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1. 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.

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. Social Media, Cyberbullying and Sexting
CLC/Agency: Murray Mallee Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Allie Collyer
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 09-01-2017

In conjunction with Victoria Police, MMCLS held a community information night focussed on intervention orders and family violence. The session delivered by MMCLS focussed on social media, cyber-bullying and sexting as these had been flagged by VicPol as local issues which were related to intervention orders.

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. 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.

7. When disaster strikes - cyclones, storms and floods: a guide to getting your insurance claim paid
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 05-07-2016

This guide is designed to help Queenslanders with their insurance claims after a storm, cyclone or flood. This guide provides advice on home building and contents insurance policies; it doesn’t provide advice on other types of insurance such as motor vehicle insurance policies.

8. Bushfires and insurance claims
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 05-07-2016

This factsheet outlines the process for making an insurance claim and explains your legal rights if your home or property has been damaged by a bushfire.

9. Need help getting an insurance claim paid?
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid QLD
Contact Person: Katherine Bowden
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 04-07-2016

This factsheet is for helping you to make an insurance claim even if your premiums were not up to date, or there are concerns the damage is not covered by the policy you have.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Consumer and trader disputes
CLC/Agency: Legal Aid Queensland
Contact Person: Katherine Lamont
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 27-07-2015

This guide provides general information about how to resolve a dispute with a trader involving an amount of $25,000 or less. The consumer-trader dispute claim procedures provide a quick and affordable way to help you collect what you are owed. You can do it yourself, without using a lawyer.

14. Renting
CLC/Agency: Hunter Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Bronwyn Ambrogetti
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 01-05-2015

Various resources available regarding:

  • Residential tenancy agreements, 
  • bonds and repairs for TAFE CALD advanced English students, 
  • plain English, power point with hand out summary, and 
  • examples of lease, bond form and condition report.

Please contact hunter_nsw@clc.net.au to obtain up-to-date copies of the resources available.

15. 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.

16. General law fact sheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

Three general law fact sheets:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Hardship variation to loans
  • Consumer leases
  • LGBTQI discrimination
  • Buying a car with finance

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

17. Aged and disability advocacy services fact sheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

A series of fact sheets created for the DCLS Aged and Disability Advocacy Service covering topics such as:

  • Advanced Personal Planning
  • Power of Attorney 
  • Wills 
  • Protection Orders 
  • Adult Guardianship

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

18. Tenancy factsheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

A range of plain language fact sheets outlining tenants rights and responsibilities in the Northern Territory. Topics include:

  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Utilities - Termination by landlord
  • Termination by tenant
  • Security deposits 
  • Condition reports 
  • Discrimination and renting 
  • And more

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

19. 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
20. Preparing for Court
CLC/Agency: Victoria Law Foundation
Contact Person: Elisa Berg
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 01-12-2014

Taking court action to sort out a legal issue should be your last resort. But if you have to go to court, it is a good idea to know what to expect. We have information here that will help you through the process.

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