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Community Legal Centres Queensland

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  • Harry, an elderly client had been driving for 60 years without a traffic infringement.  He suffered a slight stroke approximately 4 years ago which impaired his speech slightly but with...
  • Clare is 39 years old and has a part-time job. She lives with her parents and hopes to attend university one day. Clare has significant and long-term mental illness which she is active...
  • A NORTH Queensland training organisation has been accused of discriminating against a student with diabetes after forcing her to inject lifesaving insulin off campus. Wendy Saunders is...
  • Geoff lives in rural Queensland and his employment with a local council was terminated after he sustained a workplace injury.  LawRight organised for K&L Gates and barrister, Donna...
  • Adam has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is classified as a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) veteran. For the last five years, Adam has resided in rental premises establis...
  • Bob* contacted the Cairns Community Legal Centre in relation to a dispute with an insurance company arising from a motor vehicle accident.  The accident was caused when the other driver...
  • The Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) had a positive outcome for an Afghan Hazaral client with a long-running Refugee Family Reunion matter. The client was really put throug...
  • A client contacted the Cairns CLC in relation to a dispute with a health service provider. The client speaks English as a second language and receives Centrelink payments as her only so...
  • Queensland Advocacy Incorporated assisted Bill* who was subject to multiple successive electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) applications to treat his schizoaffective disorder. Bill had consi...
  • Queensland Advocacy Incorporated assisted Steve* who was under a Forensic Order. The health service which was treating him wanted to transfer him to another mental health service. Steve...
  • Teenager Therese is on a disability support pension with borderline personality and post traumatic stress disorders. She was removed from her family as a chilld and complained to LawRig...
  • According to her community worker, teenager Bobby was on the road to prison – a fate that meets many young people exiting the Child Protection system. Bobby was already homeless, had ac...
  • Beth is a survivor of 20 years of family violence, with a deep need for safe accommodation. She moved to Townsville for a fresh start and rented a house, but a break and enter damaged t...
  • With help from Caxton Legal Centre, a severely deaf woman whose repeated requests to police for an interpreter went unheeded has won an appeal to have her discrimination case reconsider...
  • Albert was residing on a small island with a 5 year tenancy agreement. He was required to maintain the property while he resided there. Albert had a falling out with Teresa and Evan, th...
  • John had been employed in his job for three years when he suffered a non-work-related injury which required surgery.  His employer hired another person to fill in for John while he was...
  • “David” arrived in Australia as a two year old and was later taken into state care for 11 years. He experienced 19 different families/carers, and was only ever allocated a temporary res...
  • Suncoast CLS kept two pensioners in their seventies from certain homelessness after QCAT issued a warrant of possession returning their rental home to the landlord at the end of a perio...
  • Theresa*, a vulnerable young mother, was the victim of a series of aggressive attacks by her ex-partner causing her long-term injuries. After fleeing the home, Theresa was unable to sec...
  • An elderly pensioner had purchased a new car and wished to tow his caravan, so required some auto electrical work to be done on the vehicle.  Upon collecting his vehicle he noticed seve...
  • Many thanks to Yolanda for volunteering on Caxton’s front desk. Here’s her story: "I have been volunteering as a Front Desk Student at Caxton Legal Centre since the beginning of 2017 an...
  • The client contacted the Cairns Community Legal Centre in relation to a dispute with an internet service provider. The client was in receipt of a Disability Support Pension. The client...
  • Anna, a 17 year old aboriginal girl, has already endured a lifetime of violence. In 2015, her ex-partner viciously stabbed her and convinced the community to ostracise her. Anna had bee...
  • Gold Coast Community Legal Centre assisted a vulnerable and disadvantage client in a rental (bond) dispute. The client is a victim of domestic violence, is financially limited and vulne...
  • Samantha* is a resident of a retirement village and attended a talk about Retirement Living Options presented by the Park and Village Information Link.
  • “Christopher” was a veteran who was dependant on an invalidity pension from the Military Superannuation and Benefits Scheme (MSBS).  Christopher had been involved in family law property...
  • Mary* was very distraught when she contacted North Queensland Women's Legal Service (NQWLS).  Her husband of 26 years, Alan, had just told her that their marriage was over. He was leavi...
  • Basic Rights Queensland elderly client Sue, had taken a severely disabled child into her home and cared for her for decades, received a payment of $100,000 arrears owed to her by a stat...
  • Jenny had been given an 8 week Unemployment Non-Payment Period after leaving her employment voluntarily. Jenny was working when her beloved pet fell ill with a rare illness. She accesse...
  • Marco*, who has a cognitive impairment, had been employed for many years by a large national chain through an Assisted Employment Program. He had moved into a unit close to his workplac...
  • Jackie called Tenants Queensland looking to end her tenancy due to her poor health which had been greatly exacerbated due to the state of the premises.
