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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. Blue Card system review
Contact Person: Dr Berry Zondag
Jurisdiction: QLD
Date Added: 07-02-2017

People in remote indigenous communities experience barriers entering into the workforce as a result of the Working with Children legislation. The reason is that much of the available work is with government agencies and NGO's and it is in the social services area, where "Blue Cards" are a typical job requirement. People in indigenous communities tend to have significantly more substantial criminal records than the average "mainstream" individual. The strict Blue Card regime is therefore often a barrier in obtaining work. The CLC with our local member of parliament to amend the legislation by introducing a community specific Blue Card.

4. 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
5. 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...

6. NSW Housing Repairs Campaign
CLC/Agency: Kingsford Legal Centre
Contact Person: Edwina MacDonald
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 16-07-2012

Kingsford Legal Centre’s Housing Repairs Campaign seeks to improve the standard of housing for clients living in Housing NSW properties.

The campaign uses a number of different strategies. We are working with our local communities to raise awareness about the issue and empower clients to make complaints to Housing NSW and the Tenancy Tribunal through workshops, advice clinics and articles in community newsletters.

We are placing pressure on Housing NSW through our casework, in particular focusing on increasing complaints to the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunals (CTTT) and exploring other legal options, such as discrimination complaints.

We are collecting evidence of the problem, lobbying go...

7. Grandparents, grandchildren and family Law
CLC/Agency: Moreland Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Carmen Tommasi
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 08-05-2012

The Grandparents, Grandchildren and Family Law project encourages grandparents to be confident and informed and to contribute positively to the care, welfare and development of their grandchildren, whether or not the parents of the children are separated or divorced.

Focus groups and community information sessions were conducted with Melbourne's Greek Community. A Reference Group was established with industry experts (eg Victoria Legal Aid, CO-ASIT - Italian Agency, private practitioners, Aged Care Services - Moreland Council). The Reference Group informed the development of fact sheets (in English and Greek) in relation to grandparents, grandchildren and Family Law.  

A final report will be produced with recomm...

8. Planning for Later Life
CLC/Agency: The Aged-care Rights Service
Contact Person: Meg Small
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 04-05-2012

These Community Legal Education (CLE) sessions were delivered in Forster-Taree to older persons and members of the Aboriginal Communities. This outreach CLE was triggered by a client contacting the TARS Advice Line with a query about planning for later life. The sessions covered wills, powers of attorney and guardianship.

9. 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...

10. Reform of marginal renting
CLC/Agency: Tenants' Union of NSW
Contact Person: Dr Chris Martin
Jurisdiction: NSW
Date Added: 04-10-2011

Reform of law covering marginal renters in NSW. Marginal renters include people living in boarding houses, crisis accommodation, student accommodation and share housing.

Paper launched in March 2011 calling for law reform, accomodation provider sustainability, social inclusion programs and reform of Licensed Residential Centres for people with a disability.

The campaign involves submissions to politicians, engaging in policy debate, facilitation of round table, stakeholder consultations, promotion of best practice, liaison with bureaucrats and local government, gaining over 30 organisational signatories in support of reform, facilitating media coverage and conducting research.

11. Inner West Domestic Violence Proactive Support Service
CLC/Agency: Marrickville Legal Centre
Contact Person: Amelia Pace
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 01-08-2011

Integrated social welfare/criminal justice response to domestic violence in partnership with three NSW Police Local Area Commands from which we receive "yellow card" referrals for people experiencing DV (mostly women) and provide follow up support, information and referrals to them via the telephone, after doing safety and risk assessment and safety plan.

Typical referrals include DVCAS (court support), counselling, family law, Victims Compensation, other legal advice, financial support, refuges and accommodation. As part of this project we do a CLE twice a year entitled "Challenges in Using the Law to Respond to Domestic Violence"

12. Marine Farming Law Reform
CLC/Agency: Environmental Defenders Office (Tas.)
Contact Person: Gus Risberg
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 01-08-2011

This is an ongoing project looking at problems with the operation of marine farming in Tasmania, and identifying options for reform. The culmination of the project will be a law reform package for government and a public conference.

13. Agricultural Chemicals Review
CLC/Agency: Environmental Defenders Office (Tas.)
Contact Person: Jess Feehely
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 01-08-2011

Campaign to improve assessment and regulation of agricultural chemical use in Tasmania, including submission on proposed spraying regulations.

14. Coastal Management Reform
CLC/Agency: Environmental Defender's Office (Tas.)
Contact Person: Jess Feehely
Jurisdiction: TAS
Date Added: 01-08-2011

Campaign in response to government failure to deliver State Coastal Policy, urging development of a comprehensive coastal management framework

15. Roma Mitchell Human Rights Volunteer Service
CLC/Agency: Roma Mitchell Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Patrick T. Byrt
Jurisdiction: SA Commonwealth
Date Added: 01-08-2011

Roma Mitchell Human Rights Volunteer Service (RMHRVS) is dedicated to the pro-active advance of human rights under a long term goal of securing these rights through constitutional change. Some prior volunteer and e-vols activities have included writing reports and submissions, the researching of background material, emailing organisations, politicians and other persons. This ongoing project uses video, public events and the internet.

16. Safe Keeping
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Anna Howard
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 01-08-2011

This project facilitated the implementation and utilisation of the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2010 to ensure that family and friends of missing persons can access accurate and useful information about their legal options regarding administration of the missing person’s affairs.

It will also ensure that the staff at key agencies helping families and friends of missing persons (eg missing person’s support groups, Victoria Police and VCAT) are informed about the new options available.

The guide assists families and friends of missing persons to manage the financial and legal difficulties created when a loved one goes missing.

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