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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. Cycle of Violence - Family Violence Resource Kit
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: David Suttle
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 21-12-2016

This resource kit aims to improve Yolŋu understanding of the dynamics of family violence using a unique metaphor developed in partnership with Yolŋu – traditional knowledge about the cycle of the seasons. The resources encourage people to reflect on what action they can take to keep their children and families safe. They will be of benefit to Yolŋu workers and services more broadly when they are working with Yolŋu. The CD contains a series of radio plays describing each phase of the cycle of violence. The poster is a large laminated A1 size perfect for group settings and provides a visual representation of this, with icons of people, fauna, flora and atmospheric phenomenon according to the Yolngu cycle of season...

3. One Law For All
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-12-2016

This paper gives insights into traditional law and governance, exploring how best to incorporate Yolngu traditional law and needs in setting up a constitution for the Northern Territory's possible move towards becoming a new state.

4. ‘THIEF’ Mock Trial
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-11-2016

We ran a mock trial for year 11-12 students at Geelong Court House.

5. Legal Health Check POP UP shops!
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-11-2016

To celebrate Law Week this year we were out in our community offering free legal health checks and a shot in our blizzard machine to win instant prizes. A legal health check is a conversation starter to help people identify their legal problems and get help. There was an opportunity for community members to have a one–on–one chat with a legal professional and also take away resources to read at home. We ran six successful days of events in three locations, spending time at Bellarine Village in Newcomb, Colac Woolworths and Market Square in Geelong and spoke to over 1200 people.

6. Flash Mob
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 24-11-2016

On Saturday 12 November, Barwon Community Legal Service joined staff from Bethany Community Support, Diversitat, City of Greater Geelong and a bunch of young people to stop traffic in Geelong CBD between Market Square and Westfield Shopping Centres. The group surprised unassuming shoppers with a Flash Mob dance in the street that was aimed at raising awareness about respect and healthy relationships. This Flash Mob community campaign is one of many events being run as part of the Barwon Month of Action to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women. www.monthofaction.com.au

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

Free movie screening and information given to community members about Elder Abuse and where people can get free help. The movie was followed by afternoon tea and conversation.

12. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

Education forum for workers to build their knowledge and awareness of Elder Abuse. Half day session with various key speakers.

13. Strike Out Violence Against Women 2015
CLC/Agency: Central Highlands Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Jessica Frost-Camilleri
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 12-01-2016

‘Strike Out’ Violence and Inequality for Women 2015 is a ten pin bowling event designed to have the community bowl over pins throughout the day representing the incidences of family violence women in the state of Victoria have suffered in the previous year. It is designed to coincide with International Women’s Day (IWD) as a means of celebrating women’s achievement whilst remembering the inequalities many still face.

PDF 14. New Mum's Family Violence Card
CLC/Agency: Central Highlands Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Jessica Frost-Camilleri
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 12-01-2016

We developed a discreet, colourful, wallet sized card designed to go in new parent packs distributed by Maternal Child and Health services in the City of Ballarat. The cards contain a brief message of 'Family violence is not OK' and the names and numbers of crisis services and the legal centre.

15. Legal Information for Taxi Drivers
CLC/Agency: Fitzroy Legal Service
Contact Person: Ela Stewart
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 06-07-2015

Fitzroy Legal Service provides legal information as part of the 13CABS advanced training for taxi drivers.

The topics covered as part of the 1-hour weekly sessions include:

  • Dealing with police
  • Fines and Infringements
  • Accidents and Insurance
  • Compensation: Workcover and VOCAT
  • Fare Evasion
  • Assault and Sexual Assault
  • Privacy

Copies of the presentations can be obtained via the contact details below.

16. Sex, young people and the law
CLC/Agency: Victoria Legal Aid
Contact Person: Kenton Molloy
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 04-06-2015

This is a legal education kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships.

The program covers the following topics:

  • Age of consent 
  • Consent 
  • Cyberbullying 
  • Sexting 

The program was developed by Victoria Legal Aid and the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre.

17. Talking Justice 2015
CLC/Agency: Loddon Campaspe CLC
Contact Person: Anna Howard
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 18-05-2015

In 2014 Loddon Campaspe CLC held a series of public lectures around issues of justice.

Our speakers came from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. More than 240 people bought tickets to our inaugural event. In 2015 we repeated the event but rescheduled it to coincide with Law Week. More than 370 people attended four sessions held over two days.

Speakers included the Hon. Howard Nathan, Helen Szoke, Professor Mick Dodson AM, Tim Wilson, Lydia Shelly, Rob Stary, Ken Marchingo, Warwick Smith, Eva Cox, Ange Barry, Louise Staley MP and Dr Alessandro Demaio.

Videos will be available shortly.

18. 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:

19. Kids' Law Drama Project
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Andrea Staunton
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 16-12-2014

Working in partnership with a local secondary college, this pilot project involved Year 7 students creating their own "law drama project", with resourcing from Peninsula CLC, which was showcased to their peers in 2015.

20. Purple November - Craft and Conversation 2014
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 03-12-2014

During November 2014 Barwon Community Legal Service supported Purple November (an initiative of Reclaim the Night Geelong) by running craft and conversation workshops, whereby local girls and women hand made purple pom-poms. These pom-poms were then displayed in various local organisations shopfront windows to raise awareness about violence against women.

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