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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. 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...

3. 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.

4. Social Housing Consultation - tenant video submissions
CLC/Agency: Kingsford Legal Centre
Contact Person: Edwina MacDonald
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 07-04-2015

We worked with local housing tenants to assist them make 10 video submissions and 6 written submissions to NSW Government’s Social Housing consultation. We offered a choice of formats because not all tenants feel comfortable expressing themselves in writing, and we wanted the Government to see and hear directly from tenants.

We developed resources and hosted a forum at a local community centre for 50 tenants to inform them about the consultation and making a submission. Staff and students assisted tenants write or record submissions. We developed consent processes for editing/sending in the submissions, and using stories in our submission.

The following resources are available for sharing:

5. 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.

6. Family Problems: Your rights when things go wrong
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Author: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission Tennant Creek Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 15-10-2014

This project was inititated in response to needs identified by Aboriginal communities in Tennant Creek and the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory for legal education about rights and responsibilities in local languages, on domestic violence, restraining orders and court processes.

Scripts were developed collaboratively with a range of local organisations and legal services drawing on local stories to explain foundational legal concepts.

The primary audience is Warumungu and Warlpiri speakers in the Barkly region and Tiwi speakers on the Tiwi Islands, however it is also important for Australian legal system staff and service providers to hear these perspectives.

These DVDs aim to enhance cross-cultural understa...

7. Talk it up - young parents child protection advocacy project
CLC/Agency: Youth Advocacy Centre
Contact Person: Lee-Anne Hoyer
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 04-08-2014

A series of workshops that aimed to inform young parents and prospective parents of their legal rights and responsibilities within the Child Protection system and to develop a resource which will support other young parents to do the same.

8. Police Accountability Project
CLC/Agency: Community Legal Centres NSW
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 18-03-2014

CLCNSW is concerned about various aspects of the NSW Police Compaints system, and has made recommendations for reform. The reforms are supported by results from CLCNSW commissioned research by Charles Sturt University into solicitors' and client advocates' perceptions and experiences in relation to the Police Complaints System - an executive summary of the findings of this research are available on the CLCNSW's website.

9. Alcohol Management Plans Review
CLC/Agency: Junkuri Laka Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Dr Berry Zondag
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 28-01-2014

Mornington Island has been subject to alcohol management plans (AMP) since 2003. In 2008 the conditions were varied to a "zero carriage limit", meaning a total prohibition on alcohol.

The assumption underlying this policy was that removal of alcohol would also remove all social ills associated with alcohol abuse.

However, due to the surge in illegally made alcohol (homebrew) the actual effect is that alcohol abuse has not in fact decreased at all.

A review of AMP's was introduced in 2012. Junkuri Laka CLC is closely associated with the Community Justice Group on Mornington, an agency with prime responsibility in the review under QLD legislation. The CLC will play a vital role in the review process.

10. 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.

PDF 11. Why didn't you ask?
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Bonnie Renou
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 11-11-2013

Loddon Campaspe CLC’s Family Violence service at local courts taught us that women often arrive at court not knowing what to expect from the legal process or how an Intervention Order will meet their needs.

We also know that courts often make assumptions about what victims of family violence want from the legal system.

So we decided to take one step back and to ask women themselves what they wanted.

The project has also seen us extend our Family Violence Legal Service from three to five courts in our region.

The project has formed and strengthened partnerships with specialist family violence support organisations, regional Aboriginal collectives and community health providers.

12. 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...

13. New Migrant Education Program
CLC/Agency: Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Contact Person: George Hatzirodos
Jurisdiction: SA
Date Added: 07-02-2013

The Legal Services Commission of South Australia provides legal information sessions to all new migrants living in South Australia. Presentation topics include but are not limited to:

  • Legal Advice / Court Systems
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Housing
  • Child Protection
  • Government Departments
  • Family Law
  • Driving /Motor Vehicles
  • Family Violence
  • Discrimination
  • Parenting Rights and Responsibilities, and 
  • Consumer Law. 

LSCSA also provides cultural awareness sessions to service providers on 'tips and traps in working with new migrants'.

The choice of the topic for presentation...

14. Advocacy Indigenous DVD
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Lorraine Gibbs
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 23-01-2013

This DVD assists people to access advocacy and legal assistance from the Darwin Community Legal Service. It provides a pragmatic explanation aimed at Indigenous people and demystifies the process for gaining assistance.

This DVD has proven popular with our remote clients and we hope to make it available in other Indigenous languages in the future. DCLS would welcome partnerships with other organisations to make this happen.

15. New Voices/New Laws
CLC/Agency: National Children's Youth Law Centre
Contact Person: Kelly Tallon
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 16-01-2013

New Voices/New Laws is a partnership project between NCYLC and Children's Legal Service of Legal Aid NSW. It aims to:

  • educate young people about the criminal laws that can apply to sexting and cyber bullying; 
  • encourage young people to voice their opinions on these laws; 
  • amplify their voices and opinions; and 
  • facilitate advocacy for reform of inappropriate criminal laws and penalties.
16. Cop This!
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: Melanie Robinson
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-09-2012

When dealing with police it is important to know your rights. This package of resources includes a booklet, DVD and learning sequence which fits in with the NT Curriculum Framework for schools

17. Racial and Religious Discrimination, Vilification and Harassment
CLC/Agency: Western Suburbs Legal Service
Contact Person: Gill Davy
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-06-2012

Racial and Religious Discrimination, Vilification and Harassment: A community development project of the Western Suburbs Legal Service (2006) reported on research undertaken by WSLS into the extent and experience of systemic and interpersonal racism in the Western suburbs.

The research report describes the ways in which discrimination is experienced and the impact of those experiences. It outlines the ways in which international and domestic law deals with discrimination complaints and examines complaint processes in practice.

The report also makes a number of recommendations for community-based responses to racism.

18. Is Community A Crime?
CLC/Agency: Western Suburbs Legal Service
Contact Person: Gill Davy
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-06-2012

Is Community A Crime? captured the proceedings from a 2008 public forum on the community impacts of anti terrorism laws and policing. Representatives from the Muslim, Kurdish, Tamil and Somali communities addressed the forum, along with academics and community campaigners.

19. Boys, you wanna give me some action?
CLC/Agency: Western Suburbs Legal Service
Contact Person: Gill Davy
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 07-06-2012

‘Boys, you wanna give me some action?’: Interventions into Policing of Racialised Communities in Melbourne examined African young peoples’ experience of policing in three regions of Melbourne, including the Western suburbs.

It found that ‘community policing’ initiatives do not ameliorate the commonly identified negative impacts of traditional over-policing practices. In fact, the relationships fostered between police and African young people through community policing initiatives were often used for intelligence gathering purposes and were ultimately damaging for the young people involved, leading in some cases to criminal proceedings.

20. Stand up for Your Rights
CLC/Agency: Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Karin Ness
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 16-01-2012

Northern Rivers CLC’s focus on employment law specifically targets CALD communities and young people. They consulted with local youth on the best resources to assist in relation to their employment rights and on the basis of these consultations decided to produce a video.

With funding from NSW Law and Justice Foundation they produced a video to showcase young people speaking about their employment related experiences: Stand up for your rights. Local youth acted in and were involved in pre-production, including cinematography and sound.

The video aims to:

  • increase young people's awareness of their rights at work
  • increase their awareness of assistance services, and
  • create greate...
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