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Community Legal Centres Queensland

Success stories

  • 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 no oth...
  • 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)...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Samantha* is a resident of a retirement village and attended a talk about Retirement Living Options presented by the Park and Village Information Link.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ‘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 Centr...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • “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...
  • “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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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