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Plain Language Law newsletter No. 98
April 2019
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Community legal education

Starting a not-for-profit (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529, nfpenquiries@justiceconnect.org.au
If you’re involved in setting up a new community organisation or need to refresh your knowledge on the legal basics, this introductory session is for you. The session looks at the basic structure of (an unincorporated) community group, what incorporation means and how to do it, what is involved in auspicing and what it means to be a charity. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 9 April from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online.

Update on changes to the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at the first five years of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013 and provides an overview of recent changes to this legislation. Presented by Kira Levin, Solicitor and Community Legal Education Officer, Women’s Legal Service NSW. This webinar will take place on Thursday 18 April 2019 from 11 to 11.30am. Register for free.
Family Violence Law Help (Australia), 2019, [website]
Launched on 11 March, this website was developed by Legal Aid NSW on behalf of National Legal Aid and was funded by the Government as part of the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-22. It provides information on domestic and family violence, domestic violence orders, family law, child protection and how to get legal help. One in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner since the age of 15.
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Advanced Negotiation Skills (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) $125-$250, 02 8898 6503, piac@piac.asn.au
This one-day workshop includes the ‘principled’ or ‘interest-based’ negotiation approach from the work of the Harvard Negotiation Project. This workshop covers: understanding the core concerns of your opposition, creating opportunity for both yourself and other party, dealing with power imbalance, planning negotiations and managing impasse. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Wednesday 1 May 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.
 
Human Rights Law in Practice (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) $130, 02 8898 6503, piac@piac.asn.au
This workshop is for community workers to understand human rights and how human rights laws are applied in Australia. It covers: international human rights law, human rights protection in Australia and discrimination. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Monday 6 May from 10am to 1pm at the PIAC training room, level 5, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Register online or call Lena Lowe on 02 8898 6503.
 
Screening Checks for NFPs – the What, When, How and Why! Webinar (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529, nfpenquiries@justiceconnect.org.au
Are you involved in recruitment and management of staff and volunteers in your community organisation? Do you want to make sure you are implementing an effective and legally compliant screening program? Do you want to be up to date with the laws and processes around Working with Children Checks and Police Checks? If so, this webinar is for you! This webinar will take place on Tuesday 7 May from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online
 
Advanced Media Skills (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) $400, 02 8898 6503, piac@piac.asn.au
In this unique workshop you will build up your media skills and receive personal coaching from leading industry professionals. You will develop an understanding of what the media want, how to get the message out and what to do when things go wrong. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 28 May 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.

Law for Community Workers On The Go

This podcast series provides 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. Episode 18 looks at immigration law and what to do if you have clients on a temporary visa whose relationship has broken down due to family violence. Episode 19 profiles the Legal Aid NSW Refugee Service, covering the work they do, the people they help and how to refer clients to this service.
Guides to the law

Criminal offences (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
Three factsheets have been updated recently: Consorting (March 2019), Drug Offences (February 2019), Common Offences: Weapons and Implements (updated February 2019) and Cybercrime (December 2018). 
Criminal procedure (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
The factsheet on Convictions and Criminal Records was updated in December 2018.

Guided pathways provide tailored help with everyday legal problems

Earlier this year, LawAccess NSW launched two new online guided pathways:
  • The unpaid council rates guided pathway is for people who are worried about paying their local council rates or have fallen behind with their rates.
  • The mortgage stress guided pathway is for people who are worried about paying their home loan or have fallen behind in their home loan repayments.
Under the Department of Justice NSW's suite of reforms in the Civil justice action plan, LawAccess NSW is currently developing two more guided pathways: 
  • The recovering money guided pathway is for small businesses or people trying to recover money from another business or person.
  • The dividing fences guided pathway is for people who want to do fencing work or people whose neighbour want to do fencing work
The guided pathways are self-help tools that aim to help people resolve their legal problems quickly, cheaply and fairly without having to go to court. They guide users on their options based on their circumstances, including providing them with tailored legal and non-legal information, resources and referrals.
For more information, visit LawAccess NSW
Legal issues for youth workers (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
Two factsheets have been updated recently: Age of Consent – Issues for Youth Workers (December 2018) Confidentiality and Privacy for Youth Workers (January 2019).
New domestic violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010, (NSW), 2019, [information sheet], Tenants’ Union of NSW
New domestic violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 commenced 28 February 2019. Tenants in circumstances of domestic violence are now able to end their tenancies by serving a termination notice, with relevant evidence, and vacating. A victim-survivor of domestic violence will be protected from breach fees and costs for property damage in some circumstances. A landlord or agent will not be allowed to list information in a tenancy database when the tenant has terminated the lease due to domestic violence.
Online Safety, Start the Chat (Australia), 2019, [website]
On 15 March, the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, a new campaign was launched to help parents, carers and teachers start the chat about online safety. Research shows that more Australian kids than ever are having negative online experiences, including cyberbullying, unwanted contact from strangers and social exclusion. This national campaign provides resources to help keep young people safe.
Traffic factsheets (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
Three of this handy set of factsheets have been updated recently: Confiscation, impounding and forfeiture of vehicles (February 2019), Important changes to licence disqualification laws (and how to get disqualifications lifted) (December 2018) and Licence suspension and appeals (December 2018).
 
Victims of crime factsheets (NSW), 2019 [Web page], The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre
The factsheet on Victims’ compensation and support was updated in January 2019.

Working with Children Checks – Not happy with a decision? (NSW), 2018, [Factsheet], Legal Aid NSW
The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) decides if you get a Working with Children Check (WWCC). If you get a letter saying you didn't get a WWCC, you may be able to ask the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) to review the decision. This factsheet is about how to apply for a review and where you can access legal help.


Working with Children Checks – What do I need to know? (Aborginal & Torres Strait Islander people) (NSW), 2018, [Factsheet], Legal Aid NSW
A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is done by the Office
of the Children’s Guardian (OCG). This factsheet explains when you need one, how to apply for one and what happens after you apply.

Working with Children Checks – What do I need to know? (NSW), 2018, [Factsheet], Legal Aid NSW
A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is done by the Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG). This factsheet explains when you need one, how to apply for one and what happens after you apply.
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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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