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1. Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver
CLC/Agency: Financial Rights Legal Centre
Contact Person: Drew MacRae
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 12-07-2017

The Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver can help people through the complications, pitfalls and hurdles of car insurance. Click on the Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver button, answer a few simple questions and the Problem Solver will lead you to the actions you should take and provide you with all advice, sample letters, detailed fact sheets you require. Available on your tablet, smart phone or desktop at mva.financialrights.org.au, the Motor Vehicle Accident Problem Solver is accessible any time of the day to help answer some of the most common questions people face when they have an accident and are navigating the tricky insurance terrain.

2. Piano Forte
CLC/Agency: Suncoast Community Legal
Contact Person: Toni Wills
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC
Date Added: 24-03-2017

Piano Forte is an educational theatre project that uses a fictional narrative to provide information about wills and Enduring Powers of Attorney whilst exploring the subtleties of elder abuse. It aims to arm seniors with legal information to help safeguard them from these types of abuse, as well as introduce the legal and support services available to help them.

3. Below the belt
CLC/Agency: Victoria Legal Aid
Contact Person: Community Legal Education
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 09-09-2016

Victoria Legal Aid, in partnership with five legal aid commissions and two community legal centres, developed and released a native Android app called 'Below the belt'. The app was for young people and covered age of consent, consent, cyber-bullying and sexting.

4. 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.
5. 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.

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. Not-for-profit Law Information Hub
CLC/Agency: Justice Connect
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 25-07-2014

Not-for-profit Law’s website has hundreds of legal information resources for not-for-profit community groups and organisations in all states and territories. Resources are written in simple language and cover a wide range of legal issues,  from starting up through to running an organisation and changing or ending an organisation. Topics include:

  •  Getting started
  • Running the organisation
  •  The people involved
  •  Seeking funds and holding events
  • Communications and advertising
  •  Important agreements
  • Reporting to government
  • Insurance and risk
  • Tax
  • Disputes and conflicts
  • Working with others, and
  • Full details | Visit website
8. Pro Bono Legal Services in Family Law and Family Violence
CLC/Agency: Australian Pro Bono Centre
Contact Person: Daniel Jacobs
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 24-02-2014

Despite the fact that more lawyers and law firms are becoming increasingly involved in pro bono service delivery, obtaining pro bono legal assistance in family law matters is very difficult, with many pro bono providers and referral schemes simply not accepting applications for pro bono assistance in family law.

In many areas, this assistance is also difficult to obtain via CLCs and Legal Aid. This Research Report was undertaken to uncover why this is so.

9. Self-Incrimination & Social Media
CLC/Agency: National Children's and Youth Law Centre
Contact Person: Ahram Choi
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC
Date Added: 15-11-2013

This project provides legal information to children and youth about their rights and responsibilities when using social media, with a particular focus on self-incrimination. The NCYLC website "Lawstuff" provides relevant information for each state and territory:

  1. ACT
  2. NSW
  3. NT
  4. QLD
  5. SA
  6. TAS Full details | Visit website
10. Pro Bono Partnerships and Models
CLC/Agency: Australian Pro Bono Centre
Contact Person: Daniel Jacobs
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 30-05-2013

'Pro Bono Partnerships and Models: A Practical Guide to What Works' provides practical information on what works well in collaborative pro bono projects.

It provides tips on how to attract pro bono partners and maintain effective partnerships. Detailed case studies illustrate the benefits, challenges and the features of effective projects using all major models of service delivery, and draws on the expertise of a broad range of stakeholders with experience in the delivery of pro bono legal assistance, including law firms of all sizes, pro bono clearinghouses, community legal centres, not-for-profit organisations, barristers, in-house and government lawyers, and law schools.

PDF 11. 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 12. 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 13. 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...

14. Submission to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre (WA)
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 15-04-2013

Submission on the impact of the Bill on Western Australia's parliamentary sovereignty and law making powers.

The submission questions the impact of the bill on Western Australia’s sovereignty and law making powers. It also calls for transparency in the distribution of Commonwealth funding into the State Managed Fund (Mental Health) Account.

 

15. Living without Violence - Domestic Violence Toolkit (WA)
Contact Person: Chantel Cotterell
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 15-02-2013

The 'Living without Violence' toolkit is a series of information sheets for people in WA who have experienced domestic violence and who are in the process of separating or have recently separated from their partner.

The information sheets will be provided by community or legal workers to clients. Practical information is provided about rights in relation to:

  • Checklist and useful contacts 
  • Centrelink and domestic violence 
  • Debt and domestic violence 
  • Fines and domestic violence 
  • Immigration and domestic violence 
  • Divorce and domestic violence 
  • Property and domestic violence 
  • Parenting and domestic viol...
16. Elephant in your room?
CLC/Agency: Barwon Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Mikala McIntyre or Jillian Chapman
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 08-01-2013

Barwon Community Legal Service took a large fibreglass elephant on a three-month tour of its catchment area to raise awareness about family violence.

It combined the tour with various CLE events over the 90 days (Stop Violence Against Women - Month of Action, White Ribbon Day, Human Rights Day etc).

About the Elephant

She started life in Wodonga in 2009 as a community art project and was produced by a group of women who have survived living with family violence. She has been beautifully decorated in two halves. The left hand side is black and white and depicts the downside of abuse and the devastation it causes to people's lives. The right hand side is colourful and depicts the upside and joy...

17. Factsheets and information kits for employment law issues in Western Australia
CLC/Agency: Employment Law Centre of Western Australia (Inc)
Contact Person: Michael Geelhoed
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 03-08-2012

The Employment Law Centre's website provides a number of factsheets and information kits. The factsheets summarise a number of common employment law issues under laws applicable to Western Australian employees.

The information kits provide guidance on considering, lodging and completing claims under laws applicable to Western Australian employees.

18. Patient Rights Booklet
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 10-05-2012

In 1996 the Western Australian mental health laws changed significantly. This booklet helps people understand what these changes mean and how their legal rights have been altered.

The booklet is designed to help anyone involved in the mental health system to understand what happens and why, but most importantly who has the power to do what and when.

The information is important for involuntary patients – knowing their rights and responsibilities can help them protect themself and help them gain greater control over their own life.

19. Submissions on the Draft Mental Health Bill (WA) 2011
CLC/Agency: Mental Health Law Centre
Contact Person: Sandra Boulter
Jurisdiction: WA
Date Added: 10-05-2012

The Mental Health Law Centre made submissions on the Draft Mental Health Bill in relation to the consultation provisions in the Bill. MHLC addressed submissions on the following subjects:

  1. Children
  2. Consultation
  3. Criteria for Involuntary Orders
  4. Cultural and Linguistic Sensitivity
  5. Legal Representation in the Mental Health Tribunal
  6. Media
  7. Mental Illness Definitions Advanced Health Directives Readability
  8. Physical and Dental Health Submissions
  9. Council of Official Visitors
  10. Assaults and Complaints
  11. Assent, Consent, Capacity and Informed Consent
  12. Mental Health Tribunal
  13. Referrals & Transport
20. Social Justice Opportunities
CLC/Agency: National Pro Bono Resource Centre
Contact Person: Daniel Jacobs
Jurisdiction: ACT WA NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC Commonwealth
Date Added: 08-05-2012

Social Justice Opportunities is the first national social justice careers and volunteering resource that lets you know about all the opportunities in one easy to access guide, with opportunities both within and outside university, and at every stage from being a first year student, through to PLT and graduate positions.

This project comprises a 20-page booklet and a website. The project is also on Twitter and Facebook. The booklet is primarily distributed through law career fairs and events.

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