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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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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.

PDF 6. Everyone has Human Rights, Understand Yours!
CLC/Agency: Queensland Advocacy Incorporated
Contact Person: Michelle O'Flynn
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 06-01-2015

This booklet is part of a project that aims to tell people with disability about their human rights. The project also aims to help people to find out if their human rights are being respected. 

"Human rights are the most important rights. Human rights belong to every person. This book tells you about your human rights. Knowing about your human rights is the first step towards having your rights respected."

7. 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
8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. You Decide Who Decides
CLC/Agency: Office of the Public Advocate
Contact Person: Helen Rushford
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-07-2014

This innovative and interactive computer program introduces a range of culturally diverse characters who are considering making enduring powers of attorney. With the help of guide, Captain Power, and his knowledge of enduring powers of attorney, the characters' stories allow participants to reflect on what is important to them when considering who to choose as substitute decision makers.

12. Animated films: Indigenous civil and family law needs
CLC/Agency: Indigenous Legal Needs Project
Contact Person: Fiona Allison
Jurisdiction: NT VIC
Date Added: 11-02-2014

These two animated films present Indigenous peoples' accounts of common civil and family law problems (as well as research findings of the ILNP). It can be used as an education tool for Indigenous communities around civil and family law.

13. NDIS Education Fact Sheets Project
CLC/Agency: Fitzroy Legal Service
Contact Person: Ela Stewart
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 04-12-2013

This project aims to provide practical rights-based education materials for people with disabilities who are accessing, or wanting to access, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The materials will assist consumers to understand the mechanisms within, and outside of, formal NDIS processes whereby their rights can be enabled, such as through complaints/grievance mechanisms established as part of the NDIS, and other rights-based regimes such as anti-discrimination law.

Materials are available as Fact Sheets and on a website and include information about further resources and support available to assist consumers pursuing their rights in relation to the NDIS.

14. In their Words
Contact Person: Louis Schetzer
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 23-08-2013

This project presents a series of short videos in which StreetCare members talk about their experiences. The stories reflect the diversity of homelessness in NSW and point to the benefits of involving homeless consumers in advocacy, training and service design.

15. Things You Need To Know - Legal Information for Women Over 50 and their Families
CLC/Agency: Women's Legal Service Tasmania
Contact Person: Susan Fahey
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 12-08-2013

This booklet is a compilation of what women in this age group are asking us when they call our free advice line, so we thought it would be great to put together a number of one page "starting points" - summaries of topics most often queried, and information regarding further options and additional services.

The booklet is in no way definitive, but it does contain answers to common questions and prompters for future thought and discussion.

16. Girls Gotta Know
Contact Person: Susan Fahey
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 25-07-2013

Girls Gotta Know is both an app and a website that have been produced by the Women's Legal Service Tasmania to take legal knowledge and deliver it in a simple, easy to understand and up-to-date format to the young women of Tasmania.

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.

PDF 18. The involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 23-04-2013

The Mental Health Law Centre (WA) made this submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee in its inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities in Australia.

PDF 19. Interaction with the Western Australian Criminal Justice System by People Affected by Mental Illness or Impairment
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 16-04-2013

The negative consequences and disadvantage people with a mental illness suffer are perhaps nowhere more evident than in the (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 (WA).

This Act creates a paternalistic and archaic regime of exclusion, punishment and discrimination with far reaching consequences for the fundamental rights and freedoms of people affected by mental illness and/or impairment in Western Australia.

PDF 20. Mandatory Sentencing and the Mental Health Court
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 16-04-2013

The Mental Health Law Centre (WA) made this submission in support of removing mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for people with a mental illness or mental impairment found guilty of an offence.

The submission calls for the repeal the Minimum Mandatory Sentencing laws of the Criminal Code in the interests of justice, and decriminalising and safeguarding the human rights of people with a mental illness and/or impairment.

Failing this, the submission argues for an exception to minimum Mandatory Sentencing laws for people with a mental illness or impairment when that mental impairment is causally linked to the offence for which they have been cha...

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