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1. Gippsland Legal Assistance Forum
CLC/Agency: Gippsland Legal Service
Contact Person: Bruce Mapperson
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 22-06-2017

Aims of Gippsland Legal Assistance Forum 1. To act as a contact point for legal services assisting disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals in the region; 2. To provide a forum to enable legal services and communities of interest to exchange information and identify local issues requiring support or response; 3. To build the capacity of legal services across the region, and 4. To coordinate the promotion of legal services and the delivery of community legal education across the region. Strategy We will meet these aims by: • Being the recognised central point of legal services in Gippsland. Where possible and appropriate, collating information, research and projects which support the aims of GLAF; • Encouraging organisations to...

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Smart Justice Project
CLC/Agency: Smart Justice (Federation of Community Legal Centres et al)
Contact Person: Michelle McDonnell
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 29-10-2014

The Smart Justice project promotes a safer community in Victoria through criminal justice policies that reduce crime, are based on evidence, and comply with human rights.

The project utilises fact sheets, a blog, submissions, social media and public events to promote public policy debate.

7. Elephant in your Room? Phase Two
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 23-10-2014

Building on the success of the 2012 project, which took the Elephant on tour, and utilising much of the already developed imagery and materials, we placed 70,000 drink coasters in venues across the Barwon region. The aim was for as many venues as possible to use our coasters rather than those provided by their liquor suppliers for the duration of the Month of Action (MOA) (Nov 2014). Media and social media supported the project during the MOA.

8. Naming and shaming
CLC/Agency: Deakin University
Contact Person: Dr Lisa Waller
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-08-2014

This baseline study examines the power of the news media to publically name and shame ordinary people who receive non-convictions for committing minor crimes and highlights inequalities in this process, It also explores concerns about online reporting of these matters leaving 'lasting marks of shame'.

9. Buying a car with finance
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: DCLS
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 15-07-2013

Darwin Community Legal Service has created a four-page fact sheet on purchasing a motor vehicle with finance. The issues covered include:

  • doing your financial homework
  • examples of different types of finance
  • credit code protection
  • novated leases
  • dispute resolution
  • where to go for help
10. Work and the Law
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT Commonwealth
Date Added: 15-07-2013

Darwin Community Legal Service has produced an easy-to-read four-page fact sheet on workplace law - covering issues such as:

  • how much you should be paid
  • what if I get fired?
  • what if I get injured at work?
  • discrimination
  • sexual harassment
  • where to go for help
11. Legal Publications
CLC/Agency: Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Contact Person: George Hatzirodos
Jurisdiction: SA
Date Added: 14-02-2013

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia publishes several pamplets, leaflets and cards:

  • Need Legal Help
  • Child Support
  • Adult Child Maintainance
  • Family Law
  • Trees and the Law
  • Strata and Community Title
  • De-facto relationships
  • Debt
  • Intervention Orders
  • Power of Attorney
  • Power of Guardianship
  • Wills
  • Family Law Conferencing
  • Workers' rights
  • Drink Driving
  • Going to Court
  • Maintainance
  • Noisy Neighbours
  • Police
  • Same sex relationships etc
12. Elephant in your room?
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Mikala McIntyre or Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 08-01-2013

Barwon Community Legal Service took a large fibreglass elephant on a three-month tour of its catchment area to raise awareness about family violence.

It combined the tour with various CLE events over the 90 days (Stop Violence Against Women - Month of Action, White Ribbon Day, Human Rights Day etc).

About the Elephant

She started life in Wodonga in 2009 as a community art project and was produced by a group of women who have survived living with family violence. She has been beautifully decorated in two halves. The left hand side is black and white and depicts the downside of abuse and the devastation it causes to people's lives. The right hand side is colourful and depicts the upside and joy...

13. Rights on Show
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 03-07-2012

The Darwin Community Legal Service's Rights on Show is the annual art award and exhibition which focusses on human rights. This much revered art show is now in its 18th year.

The "Homelessness" show received nearly 100 entries in 2011, including entries from remote areas, differently abled groups, students, asylum seekers, accomplished and novice artists alike. All had something to say about being homeless in the Northern Territory.

A myriad of mediums were utilised in 2011, including a giant woven nest, a florally adorned camping tent, mosaics, paper cranes, film, and the People's Choice winner "Cardboard Man", a salute to the "Occupy" movement.

2012 has a series of artist floor talks planned, excursion...

14. Bar coasters to promote community legal service
CLC/Agency: Illawarra Legal Centre
Contact Person: Linda Brazier
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 05-06-2012

Aim: to promote the Illawarra Legal Centre to the wider community, and in particular to target males by producing disposable bar coasters with simple messages and contact details.

Method: coasters delivered to 20 licensed premises (hotels and clubs) in the Illawarra region.

15. Law Week Quiz
CLC/Agency: Eastern Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Amy Johnstone
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 14-05-2012

In 2012 Eastern CLC is holding a 'virtual' event for Law Week, with a media campaign in local papers, mailouts to partner agencies and a social media campaign.

The focus of the campaign is on the wide range of life issues the law impacts, encourgaing people to recognise the legal knowledge they already have and emphasising the positive impact legal advice can make.

The campaign uses a Legal Quiz - multiple choice questions on common legal issues in our community.

16. Climate Change Act
CLC/Agency: Environment Defenders Office (Vic.)
Contact Person: Elizabeth McKinnon
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 27-04-2012

The EDO worked to improve the design of the Climate Change Act before it was introduced in 2010, and then to prevent the State Government winding it back in 2011-12.

17. Reforming Mining Law in Victoria
CLC/Agency: Environment Defenders Office (Vic.)
Contact Person: Elizabeth McKinnon
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 27-04-2012

The EDO (Vic.) is running a long-term law reform project aimed at improving Victoria's mining laws to better protect the environment, sensitive land uses and regional communities from mining (especially for coal and coal seam gas).

18. Calling All Tenants
CLC/Agency: Tenants Union of Tasmania
Contact Person: Phil Hoffen
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 24-04-2012

The Tenants Union of Tasmania created a website and produced a TV Advertisement with the help of volunteers. WIN screen it for free as a Community Service Announcement.

19. Refugee Tenancy and Housing Project
CLC/Agency: Footscray Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Laura Berta
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 03-04-2012

The Refugee Tenancy and Housing Project was developed in response to the need for tenancy advocacy services in Melbourne’s western suburbs and in recognition of the major barrier that housing difficulties pose to successful refugee settlement.

The Project encompassed the following:  

  • a legal tenancy clinic providing free legal advice and representation to people of refugee background living in the western suburbs of Melbourne; 
  • community legal education; and 
  • community development initiatives. 


The Project's findings and recommendations are presented in Making it Home: Refugee Housing in Melbourne's West, which documents underlyi...

20. Sentencing Issues
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-10-2011

Press release regarding sentencing and supporting the Smart Justice campaign.

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