  • Matthew is a long term sufferer of mental health issues with minimal vision who enjoyed his employment in the youth sector. In 2016, Matthew lost his job when his Blue Card was cancelle...
  • Lizzie Smith* had three children, including a severely disabled 18 month old.  She fled the family home with her children due to domestic violence. Her then husband changed the locks wh...
  • Hayley* and David* and their two young children lived together as a family until they were evicted from their rental property. Hayley and David were homeless for 3 months. They entruste...
  • Through its new health justice partnership in Cairns with Indigenous health service Wuchopperen, the QPILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic recently assisted “Shanti”, a young mother exp...
  • Catherine approached Basic Rights Queensland as she was unable to qualify for income support due to a “preclusion period” imposed as a result of a compensation payout resulting from a m...
  • A client from a non-English speaking background had decided on training to become a taxi driver and made the relevant applications however received a “show cause” letter from the Depart...
  • Even though Keith* continued to work full time in a fairly well paid job, he became bankrupt shortly after his separation from Jenny due to debts incurred during the relationship. We as...
  • South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre's Outreach Solicitor assisted a woman who had experienced significant domestic violence. She faced a long-winded parenting dispute with her ex...
  • People experiencing chronic disadvantage often have problems with the police, particularly in relation to their presence in public spaces. QPILCH’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic (HPLC)...
  • In about 1989, Trevor was a student at QUT and applying for AusStudy. Centrelink denied his application, saying he was (or should be) dependent on his parents. His father lived in Fiji,...
  • The Taylor St Community Legal Service has intervened to end use of the ‘Mosquito device’ at a local shopping centre. The Mosquito device emits a high frequency tone that is able to be h...
  • Laval Zimmer was 28 years old when a Queensland police officer shot him through the heart at point blank range.  He fell, face down, outside his bedroom door.  He groaned “I’m dying” an...
  • Born with spina bifida, Charlie suffered from faecal and urinary incontinence. Having been a recipient of the disability support pension (DSP), Charlie decided he wanted to try work on...
  • ‘James*’, a 64-year-old man living in a rural area west of Cairns, lost his job and his employer-provided housing  after he sustained a workplace injury. The Cairns Community Legal Cent...
  • Nick* suffered a brain injury in an accident and, as is quite common with brain injuries, he lacked insight into the effect his injury had on his brain function. For several years he at...
  • Volunteers at QPILCH’s Self Representation Service assisted “Nadine” who held an enduring power of attorney for her elderly father. Nadine and her brother were both appointed as executo...
  • Pat* was caring for her late husband Brian during the final stages of his life, when she hired an advisor to sort out her finances. He claimed to be looking out for her best interests,...
  • Queensland Advocacy Inc (QAI)'s Mental Health Legal Service represented Steve under a Forensic Order at a hearing before the Mental Health Review Tribunal relating to an application for...
  • Following a divorce, 64 year old “Phil” became mentally unwell, which set off an enormous chain of problems. He lost his job, couldn’t keep up with his rent and tried to end his life. H...
  • Amy was finding it increasingly difficult to care for her daughter Jodie - who had severe disabilities and required total personal care and intense supervision - without adequate specia...
  • The client came to the Cairns Community Legal Centre after unexpectedly receiving a letter from a debt collection agency requesting the immediate payment of over $900. The letter indict...
  • “George” was admitted to a mental health unit on an involuntary treatment order with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and manic depression. George needed some help with debts that he had in...
  • The Taylor Street Community Legal Service was approached by Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia to assist Helen*, a young woman living with autism and complex mental health issues to...
  • Max* is an unemployed Indigenous man who was staying in emergency accommodation at a local homeless shelter.  Max had been threatened by his ex-partner and was distressed and in fear fo...
  • Ms X is 63 years old and resides in a regional area.  Around 20 years ago, Ms X’s marriage ended after she was subject to significant domestic violence.  To assist with meeting her prop...
  • Michael had been unemployed for some time, his mental health had declined and he fell behind in everything, including his rent. He owed so much and could not cope with the court formali...
  • Betty suffered health problems and financial difficulties after her marriage broke up, and she agreed that her husband Fred could look after their four-year-old daughter Bella* for six...
  • University educated Indigenous woman, “Mary”*, aged 59 year old, was a stolen generation child, sent to a remote community at 3 weeks old.  She had been in a relationship with her husba...
  • Lisa, a single parent working part-time, believed passionately in human rights and equality. She was a long- time supporter of Amnesty International, which had planned a fundraising tre...

Events

ACOSS National Conference 2017

The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event... Read more

Domestic Violence and Family Law Workshop - Moranbah

Women’s Legal Service Queensland in collaboration with North Queensland Women’s... Read more

Domestic & Family Violence and Community Lawyering

Domestic and family violence (DFV) permeates community legal work, spilling... Read more