Plain Language Law newsletter No. 96
December 2018
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Community legal education

Ask Lois: Update on the proposed changes to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW), 2018, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at the recent changes made to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and how they might affect your clients. Presented by Carolyn Jones, Senior Solicitor, Women's Legal Service NSW. This webinar will take place on Thursday, 13 December 2018 at 11am. Register for free.
The Ask LOIS webinar program for 2019 will be published in December. Topics include:
  • Reproductive Rights and Family Breakdown in LGBTIQ families
  • Three years on: Changes to the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013
  • The new family violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010
  • The new criminal offence of "Strangulation" under the Crimes Act 1900
  • The Indigenous Women's Legal Program at Women's Legal Service NSW
  • Criminal offences and civil remedies under the Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Act 2018.
Keep an eye on the Ask Lois website for upcoming webinars!
Financial Reporting for NFPs (Australia), 2018, [Webinar], Justice Connect
$30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529,
The end of the year is approaching so it’s the perfect time to make sure you understand your organisation’s obligations around keeping records and reporting on financial performance. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 4 December from 12.45 to 2pm. Book online
Human Rights Law in Practice (NSW), 2018, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), $130, 02 8898 6503,
This workshop is for community workers to understand Human Rights and how Human Rights laws are applied in Australia. You do not need a background in law to participate in this workshop. It is relevant for community workers and volunteers seeking to support and uphold the Human Rights of people in their communities. Please email Sarah Ludowici for further information. The workshop takes place on 3 December 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. 
Law for Community Workers On The Go

These helpful podcasts are designed for community and other frontline workers. They provide an easy way to keep up-to-date with legal topics, changes to the law and the services offered by Legal Aid NSW. There are currently twelve podcasts in the series, covering NDIS – the basics, changes to guilty plea processes, changes to sentencing and the Disability Support Pension.
Guides to the law
2019 Legal Topics for Older People Diary, (NSW), 2018, [Booklet], Legal Aid NSW
The Legal Topics for Older People diary provides information about seniors’ rights, consumer law, aged care, community phone numbers and a list of agencies and services for older people. There is no cost for this publication. Diaries will be available from 1st December 2018. Order NOW by going to the publications order form on the Legal Aid NSW website and selecting the topic ‘older people’.
A Practitioner’s Guide to Domestic Violence Law in NSW (NSW), 2018, [Web page], Women’s Legal Service NSW
A plain-English guide to domestic violence law in New South Wales, produced by the solicitors at Women’s Legal Service NSW. It covers a range of topics, including:
  • Working with clients experiencing domestic violence
  • Domestic violence and technology
  • Domestic violence and immigration law
  • Domestic violence and housing
  • Domestic violence and immigration
This resource is available online, as an eBook in multiple formats and in hard copy.
Helping your client with legal issues: a guide for community workers (NSW), 2018, [Web page] Department of Justice NSW, LawAccess NSW and Legal Aid NSW
This online resource provides information about common legal problems that clients of community services might face, and points workers in the right direction to get further information or legal advice. Topics include Centrelink, driving, housing, neighbourhood disputes, and workplace issues.

A PDF version is also available here.
12 money tips for Christmas (Australia), 2018, [Web page], ASIC
ASIC’s MoneySmart has created a list of twelve money tips for Christmas to help you keep your spending in check while still enjoying the festive season. The webpage also features a video starring Goldie Spendwell – part agony aunt, part superhero, part 80s rockstar, who shares her tips for getting through Christmas without breaking the bank.

Dealing with a mortgage interest rate rise (Australia), 2018, [Web page], ASIC
With interest rates beginning to rise, ASIC’s MoneySmart website has created a webpage with tips to help home owners deal with increases in their mortgage repayments.

About this newsletter

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