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1. 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.

2. Community Law Toolkit
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Contact Person: John Jablonka
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 31-01-2017

The Community Law toolkit is for service providers, lawyers and community leaders working with Aboriginal people living in Darwin Aboriginal Communities. The kit was created in 2015-16 as part of a project to understand and respond to legal education needs of Aboriginal people living in Darwin Aboriginal Communities and increase access to and understanding of the Northern Territory (NT) legal system.

3. Northern Territory Law Handbook
CLC/Agency: Multiple agencies
Contact Person: Dorothy Fauls
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 27-01-2017

The NT Law Handbook is an easy-to-read guide to law in the Northern Territory. This approach to providing the community with plain language information on a comprehensive range of legal topics has been developed by AustLII, the NT Legal Aid Commission and the Darwin Community Legal Service, with the support of the Law Society of the Northern Territory Public Purposes Trust. Over 70 people from the legal community, government and community agencies donated their time, expertise and effort to ensure that the text is up-to-date and accurate. All sections have links to the primary legislation and case law as well as further information, including contacts should you require legal advice. Simply browse and click on any of the more than 100 ...

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. 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...

6. The Plain English Legal Dictionary
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 21-12-2016

This Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English. This vital resource helps lawyers, police, judges and other legal staff to communicate with Indigenous people who do not speak English as a first language. The plain English descriptions provide meaningful and clear ways to discuss complex legal topics.

7. The Plain English Legal Dictionary Northern Territory Criminal Law English-Djambarrpuyngu
CLC/Agency: ARDS Aboriginal Corporation
Contact Person: Howard Amery, Hannah Harper
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 06-12-2016

The Legal Dictionary contains over 300 legal terms explained in plain English, and translated into Djambarrpuyŋu (a language of northeast Arnhem Land). Available as a PDF or online interactive version.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. CAWLS Website Translation Project
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Women's Legal Service (CAWLS)
Contact Person: Lauren Macaulay
Jurisdiction: NT Commonwealth
Date Added: 05-08-2015

CAWLS received funding from the NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust to translate basic legal information on our website into a range of Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages. The translations are a combination of audio and written content.

12. Sisters in Law radio program
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Women's Legal Service (CAWLS)
Contact Person: Lauren Macaulay
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 05-08-2015

Sisters in Law is a weekly, half hour radio program on local Alice Springs radio station 8CCC Community Radio 102.1fm. The program explores different legal issues affecting women and provides practical information about how the law works and what assistance is available.

13. Know Your Rights
CLC/Agency: Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service
Contact Person: Vicki Gillick
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 13-05-2015

Immersive legal education project based on 6 sessions of CLE with CAALAS STAFF. Participants are involved in scripting and performing a hip hop music video based on key legal messages discussed. See the YouTube link for the music video.

14. 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.
15. 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.

16. Romgu Dhukarr Dhiyal Australia
CLC/Agency: Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Author: NT LEGAL AID COMMISSION Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 12-03-2015

In 2006, legal services from the Top End of the NT travelled to communities in North Eastern Arnhem Land to provide information about key legal issues in the area and evaluate the unmet legal need in the region. It was identified that community members in the region did not have access to legal education about their rights and responsibilities under the Australian legal system in a language and context they understand.

This DVD was developed in response to that need. The DVD was developed in conjunction with Marthakal Homelands Resource Centre, Duduyngu Pty Ltd, local film makers and clan leaders and filmed at Galiwin'ku. The DVD draws on the existing knowledge of structures of Yolngu law and governance in the region to expl...

17. General law fact sheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

Three general law fact sheets:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Hardship variation to loans
  • Consumer leases
  • LGBTQI discrimination
  • Buying a car with finance

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

18. Employment law fact sheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT Commonwealth
Date Added: 26-02-2015

A series of fact sheets covering employment law issues including:

  • Employment rights
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Criminal convictions and employment
  • General protections
  • Workplace harassment and bullying
  • Work Law in Arabic and Tamil

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

19. Aged and disability advocacy services fact sheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

A series of fact sheets created for the DCLS Aged and Disability Advocacy Service covering topics such as:

  • Advanced Personal Planning
  • Power of Attorney 
  • Wills 
  • Protection Orders 
  • Adult Guardianship

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

20. Tenancy factsheets
CLC/Agency: Darwin Community Legal Service
Contact Person: Saskia Strange
Jurisdiction: NT
Date Added: 26-02-2015

A range of plain language fact sheets outlining tenants rights and responsibilities in the Northern Territory. Topics include:

  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Utilities - Termination by landlord
  • Termination by tenant
  • Security deposits 
  • Condition reports 
  • Discrimination and renting 
  • And more

Fact sheets available from the publications link on the DCLS website.

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