Copy
Plain Language Law newsletter No. 107
October 2020
View this email in your browser

Community legal education 

Auspicing for not-for-profits (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Justice Connect
This webinar from Justice Connect will provide an overview of common auspicing arrangements and the key legal issues to consider, including what should go into an auspicing agreement. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 13 October, 12.45pm. Register

 

Protecting Young People from Sexual Exploitation (NSW), 2020, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
This webinar from Women’s Legal Service NSW will provide an overview of the key protections available for vulnerable young people at risk of sexual exploitation including the age of consent, consent to medical treatment, online safety and the recent update to the Crimes Amendment (Special Care Offences) Bill. Presented by Fern Hoang (Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service NSW). This webinar will take place on Wednesday 14 October, 11am. Register

 

Managing member disputes and conflict on the committee (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Justice Connect
This webinar from Justice Connect will provide an overview of what the law requires you to do when a conflict or complaint arises between members or committee members of your not-for-profit. Importantly, the webinar also arms you with practical tips on how to both avoid and manage disputes if they do arise. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 27 October, 12.45pm. Register

 

Domestic Violence and Centrelink - getting help during Covid (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Women’s Legal Service NSW
In this webinar from Women’s Legal Service NSW, the Welfare Rights Centre will provide an overview of what welfare supports are available to women affected by Domestic Violence or financial hardship during Covid-19. The session will give some useful information about getting Centrelink help for women in crisis or who are struggling due to the current Covid-19 circumstances. This webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 November, 11am. Register

 

Data security for not-for-profits (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Justice Connect
This webinar from Justice Connect recognises that since Covid-19 with so many employees now working from home, your organisation is probably facing new challenges in how to manage data security, protect personal information and avoid data breaches. To help you navigate your organisation’s legal obligations, they will walk you through the personal information lifecycle: from collection, through to use and disclosure, storage, complaints and the data breach notification laws, with plenty of practical privacy tips along the way. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 10 November, 12.45pm. Register

 

Get #social not #sued - social media and the law for not-for-profits (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Justice Connect
This webinar from Justice Connect will provide an overview of the key legal risks you face when you publish content on social media, including privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property and defamation. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 24 November, 12.45pm. Register

 

Financial reporting for not-for-profits (Australia), 2020, [Webinar], Justice Connect
The end of the year is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to make sure you understand your organisation’s obligations around keeping records and reporting on financial performance. In this webinar from Justice Connect, you'll gain an overview of your obligations and useful tools and tips to help manage your organisation’s financial reporting requirements. This webinar will take place on Tuesday 8 December, 12.45pm. Register

 

Covid-19 Public Health Orders update - Q&A (NSW), 2020, [Webinar recording], Legal Aid NSW
In this webinar, lawyers from Legal Aid NSW are interviewed and answer participants' questions about the NSW Covid-19 Public Health Orders (PHO) and fines. Topics include: the latest on the PHO and an overview of recent changes; what options clients have if they get PHO or other fines (including WDOs); and how to refer clients for free legal help. Watch

Guides to the law
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Australia), 2020, [Guide], Your Story Disability Legal Support

Your Story Disability Legal Support is a free national legal service. They give information and legal advice to people about safely sharing their story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission).  Their clients are people with disability, their families, carers, supporters and advocates. They only give legal advice to individuals, not organisations.

Legal Aid Commissions and community-controlled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services’ lawyers deliver Your Story Disability Legal Support across Australia. Your Story used to be called the Disability Royal Commission Legal Service or DRCLS. In March 2020 they changed their name to Your Story Disability Legal Support. They did this to emphasise their independence from the DRC.
 
They have several resources including short videos, factsheets and a flipbook. These resources are about common legal concerns people might have when sharing their story with the Disability Royal Commission.  Their resources are available in different formats at www.yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au.  There are tips on their website to assist in navigating and using their resources with clients.
 
They have four transcribed webinars for professionals who work with people who may wish to share their story with the Disability Royal Commission. You can find their webinars and videos on the Your Story Disability Legal Support YouTube channel.
 
Your Story Disability Legal Support welcomes referrals where clients have concerns about sharing their story with the Disability Royal Commission. You can use their Legal Referral Checklist to find out if their advice may assist a client. You can connect them to clients by calling 1800 77 1800 or emailing yourstorydisability@legalaid.qld.gov.au. You can also complete and return a referral form available on their website.

Other guides

Visa information for international students in NSW (NSW), 2020, [Factsheet], Redfern Legal Centre
This factsheet provides visa information for international students studying in NSW during Covid-19. It includes information for international students whose studies have been interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, and explains what to do if your current visa has expired. It also contains eligibility information for temporary Covid-19 visas. Download PDF »
Renters’ Guide to Covid-19 (NSW), 2020, [Guide], Tenants’ Union of NSW
The Tenants' Union of New South Wales has produced a comprehensive guide on common questions about renting and Covid-19 in NSW. The guide has been developed to provide legal information about situations that may arise as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and is updated regularly as the situation changes. It is available in seven community languages: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (modified), Korean, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. They are available on their website.

Online self-help tools from Legal Aid NSW 

Legal Aid NSW has launched two new online self-help tools that will assist people to decide what to do next regarding their fines and low complexity traffic offences. The tools have been developed with input from clients and Legal Aid NSW lawyers, as well as provide information and direct links to further assistance, if required.

Fines

FineFixer NSW is an online self-help tool that takes people through a series of simple questions and provides them with useful, ranked options to deal with their fines: whether by challenging them, applying to pay in instalments, getting legal help or other options depending on their circumstances. Visit »

Traffic Offences

Legal Aid NSW's Traffic online self help tool takes people through a series of simple questions and provides options to help people make a decision about what to do next with common traffic offence problems such as driver licence suspensions, fines and needing to attend court. Visit »

 

New Podcast from Legal Aid NSW’s Elder Abuse Service

Launched in late August, this new podcast series produced by Jessica Sullivan and presented by Tanya Chapman, both from the Legal Aid NSW Elder Abuse Service, looks at elder abuse cases from across Australia. The podcast seeks to raise awareness of elder abuse, as well as to make the law and legal processes in this field accessible, approachable and interesting. Listen »

 

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
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Website Website
Email Email

About this newsletter

This newsletter is produced by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW with assistance from the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) at the State Library of NSW. 
 
Want more plain language legal information?
Visit Find Legal Answers 
Visit LawAccess NSW or call 1300 888 529
© Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, 2020.
Plain Language Law is a bimonthly newsletter. Please feel free to pass this email on to others who may wish to subscribe.

Interested in submitting content for inclusion? Please contact us:
Law and Justice Foundation of NSW 
Level 13, 222 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 | PO Box A109, Sydney South NSW 1235
T +61 2 8227 3200
E publications@lawfoundation.net.au

The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW uses MailChimp to manage its subscriber list and send emails.
You are receiving this newsletter because you gave us permission to email you or you opted in at our website www.lawfoundation.net.au

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list