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Upcoming webinars

Domestic violence and trauma informed practice

Community legal centres are a key stakeholder in assisting victims of domestic violence (DV) with advice and support.

In this webinar, Rachel Neil (Principal Solicitor, Women’s Legal Service), will discuss trauma and the effect of victims of DV, the importance of validating the victim through trauma informed practice, and assessing safety through interviewing. Rachel will provide some practical tips to help you get the best information from your client while minimising the negative impact.

11am, Tuesday 24 April 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


The implications of Brisbane Youth Service Inc v Beven for CLCs

Work health and safety (WHS) and risk management issues are important considerations for community legal centres, but in rare cases, our clients may themselves present a risk to CLC staff. These questions were considered in the recent case of Brisbane Youth Service Inc v Beven [2017] QCA 211 on appeal from the Supreme Court.

Helen Whitehead from Ashurst will take us through the implications of these decisions for WHS, risk management and employer duty of care in CLCs in today's webinar.

10am, Friday 27 April 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


National legislative changes to payday lending and predatory leases

Consumer leases and payday loans are often targeted at the most vulnerable members of society. Community legal centres and consumer groups frequently assist victims of this predatory behaviour, that ignores or hinders the borrower’s ability to repay the debt. In March 2017, consumer advocates from around the country met at Parliament House to lobby for #FairFinance. 

In this webinar, Gemma Mitchell and Georgina Molloy from the Consumer Credit Legal Service WA Inc will provide an update on recent (and much needed) changes to the national laws around payday lending and predatory leases.

12pm, Tuesday 1 May 2018 (Brisbane time)                                 Register here


Managing financial difficulty and debt: A financial counselling perspective

As community professionals working to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people, it's important to understand the financial difficulties our clients sometimes face. They may be struggling with mounting bills and debt, and unaware of their options. Having a framework to help our clients understand the options available to improve their financial situation is crucial in helping them get back on their feet.

Join Shungu Patsika and Janet Inglis from Consumer Action Law Centre, as they provide a financial counselling perspective of the difficulties our clients face, and offer tips for how you can best support them.

2pm, Tuesday 8 May 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


The RTA's role in managing disputes and ensuring compliance in the rental sector

With over one third of Queenslanders living in rental accommodation, disputes and compliance issues inevitably arise. In this webinar, Lynn Smith from the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) will provide an overview of the RTA services, statistics and common tenancy issues including case examples.

Lynn will step through the process for resolving disputes between tenants and landlords/agents, and discuss compliance provisions under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (Qld).

11am, Thursday 10 May 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


Dealing with sexual harassment complaints in the workplace

Drawing on high profile sexual harassment scandals in media, entertainment and corporate Australia, Rachel Drew, Partner at Holding Redlich, will address the important area of handling sexual harassment issues and complaints arising from workplaces. Rachel will provide an overview of what sexual harassment is, legal definitions, the elements of employer liability, and what to do if you receive a complaint of sexual harassment.

The webinar will also discuss victims’ rights under the law, the remedies available to victims, and how to prevent unacceptable behaviour.

10am, Tuesday 15 May 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


Reproductive coercion and domestic violence

Reproductive coercion can result in life-changing consequences for women who are experiencing domestic violence, however, it is an area fraught with difficulty – both for the victim and for the community legal centre solicitor assisting them.

In this webinar, Katherine Kerr from Children by Choice will outline what reproductive coercion involves, why it’s important for family lawyers to be alert to this issue, and where to refer clients for more assistance. Katherine will also provide guidance on how best to respond to this issue, both on an individual basis, and on a systemic level.

11am (TBC), Friday 25 May 2018 (Brisbane time)                                    Register here


Pitfalls and challenges with self-made wills

The DIY revolution has resulted in the emergence of some unconventional estate planning methods, ranging from self-made will kits, to wills written on the back of receipts, and even an unsent text messages on a mobile phone.

New Way Lawyers encounters many interesting and challenging examples in their Wills and Estates Team, with many community legal centres sharing this experience. In this webinar, New Way will share some case studies and discuss the legal issues that can arise with these wills, such as attempting to obtain probate, and the additional burden and costs to executors and beneficiaries.

11am, Thursday 7 June 2018 (Brisbane time)                                       Register here


Leveraging low and no cost tech tools to boost CLC effectiveness

Finding time and money to invest in IT is enormously challenging for community legal centres, yet it is increasingly necessary given the roles that our systems and data play in meeting funder requirements, providing effective services, and promoting systemic change. 

In this session, Skye Forster, Director of Operations at the Consumer Action Law Centre will demonstrate how one CLC is transforming clunky internal processes and siloed teams into a collaborative and efficient workplace using low or no cost technology (and a whole lot of consultation).

10am, Wednesday 13 June 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


Changes to welfare fraud prosecution

In recent times, there has been a sharp decline in the welfare fraud prosecution rate by the Department of Human Services (DHS), which may come as good news to community legal centre workers and the people they help. 

In this webinar, Scarlet Wilcock, Lecturer at the University of Wollongong and Board Member of Welfare Rights Centre, will seek to illuminate the reasons underpinning this trend, and highlight the potential for sustained reform of welfare fraud prosecution strategies, including: 

  • the effect of quantitative prosecution targets 
  • changes to the pool of cases selected for prosecution, including the reduction in the proportion of women prosecuted for welfare fraud 
  • the uptake and development of an intelligence-led policing approach to fraud investigations, and 
  • the changed culture among fraud investigators. 

Scarlet will deliver this webinar in partnership with the National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN).

3pm, Monday 18 June 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


Technology, ethics and the law

Technology presents an ever evolving set of opportunities and challenges for community legal centres. Understanding the ethical dimensions to these issues is paramount.

In this webinar, Fabian Horton, Lecturer at The College of Law, technology expert and CLC alumni, will discuss the connections between ethics and technology, how we can identify solutions to the new ethical dilemmas technology can bring, and how community lawyers can make a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion about ethics, technology and society.

1pm, Thursday 28 June 2018 (Brisbane time)                                Register here


Meet our funders

Thank you to the Foundation for Rurral and Regional Renewal for supporting the webinar program.