Plain Language Law newsletter No. 99
June 2019
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Community legal education

Tenancy Law for Non-Lawyers (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) $250, 02 8898 6503,
A one-day introduction to tenancy laws for community workers who assist or advocate for clients about housing. Learn how to help your clients with tenancy and housing issues from the experts at the Tenants’ Union of NSW. This one-day workshop will help to clarify the complicated field of tenancy law and give you knowledge, skills, and confidence in this area. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 18 June from 9am to 4.30pm at the PIAC training room, level 5, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Register online or call Lena Lowe on 02 8898 6503.

We’re All in This Together – Employees, Volunteers and the Law Webinar (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Not-for-profit organisations thrive on the combined skills of their teams. But, when it comes to the law, there’s a number of key legal differences between employees and volunteers, and even interns. Participants will learn the legal differences, and what matters in the eyes of the law. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 18 June from 12.45 to 2pm. Book online or access past webinars on demand

Domestic Violence and Communication Technology (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar will present findings from the ACCAN funded study Domestic violence and communication technology: Victim experiences of intrusion, surveillance, and identity theft. This is the first Australian study focused on survivors’ experiences of technology-facilitated coercive control. Findings are based on interviews with 20 domestic violence survivors in NSW and Queensland and online focus groups with key stakeholders. Presented by Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz and Dr Bridget Harris from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, QUT. This webinar will take place on Thursday 20 June 2019 from 11 to 11.30am. Register

Indigenous Women's Legal Program (IWLP), (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
Find out about the Indigenous Women's Legal Program at Women's Legal Service NSW including: How IWLP workers can support your clients – The legal issues that IWLP can assist with – How to contact the IWLP. Presented by solicitors and Community Access Officers from the IWLP. This webinar will take place on Thursday 18 July 2019 from 11 to 11.30am. Register

JusticeConnect launch Gateway Project

Congratulations to Justice Connect on the official launch of their innovative Gateway Project which features three co-designed products:
– an intelligent online intake and triage tool to help people find out if they are eligible for Justice Connect's services and enable them to apply online
– a referral tool to help workers that want to find the right legal help for their clients make referrals 
– a pro bono portal to connect Justice Connect with its network of 10,000 pro bono lawyers 
Guides to the law

A guide to indictable appeals (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
If a person is tried or sentenced in either the District or Supreme Courts and they appeal, it is called an “indictable appeal”. If the Crown appeals the sentence imposed on someone in the District or Supreme Court, this is also an “indictable appeal”. Indictable appeals go to the Court of Criminal Appeal. This brochure provides information about indictable appeals process and how to apply for legal aid.
Consumers with disability—Where to go for advice or complaints (Australia), 2019 [Factsheet], ACCC
This factsheet is for consumers with disability and their carers and support networks. It will help you find the right place to go if you need advice or have a complaint about an NDIS service provider, the NDIS Commission or the NDIA.

NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission rollout across Australia

The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission) is an independent agency established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. The NDIS Commission operates in NSW and SA. From 1 July 2019, it will operate in ACT, NT, Queensland and Victoria, and in WA from 1 July 2020. 
T 1800 035 544 (free call from landlines)
Criminal procedure (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
The factsheet Witnesses – your legal rights and obligations was updated in April 2019.
Drink driving charges and you (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
Information on what to do if you are pleading guilty to a drink driving charge or have received a penalty notice for drink driving. Read online

Drugs, driving and you (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
Information on what to do if you receive a penalty notice and 3 month licence suspension for a drug related driving offence, or if you are pleading guilty in the Local Court to a drug related driving offence. Read online
Family law handbook (NSW), 2019, 5th ed. [Book] Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW
The latest edition of the Family law handbook written by Dr Maree Livermore is available in NSW public libraries. Chapters 1 and 2 are also available online. It offers a practical guide for people going through separation and divorce with information on how to negotiate with your ex-partner, making arrangements for children, family violence and property settlements. It also includes sample forms, tips on drafting an affidavit and strategies for preparing for a court hearing.

Getting help after a disaster (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
This Legal Aid NSW Disaster Response Service brochure explains how they can help you if you are affected by storms, floods, or bushfires in NSW. It contains a handy list of useful contacts with phone numbers and websites.
Read online
Hot Topics: Domestic Violence (NSW), 2019 [Online] Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW
Hot Topics is a plain language series about recent changes and current debates in the law. Written by Women’s Legal Service NSW, this issue provides plain language information about domestic violence. It looks at looks at the prevalence of domestic violence and the legal framework that deals with offenders and victims, including AVOs. It covers victims support, family law issues such as parenting orders, and other related legal issues such renting, homelessness, employment and immigration. 
Hot Topics: Voting and Elections (NSW), 2019, revised ed. [Online] Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW
This issue explains the key features of our electoral laws, who can vote, who can stand for election, and how votes are counted. Updated in April 2019 by Professor Rodney Smith from the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. 
Check out all Hot Topics
Law for Community Workers On The Go (NSW), 2019, [Podcasts], Legal Aid NSW
These podcasts provide an easy way for community workers to keep up-to-date with legal topics, changes to the law and the services offered by Legal Aid NSW.
Mortgage stress handbook (NSW), 2019, [Book], Legal Aid NSW & Financial Rights Legal Centre
The new 4th edition of the Mortgage stress handbook explains your options when you are behind on your home loan repayments. It contains sample documents you can use and a list of useful contacts for people having problems with their home mortgage.
Trouble making your home loan payments because you have separated from your partner? (NSW), 2019, [Flyer], Legal Aid NSW & Financial Rights Legal Centre
This resource explains how you can negotiate with your lender about changing or reducing your payments for a period of time and where to find financial counselling and legal advice. Available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese and Chinese (simplified). Read online

Need immigration advice? Talk to us. (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
This brochure outlines who Legal Aid NSW are and explains that they give free legal advice about refugee and family visas. It provides a list of locations where you can make an appointment with a Legal Aid NSW lawyer to obtain advice.

Brochure available in English, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Burmese, Vietnamese, Tamil, Thai, Indonesian and Chinese.
Sexual Assault Communications Privilege Service (SACPS) (NSW), 2019, [Postcard], Legal Aid NSW
If you have ever been the victim of a sexual offence, your records are protected by the Sexual Assault Communications Privilege (SACP). This postcard contains the contact details of the Legal Aid NSW SCAP Service. Order
Traffic factsheets (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
Two of these handy factsheets have been updated recently. Traffic Fact Sheet 4 – Licence suspension and appeals and Traffic Fact Sheet 8 – Drugs, alcohol and driving (both updated May 2019).

Working with Children Check (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
This comprehensive 13-page guide to WWCC screening process administered by the Office of the Children’s Guardian NSW was updated in May 2019.

About this newsletter

This newsletter is produced by Catherine Carpenter from the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW with assistance from the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC).
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