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Plain Language Law newsletter No. 97
February 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 5 February from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Board inductions for not-for-profits (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529, nfpenquiries@justiceconnect.org.au
Our popular Board Induction webinar is ideal for new board members or those looking for a refresher on their roles and responsibilities. The session covers the main legal duties of board members, the legal standards for decision-making, and the importance of your organisation’s legal status, rules and legal purpose. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 12 February from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online
 
‘Strangulation’ and the new offence under the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at the introduction of a new strangulation offence in NSW including why the law has been changed and what information clients who report that they have been strangled or who are at risk of this sort of harm should be given. Presented by Kira Levin, Solicitor and Community Legal Education Officer, Women’s Legal Service NSW. This webinar will take place on Thursday 21 February 2019 from 11 to 11.30am. Register for free

Social media & the law for NFPs (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529, nfpenquiries@justiceconnect.org.au
This webinar will discuss the key legal risks when you put content on social media, including privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property and defamation. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 26 February from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online
 
Privacy law for NFPs (Australia), 2019, [Webinar], Justice Connect, $30 to $50 + booking fee, 1800 637 529, nfpenquiries@justiceconnect.org.au
This webinar will walk you through the personal information lifecycle – from collection, through to use and disclosure, storage and access, complaints and the new data breach notification laws. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 12 March from 12.45pm to 2pm. Book online

Advocacy strategies (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) $125-$250, 02 8898 6503, piac@piac.asn.au
This one-day workshop teaches the building blocks of good advocacy and how to effectively work with government and other decision-making bodies. Participants will have the opportunity to plan an advocacy strategy around a real issue in their community or from their work. The workshop covers: advocacy tools, how government works, how to advocate for issues with government, working with politicians, legal strategies in advocacy, planning an effective advocacy strategy around your issue, engagement and empowerment. The course can be taken in conjunction with Advocacy skills (see below) to form a two-day workshop. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 12 March from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm at the PIAC training room, level 5, 175 Liverpool Street, Sydney. Register online or call Lena Lowe on 02 8898 6503.

Advocacy skills (NSW), 2019, [Workshop], Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), $125-$250, 02 8898 6503, piac@piac.asn.au
This one-day workshop provides skills to advocate with confidence and intelligence. The workshop covers: influencing and pitching skills, skills and strategies for influencing decision makers, planning a delegation, determining targets, goals, allies and opponents, negotiation skills, principles of interest-based negotiation, using emotions in negotiation, planning negotiation, media skills including planning your media message, what makes a good story and working with the media. The course can be taken in conjunction with Advocacy strategies (see above) to form a two-day workshop. For more information email Senior Training Officer Sarah Ludowici. The workshop takes place on Wednesday 13 March 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.
 
New laws to protect tenants who are victims/survivors of domestic violence (NSW), 2019, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar looks at the new domestic violence provisions introduced as part of recent amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. Presented by Kellie McDonald, Senior Lawyer, Women’s Legal Service NSW. This webinar will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019 from 11 to 11.30am. Register for free

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

Law for Community Workers On The Go


This podcast series aims to help community and other frontline workers help their clients by providing an easy way to keep up-to-date with legal topics, changes to the law and the services offered by Legal Aid NSW. Recent episodes feature the Work and Development Order Service, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) presented by Professor Elizabeth Elliot, My Health Record, the Coronial Inquest Unit, and the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse with knowmore Principal Solicitor Prue Gregory. Download podcasts
Guides to the law


Drink driving charges and you (NSW), 2018, [Pamphlet, web page], Legal Aid NSW
This pamphlet helps you prepare for court if you are pleading guilty to drink driving and explains the penalties. From Monday 3 December 2018, the Alcohol Interlock Program was extended to apply to all first-time, middle-range drink-driving offenders and to first time offenders convicted of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Visit the Legal Aid NSW Order a publication web page and select the topic ‘Traffic and Driving’ or read information online
 


Drugs, driving and you (NSW), 2018, [Brochure, web page], Legal Aid NSW
This brochure helps you prepare for court if you are pleading guilty to a charge of Driving Under the Influence of a Drug or other drug related offences. It outlines the applicable penalties and gives information on the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment Program (MERIT) program. Visit the Legal Aid NSW Order a publication web page and select the topic ‘Traffic and Driving’ or read information online

Guided pathways provide tailored help with everyday legal problems

LawAccess NSW has launched two new online guided pathways to help individuals resolve their legal problems quickly, cheaply and fairly without having to go to court.
  • 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.
These self-help tools guide people on their options based on their circumstances, including providing them with tailored legal and non-legal information, resources and referrals. The guided pathways are part of the Department of Justice NSW's suite of reforms in the Civil justice action plan released in December 2018.

How can I bring my refugee family here? (NSW), 2018, [Booklet], Legal Aid NSW
This booklet outlines in plain language the steps required to bring family members to Australia through the Australian Government’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Publication also available in Arabic, Dari/Farsi and Assyrian. Visit the Legal Aid NSW Order a publication web page and select the topic ‘Government and Rights’ or read information online
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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) at the State Library of New South Wales.
 
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