Plain Language Law newsletter No. 100
August 2019
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LawAccess NSW joins Legal Aid NSW

LawAccess NSW joined forces with Legal Aid NSW on 1 July 2019. The change will provide streamlined access to help for people across NSW seeking legal assistance over the phone. Over 40 publicly available Legal Aid NSW phone numbers will be consolidated into one 1300 number, fulfilling the original purpose of LawAccess NSW. Call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 or visit

Community legal education

Fines Law 101 (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Legal Aid NSW, free
This webinar is for anyone who assists people with fines. The webinar covers fines law and the options available for dealing with fines in NSW. This includes information about the fines cycle, dealing with Revenue NSW, getting legal advice and who is eligible to do a Work and Development Orders to clear their fines. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 6 August from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Register

Mastering meetings (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30-$125 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Are you responsible for planning, running or taking part in committee meetings, board meetings or Annual General Meetings? We can help! This webinar will walk you through the why, what, when and how of meetings and your organisation’s various legal obligations at each stage. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 13 August from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Young people and criminal law (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Legal Aid NSW, free
This webinar is for anyone who works with young people. You will hear about the work the Children's Legal Service does, the criminal law issues that can affect young people, our education program for young people and what to do if you are supporting or working with a young person in trouble. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 13 August from 2pm to 3pm. Register

Member disputes and conflict on the committee: navigating the legal processes (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30-$125 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Conflicts and disputes are stressful events, and the success of your not-for-profit organisation can depend on how effectively you manage them. In this session you'll learn what the law requires you to do when a conflict or complaint arises between members or committee members of your not-for-profit. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 20 August from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Policing, domestic violence and the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women's Legal Service NSW, free

This webinar explores the system of law enforcement oversight in NSW and how it might assist in improving the policing of domestic and family violence. Presented by Louisa Dear, Manager, Community Engagement, Law Enforcement Conduct Commission. This webinar will take place on Thursday 22 August from 11am to 11.30am. Register

Let’s get started: setting up & running a not-for-profit organisation (Australia), 2019 [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30-$125 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Congratulations, you’re starting a community organisation! Join our “Get Started” webinar and get off to the best possible start. In this webinar, our friendly lawyers (who speak like you, not like lawyers!) will share their handy tips and give you loads of important legal info to give your group a solid foundation to build on. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 27 August from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Get #social not #sued – social media and the law (Australia), 2019 [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30-$125 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Social  media can help not-for-profit organisations expand their reach and grow awareness of their cause, but it also has the potential to cause damage to the organisation, its clients, employees or volunteers. Sign up today for this webinar and we’ll step you through the key legal risks when not-for-profit organisations publish content on social media, including: privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property and defamation. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 3 September from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Privacy laws for not-for-profits (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30-$125 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
Do you work or volunteer in a not-for-profit organisation? Do you collect personal information? If so, this session is for you. This webinar is a must for anyone involved in a not-for-profit organisation that wants to know more about privacy law and best practice for managing the personal information of clients, members, volunteers and others. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 17 September from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

The impact of the Modern Slavery Act (NSW) on victims support legislation (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women's Legal Service NSW, free
This webinar looks at the impact of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 on the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 and in particular how you can assist clients affected by modern slavery to access victims support under the Victims Support Scheme. Presented by Rebecca Dominguez, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie. This webinar will take place on Thursday 19 September from 11am to 11.30am. Register

WDO administration masterclass (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Legal Aid NSW & Revenue NSW, free
This webinar is for organisations and health practitioners that sponsor Work and Development Orders (WDOs) and it covers administrative and reporting requirements of the WDO Program. Designed for new and prospective sponsors, or anyone wanting a refresher. This webinar will take place on Thursday 3 October from 10.30am to 11.30am. Register
Guides to the law

Ageing & Disability Commission (NSW), 2019, [Website]
NSW's first Ageing and Disability Commissioner was appointed by the government on 1 July 2019 to better protect adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation. The NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner is Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM (right) who has previously served as Productivity Commissioner, Community and Disability Services Commissioner, and Deputy Ombudsman in NSW. Visit website

Legal Aid NSW 2019 Catalogue now available

This catalogue of free Legal Aid NSW publications is designed for organisations who order and maintain stocks of their publications. Download PDF
Charmed and Dangerous: A Woman's Guide to Reclaiming a Healthy Relationship (NSW), 2019, [Booklet], Legal Aid NSW
Originally published by the Tweed Shire Women’s Services Inc, and now published by the Legal Aid NSW Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program (WDVCAP), this popular booklet about domestic violence is back in stock, with an updated section on strangulation. The booklet explains the cycle of violence and how victims get trapped in abusive relationships, safety planning, and what to do and how to stay safe if you decide to leave your relationship. Order copies 
Download PDF Arabic | Chinese (sim) | Dari Farsi | English
Divorce factsheets1-5 (NSW), 2019, [Web pages, pamphlets], Legal Aid NSW
This set of five factsheets provides helpful information about how to obtain a divorce. Read the information online (click on links below) or order copies
Divorce factsheet 1 – Applying for a divorce 
Divorce factsheet 2 – Serving your divorce documents
Divorce factsheet 3 – Separation under the same roof
Divorce factsheet 4 – How to use the Commonwealth Courts Portal  
Divorce factsheet 5 – Serving divorce documents when your spouse is in prison

Elder abuse helpline launch

A national elder abuse free call number 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) has been launched by the Commonwealth government. The helpline is part of a national plan recommended by the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians (Elder Abuse) 2019-2023

Employment Problems: Spot the Signs (Australia), 2019, [Flyer], Legal Aid NSW
This flyer helps workers identify when they should get employment law advice. It covers issues such as unpaid trials, superannuation rghts and dismissal as well as information on the help that is available from Legal Aid NSW.

