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1. Self Representation help for asylum seekers in the Fast Track process
CLC/Agency: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Contact Person: Tanya Jackson-Vaughan
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-08-2017

The project aims to provide targeted advice about a person's individual case. Education sessions, advice and factsheets about the fast track process.

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. 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.

4. What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 31-08-2016

This educational DVD has 10 simple photo stories in basic English dealing with the most common legal issues experienced by recently arrived migrants and refugees.

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. Law for Community Workers - 2015 series
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

During 2015 we rolled out 18 Law for Community Workers free information sessions across the Barwon South West region (Vic). We presented a number of session and also invited guest speakers to present too. Various topics offered eg child support, discrimination, family law, renting law, wills, social security etc.

7. 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.

8. The Queensland Law Handbook
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 19-12-2014

A plain-English guide to the law.

9. Lawyers Practice Manual of Queensland
CLC/Agency: Caxton Legal Centre
Contact Person: Camielle Donaghey
Jurisdiction: QLD Commonwealth
Date Added: 19-12-2014

A loose-leaf subscription based manual aimed at lawyers.

This product is a narrative guide to the practice and procedure of law in Queensland. This compendium of law assists in achieving better and faster outcomes for practitioners in dealing with a variety of legal issues.

10. Everyday-Law Website
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

Everyday-Law has been developed to help Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot.

You can search the site to:

  • better understand your legal issues
  • find someone who can help without breaking the bank
  • understand how Victorian courts and the legal system work
  • learn how to resolve disputes in and out of court
11. Victorian Legal Directory
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

'Have a Legal Question?' has been developed by Everyday-Law to help Victorians better understand the law and their legal system by providing the best, easy-to-understand legal information in one spot. The best everyday legal information in one place.

12. Victorian Law Help Directory
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

The Everyday-Law Online Directory is a comprehensive list of organisations that provide free or low-cost legal advice and information to Victorians on a wide range of issues. Use it to get the right help for your legal questions.

13. Talking Justice
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Peter Noble
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-04-2014

A weekend series of public conversations around the role of justice in a free society, featuring some of Australia's finest writers and thinkers. Presented and moderated by Professor Martin Krygier.


  • Father Frank Brennan: Asylum seekers; how do we balance fairness, safety and compassion?
  • Simon Breheny: Freedom of speech and the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.
  • Nicholas Cowdery: Is drug law reform less harmful than prohibition? Are there smarter responses to criminal behaviour?
  • Professor Arie Freiberg: Sentencing, parole boards and changing laws for individuals.
  • Debbie Kilroy: Criminal justice; who are the real victims? Anne Manne...
14. Ask LOIS Armidale
CLC/Agency: Women's Legal Service NSW
Contact Person: Alex Davis
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 22-10-2013

Ask LOIS is a secure website providing a free legal online information service (LOIS) for community workers in NSW, who are rural and regionally based, and are responding to women with legal needs.

Ask LOIS provides community workers with free online training and advice on legal issues such as domestic violence, AVOs, family law, child protection, victims support and much more. It offers fornightly webinars, a comprehensive resource library, case studies, video-conference appointments, forums and a NSW DV service directory.

In 2013, Women's Legal Services NSW recieved funding to continue this project through the NBN Regional Legal Assistance Program and has partnered with local Armidale services to help make the webs...

15. Factsheets for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
CLC/Agency: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Contact Person: Tanya Jackson-Vaugahan
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 15-08-2013

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW provided RACS with a grant to design and produce 7 factsheets and a brochure on our services in 6 community languages.

RACS has funded an extra language - Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu. The factsheets attempt to provide a straightforward explanation of the current processes to apply for a protection visa and family reunion visas.

16. Community Legal Guides Project
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: John Jablonka
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 02-08-2013

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission (NTLAC) and Anglicare NT's Refugee and Migrant Settlement Services (RAMSS) partnered on an innovative program to train community members from two emerging refugee communities as 'Community Legal Guides'.

Funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Settlement Grants Program it used community development and participatory community legal education approaches to build the capacity of community members to understand their own legal problems and support others to seek help from the correct support system.

17. Training for Social Justice (Advocacy Skills)
CLC/Agency: Public Interest Advocacy Centre
Contact Person: Sarah Ludowici
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 27-06-2013

This workshop provides participants with the skills to enable them to advocate with confidence and intelligence. They discover tools for effectively incorporating influence, negotiation and media into their advocacy strategy. On completing this one-day course they are ready to launch their strategy into action.

18. Family Law Property Settlement Workbook
CLC/Agency: Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Kerry Wright
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 25-06-2013

This workbook helps women who have separated from their husband or partner and are trying to mediate to reach a property settlement or are preparing an application to a court for a property settlement.

It includes a summary sheet translated into six languages.

19. QPILCH Fact Sheets
CLC/Agency: Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House
Contact Person: Tony Woodyatt
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 19-02-2013

QPILCH has an extensive alphabetical index of more than 70 legal fact sheets, with topics ranging from Alternative Dispute Resolution to Court Etiquette to the Residential Tenancies Database. It is an invaluable resource for community lawyers practicing in Queensland.

20. Living without Violence - Domestic Violence Toolkit (WA)
Contact Person: Chantel Cotterell
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 15-02-2013

The 'Living without Violence' toolkit is a series of information sheets for people in WA who have experienced domestic violence and who are in the process of separating or have recently separated from their partner.

The information sheets will be provided by community or legal workers to clients. Practical information is provided about rights in relation to:

  • Checklist and useful contacts 
  • Centrelink and domestic violence 
  • Debt and domestic violence 
  • Fines and domestic violence 
  • Immigration and domestic violence 
  • Divorce and domestic violence 
  • Property and domestic violence 
  • Parenting and domestic viol...
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