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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. 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 ...

3. 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.

4. Revenge Porn Resource
CLC/Agency: St Kilda Legal Service
Contact Person: Suzan Gencay
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 16-01-2017

Revenge Porn St Kilda Legal Service have produced this resource to inform people of their rights if they’re the victim of revenge porn. Revenge porn is intimate images or videos that have been intentionally distributed without the consent of the individual involved and the distribution of the image is contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct.

5. 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.

6. The Plain English Legal Dictionary
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 21-12-2016

This Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English. This vital resource helps lawyers, police, judges and other legal staff to communicate with Indigenous people who do not speak English as a first language. The plain English descriptions provide meaningful and clear ways to discuss complex legal topics.

7. The Plain English Legal Dictionary Northern Territory Criminal Law English-Djambarrpuyngu
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery, Hannah Harper
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-12-2016

The Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English, and translated into Djambarrpuyŋu (a language of northeast Arnhem Land). Available as a PDF or online interactive version.

8. 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.

9. Accessible Legal Information
CLC/Agency: Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Contact Person: Melanie Robinson
Jurisdiction: SA
Date Added: 20-09-2016

The information is delivered verbally, in Auslan and with subtitles. Notably, the film caters to people with cognitive impairment, such as a brain injury, who have difficulty processing large amounts of visual information. The film is shot simply in black-and-white, edited at a very measured pace, and presents information clearly with minimal distractions.

10. Self-represented appeals a guide to appealing a conviction or sentence
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 07-06-2016

This publication is intended to help you understand the process you will follow to appeal against your sentence or conviction, including what will happen in the courtroom. Please note: this is an online-only publication.

11. 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.

12. Breaking Down Barriers
CLC/Agency: St Kilda Legal Service
Contact Person: Suzan Gencay
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 25-05-2016

Many people with disability face multiple complex barriers to accessing the justice system. At this innovative and informative forum, learn to empower your clients and hear from some of the leading experts in disability support services, legal services, the judiciary, social work and more. This full day forum also provides continuing professional development (CPD) points for lawyers and social workers, as well as an excellent opportunity for networking and learning about how to improve access to justice for your clients with disability.

13. 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.

14. Submission to the Department of Justice and Regulation Access to Justice Review
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Saskia Weerheim
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 04-05-2016

Response to term of reference 7: “Whether there is any duplication in services provided by legal assistance providers, and options for reducing that duplication, including the development of legal education material.”

PDF 15. Legal Brochure: Licences and Traffic Offences
CLC/Agency: Legal Advice Clinic, School of Law, University of South Australia
Contact Person: Matthew Atkinson
Jurisdiction: SA
Date Added: 13-04-2016

The booklet outlines the procedures and other relevant information regarding licences and what happens if you are charged with having committed a traffic offence.

16. Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Talking Fact Sheet Project
CLC/Agency: Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
Contact Person: Kate Finlayson
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 09-02-2016

Small groups of Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people in various communities are provided with basic film-making skills to enable them to devise, film and produce short films about legal issues that affect them in their communities, which are then distributed online through their networks.

17. 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.

PDF 18. Community Worker Forums
CLC/Agency: Fitzroy Legal Service
Contact Person: Ela Stewart
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 06-07-2015

Fitzroy Legal Service, in collaboration with a number of community legal centres, hosted 9 training forums across metropolitan and regional Victoria in 2015.

The forums provided frontline community workers with practical legal tips and insights into areas of the law that are most likely to impact their clients, including:

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Sentencing and Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Civil Law for Community Workers (Fines and Infringements, Intervention Orders, and Victims of Crime Tribunal)
  • Confidentiality and Duty of Care

The reading guide for the sessions can be downloaded from this page, and copies of the presentations can be obtained via the c...

19. 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.

20. 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.

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