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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. Family Law and Family Violence in Australia
CLC/Agency: Fitzroy Legal Service
Contact Person: Jen Ward
Jurisdiction: VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 05-09-2017

A booklet with information on: What is Family Law in Australia Definitions of Family Violence Family Violence intervention orders, including the role of the police. What happens to children during separation and divorce Helpful contacts for both perpetrators of violence and victims/survivors of family violence Available in: Plain English, Simple English (for low English-literacy levels), Arabic, Chinese (simplified) Dinka, Oromo, Somali and Vietnamese.

3. Self Representation help for asylum seekers in the Fast Track process
CLC/Agency: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Contact Person: Tanya Jackson-Vaughan
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 07-08-2017

The project aims to provide targeted advice about a person's individual case. Education sessions, advice and factsheets about the fast track process.

4. 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.

5. ‘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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Law Music videos
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

Four music clips have been produced from original songs on a legal information CD called Folk Law.

  • ‘Storms’ is a 4-minute animated pop folk song about family violence. It shows in vivid imagery what defines family violence and support services available. 
  • ‘All Together’ is a funk-rap music clip about the history of law in Australia. 
  • ‘Making Law’ is a reggae song about the government system and how law is made and changed.
  • ‘Beat the Rap’ is a rap about our rights and responsibilities with police and courts.
9. 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.

10. 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
11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Rent Ready
CLC/Agency: Peninsula Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Saskia Weerheim
Jurisdiction: VIC
Date Added: 02-07-2014

Workshop for new renters - can be used as a stand alone workshop. Alternatively, it can be delivered as part of an integrated presentation with other service providers. In our case, we presented with housing and youth agencies as well as Centrelink. Workshop covers:

  • looking for a place
  • moving in
  • surviving and moving out.
15. Factsheets for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
CLC/Agency: Refugee Advice and Casework Service
Contact Person: Tanya Jackson-Vaugahan
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 15-08-2013

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW provided RACS with a grant to design and produce 7 factsheets and a brochure on our services in 6 community languages.

RACS has funded an extra language - Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, Tamil, Turkish and Urdu. The factsheets attempt to provide a straightforward explanation of the current processes to apply for a protection visa and family reunion visas.

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. Anti-Discrimination Law Seminar
CLC/Agency: Hunter Community Legal Centre
Contact Person: Georgia Marjoribanks
Jurisdiction: NSW Commonwealth
Date Added: 24-06-2013

A Hunter Community Legal Centre solicitor will deliver a one-hour presentation on anti-discrimination law to an audience of refugees and migrants at a local community centre.

18. 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
19. 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...

20. Annexures to the Positive Migration Guide
CLC/Agency: HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (NSW)
Contact Person: Iain Stewart Brady
Jurisdiction: Commonwealth
Date Added: 16-01-2013

Annexure 1 is a list of what health checks are usually required and in what circumstance Annexure 2 is the Gazette Notice IMI11/032 Annexure 3 is an example of undertaking required from an employer for a 457 visa Annexure 4 lists factors that DIAC takes into consideration for health waiver Annexure 5 is a list of visas with a health waiver

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