Fast food, restaurant & cafe workers: know your award (Australia) 2019, [Web pages], Fair Work Ombudsman
These new easy-to-use, interactive online resources, designed for employers and workers, are aimed at addressing the widespread problem of underpayment and non-compliance in the hospitality industry. Access information on a range of topics such as pay, hours of work, allowances, leave, and termination. 
– Fast food, restaurants and cafes overview
– Fast Food Industry Award
– Restaurant Industry Award
Guide to public housing rental bonds (NSW), 2019, [Information sheet], Tenants' Union of NSW
On 1 November 2018, the NSW Government introduced FACS rental bonds to help reduce damage to properties by tenants. The rules around this bond are different to bonds in the private market in a number of ways. This information sheet explains how the scheme operates, how to review or appeal a FACS decision, and how to get your bond back at the end of your tenancy. 
Read online | Download PDF

LawAccess NSW launches two new guided pathways

Two more online guided pathways are now available to help individuals resolve their legal problems quickly, cheaply and fairly without having to go to court.
  • The recovering money guided pathway is for small businesses or people trying to recover money from another business or person.
  • The resolving fencing disputes guided pathway is for people who want to do fencing work or people whose neighbour want to do fencing work.
Earlier in the year, guided pathways were released on the topics of unpaid council rates and mortgage stress. Visit guided pathways
Legal help for veterans and their dependents (NSW), 2019, [Podcast], Legal Aid NSW
The Veterans’ Advocacy Service is a statewide specialist service of Legal Aid NSW helping veterans and their dependents get access to services and benefits. Learn about how this service can help your clients. 
Rest assured: a legal guide to wills, estates, planning ahead and funerals in NSW, 2019, [Book, online], State Library of NSW
The 6th edition of this popular book by Rosemary Long and Trudy Coffey is now available online and in hard copy. It explains the legal processes when someone dies and provides practical information about making a will, obtaining probate, the duties of an executor and family provision. It covers the procedures when there is no will (intestacy) and the rights of family members. It also discusses powers of attorney, advanced care directives (living wills), funerals, burial and coroner's cases. The book is available in the Find Legal Answers Tool Kit at your local public library. 
Read online | Order copies (free for community legal organisations, limit of 2 copies) | Purchase from the State Library shop ($22.00)
Ripped off – your rights about unpaid wages and entitlements at work (NSW), 2019, [Booklet], Legal Aid NSW
This booklet is aimed at young workers and provides information about wages and entitlements, and how to claim and recover unpaid amounts.
Supreme Court bail (NSW), 2019, [Brochure], Legal Aid NSW
On 3 June 2019 the rules around applying for Supreme Court bail changed. There is a new applictaion form and applications can no longer be faxed. This brochure explains how to apply for Supreme Court bail, what happens after an application form is submitted and how to get legal aid for Supreme Court bail.
Tenancy law videos (NSW), 2019, [Videos], Legal Aid NSW
Legal Aid NSW has launched a series of animated videos to provide information on tenancy – one of the top legal issues for newly arrived refugees who are assisted by the Legal Aid NSW Refugee. The videos cover four key issues:
  • starting and ending a lease
  • repairs
  • bonds
  • condition reports
The aim of the videos is to raise awareness about tenants’ rights and the related services that Legal Aid NSW and tenancy services provide. The videos have been translated into Arabic, Assyrian, Dari and Kurdish Kurmanji. Access videos via YouTube

Tenants' Union moves flagship publication to email newsletter

Check out the first online issue of Tenant News which covers healthy homes, water restrictions, electricity, social housing stories, 'protected tenants', and more. 
Subscribe now to keep updated on the latest issues for people in social housing, boarding houses and private rental.
The Repair Kit: Getting FACS Housing to repair your home: A legal guide for public housing tenants in NSW (NSW), 2019, [Booklet], Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service at Redfern Legal Centre
The Repair Kit is designed to support public housing residents to navigate the process of requesting repairs and modifications to their home, empowering tenants to advocate for themselves in getting home repairs done. Recently updated, it explains the operation of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and the role of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal in helping tenants to get repairs done in public housing properties. Download PDF
There's a better way than payday loans (NSW), 2019, [Flyer], Legal Aid NSW
This flyer provides information about the help that is available for people who have expensive, short term loans that are hard to repay. Download PDF
Read online | Order copies

For legal advice about payday loans call:
Financial Rights Legal Centre 1800 844 949
LawAccess NSW 1300 888 529
When can I? The age when you can legally do stuff (NSW), 2019, [Webpage, poster]
Legal Aid NSW has launched an online resource for young people about the legal age for doing things like opening a bank account, leaving school or getting a tattoo. The new webpage explains young people's right to talk to a lawyers and how lawyers can help them. Get contact numbers for getting free help with legal problems and do an online quiz. Community workers, librarians and teachers can download a poster to display in youth centres, libraries and schools.
To order stickers, please email
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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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