Plain Language Law Newsletter No. 115
March 2022
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Guides to the law

Guide Discrimination Toolkit 
Legal Aid NSW
The 4th edition of the Discrimination Toolkit brings together the latest in discrimination law and a great new design. This is an essential resource for community workers, advocates and lawyers who want to help clients who are experiencing discrimination. It will also be available at over 100 libraries across NSW. View online or order here.

Guide | Going to court: How can Legal Aid NSW help you?
Legal Aid NSW
This guide explains what to do if you have received a Court Attendance Notice for a criminal offence and have to go to a Local Court in New South Wales.
A pdf version is also available here, in the publications section of the Legal Aid NSW website

Guide | ‘Do your own divorce’ factsheets 
Legal Aid NSW
This series of 5 factsheets outlines how to apply for and manage your own divorce. They have been updated with new legal information and recent amendments to court processes - and a fresh new design.
Titles include:
Factsheet 1: Applying for divorce
How to get started
Factsheet 2: Serving your divorce documents
How to give your divorce documents to your partner
Factsheet 3: Separation under the same roof
How to apply for a divorce if you’ve been living with your partner while separated.
Factsheet 4: Filing your divorce application online
How to eFile your divorce application on the Commonwealth Courts Portal.
Factsheet 5: Serving divorce documents when your spouse is in prison
Special rules for giving divorce documents to your partner when they are in prison.

You can read in plain text or listen to these publications, view as a pdf or order or order hard copies online here.

Guide | Renters Guide to COVID-19 (NSW)
Tenants’ Union of NSW
The Tenants' Union of NSW produces a renters guide to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide is regularly updated as health advice and measures are put in place under the Residential Tenancies Act to ameliorate the impact of these on tenants in private and social housing. It is available in seven community languages: ArabicChinese (traditional)Chinese (modified)KoreanSpanishThai and Vietnamese.
They are available on their website.

Resources | Ask Lois
Women’s Legal Service NSW
Created and run by Women’s Legal Service NSW, Ask LOIS is a website providing a free legal online information service (LOIS) for community workers in NSW who are responding to women with legal needs. Ask LOIS provides a useful resource library and monthly webinars presented by solicitors and experts on a wide range of legal topics. 
Webinars »
Resources »

Factsheets from Legal Aid NSW in relation to COVID-19

Legal Aid NSW has produced a range of resources and collated resources from other Government departments to assist individuals affected by legal issues during COVID-19. A range of factsheets about COVID-19 and the law are available on the Legal Aid NSW website. These factsheets may be useful for sharing with your colleagues or with clients who are seeking clarification about the Public Health Orders or other everyday legal problems during the pandemic.
  • Public Health Orders
  • Courts, police and crime
  • Domestic violence
  • Families, relationships and children
  • Government, social security and rights
  • Housing and tenancy
  • Jobs and employment
  • Money, debt and fines
  • Practitioner resources
  • Resources from other government organisations
The full suite of Legal Aid NSW factsheets can be found at the COVID-19 resource hub


Webinar | Immigration Advice and Rights Centre’s (IARC) Lunchtime Immigration Series
Ongoing. From Thursday, 7 April 2022, 12-1pm
IARC is a not-for-profit, specialist community legal centre providing free legal advice and assistance in immigration and citizenship law to people throughout New South Wales. IARC’s lunchtime legal education seminars are designed to help community workers who support people from migrant and refugee backgrounds better understand Australia’s immigration system. Their immigration seminars will give participants:
•     an overview of a variety of topics related to immigration;
•     a better understanding of the immigration process;
•     the skills to identify an immigration problem; and
•     information about where and how to refer a client for expert legal advice.
For any questions, please contact Sienna at
Register »

Webinar | Social Media & the Law
Justice Connect
Tuesday, 12 April 2022, 12.45-2pm
Cost $35-$60
In this webinar, Justice Connect will step you through the key legal risks for not-for-profit organisations that engage with social media, and how to manage these risks. It will cover Legal considerations when curating content, including confidentiality and intellectual property, defamation laws, personal information and privacy issues and how to manage content posted by others.
Register »

Information Sessions | Free Legal Talks for Community Workers
South West Sydney Legal Service
South West Sydney Legal Centre provides free legal services for disadvantaged and marginalised communities in the south west Sydney region. They regularly host free legal talks for community workers and their clients on how to understand and protect legal rights, how to avoid and address legal problems and how to get legal help.
For more information call 02 9601 7777 (Mon, Tue & Thu 10am-12pm), or visit their website.


Podcast | Renting Matters  
Legal Aid NSW and Tenants Union of NSW
Renting Matters is a new series which explores all aspects of tenancy and other living arrangements, such as boarding or lodging and living in a Land Lease Community in NSW. This series is a joint project between the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales and Legal Aid NSW. There is useful information in this episode about how community workers can help clients looking for a new place to live. This series is a joint project between the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales and Legal Aid NSW. Listen here »

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