings.

12. Does someone owe you money? A guide to help you claim a minor debt of $25,000 or less
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 05-07-2016

This guide provides general information about how to recover a debt of $25,000 or less – known as a minor debt.

13. 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.

14. Need legal help with your money and debt problems?
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 07-06-2016

ometimes money and debt problems can develop into legal problems too. When this happens, we can help you understand your legal rights and what you should do next.

15. Fines Seminar for Workers
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 30-05-2016

An overview of the Victorian infringements system, including tips and traps when helping clients.

16. Guys Gotta Know
CLC/Agency: Women's Legal Service Tasmania
Contact Person: Kim Woolley
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 19-05-2016

A plain English, modern and relevant website for young Tasmanian men seeking information about issues relevant to them, both legal and non-legal.

17. Top 10 things your clients need to know about credit and debt
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 01-04-2016

Presented by Legal Aid Queensland on 9/10/2015. Legal Aid Queensland held a free webinar for community workers on ‘The top 10 things your client needs to know about credit and debt’. The webinar covers topics like: • what happens to your clients if they can’t pay their debts • what debt collectors can and can’t do • what basic household possessions are protected and why they can’t be taken by a creditor.

18. Bring your bills day
CLC/Agency: Gippsland Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Bruce Mapperson
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 14-01-2016

Gippsland Community Legal Service partnered with a range of organisations to deliver a free advice service to the community in understanding how to deal with their bills, centrelink payments, electricity, gas, water, telephone, etc.

19. Law Week BBQ and Free Legal Health Check Clinic
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

In 2015 we Celebrated Law Week and ran a community BBQ and legal health checks for residents of the local SalvoConnect residence.

20. Stress Buster Day
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

'Stress Less’ game - students were given a legal stress and given the opportunity to win a prize if they guessed the legal solution.

Example:

  • Legal Stress - You heater isn't working in the house you rent Legal 
  • Solution - Send notice to your landlord for urgent repairs
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