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Upcoming webinars

Changes to SPER

The State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) is responsible for collecting and enforcing unpaid fines and court orders in Queensland, and community legal centres are often asked to assist clients with SPER debts. In this webinar, Liam Atkinson from SPER’s engagement team will discuss how SPER enforces debts, options available to finalise debts and SPER’s program of work.

10am, Thursday, October 5, 2017                     Register here

Compelling narratives for consumer advocates, CLCs and financial counsellors

Consumer advocates, community legal centres and financial counsellors change the lives of Australians every day, but the movement uses language that helps opponents and creates an emotional disconnect. To change more lives, we need to transform the way we talk about ourselves and the people we serve. Jonathan Brown (Consumer Action Law Centre) will discuss the findings of his report ’People who help people’, produced as part of the Australian Progress Messaging and Communication Fellowship 2016 with the support of internationally renowned language expert Anat Shenker-Osorio. In this webinar, Jonathan will give a range of practical tips we can use to improve our messaging.

2pm, Friday, September 22, 2017                         Register here


Constituent relationship management (CRM) allows non-profit organisations (like community legal centres) to consolidate constituent information along with their donor or participation history into a valuable resource that we can use to improve the quality and impact of our work. How can CLCs use these tools to achieve our objectives of quality legal help, and contributing to a fair and just society? In this webinar, Daniel Stone (Principle Co) will talk about the value that CRMs offer, case studies of their usage and compare products that might be suitable to help us manage our relationships, share our stories, and build strong movements and healthy communities.

11am, Thursday, October 12, 2017                        Register here

Governance and community legal centres

The time, enthusiasm and expertise that Management Committee members contribute to community legal centres and communities is a great asset to the sector. Management Committees operate as a leadership team, setting the strategic vision, direction and goals for the centre’s operation, and as a governance body and employer, working cooperatively with staff and volunteers. In this webinar, Penny Sullivan (Community Legal Centres Queensland) will reinforce principles and processes that support sound governance, accountability and ethical conduct.

2pm Monday, October 23, 2017                                 Register here

Working with media

Community legal centres and their clients have important stories to share with policy makers, service providers, and the general public. One way that we can share these stories is through mainstream media, and many community legal centres use these media channels to argue for increased funding, advocate for better laws/policies, and celebrate successful cases and outcomes. In this Q&A panel, Cathy Baker (Community Legal Centres Queensland) asks a group of experienced journalists how CLCs’ media work can be more effective, and tips and tricks for your media work.

1pm Tuesday, October 31, 2017                                Register here

Social security overpayments and debt recovery: Recent developments 

Social security debt recovery has received significant recent media attention. This webinar provides a great opportunity for Community Legal Centre workers to get across recent developments and trends in social security debt matters. Peter Sutherland, co author of 'Social Security and Family Assistance Law' and Convenor, Legal Aid Clinic at the ANU School of Legal Practice, will deliver this webinar in partnership with the National Social Security Rights Network (NSSRN).

3pm Tuesday, November 14, 2017              Register here

Suitability matters before & after admission in Queensland

Many CLCs host clinical programs, PLT students and move admission of students, who must disclose a range of matters in their applications to practice, with some of the most under-appreciated issues involving academic misconduct, Centrelink overpayments, infringement notices and traffic offences. Bill Mitchell (Townsville Community Legal Service) has assisted students with admission and disclosure issues, and will discuss a number of relevant issues for people seeking admission to legal practice in Queensland.

10am Monday, November 20, 2017              Register here

Credit and debt issues arising from the end of the mining boom

Communities across regional Australia are being affected by the downturn in mining and resource jobs, and the impacts this is having on workers’ jobs, families, homes, and finances. In this webinar, Gemma Mitchell (Consumer Credit Legal Service WA) will cover repossession of family homes and investment properties, shortfall debts, lenders mortgage insurance, early release of superannuation, the financial ombudsman’s approach to mortgagee sales, and an update on the law around payday loans.

12pm, Tuesday, November 21, 2017                  Register here

Binding financial agreements

Australian family law allows married or defacto couples to make legally binding (enforceable) financial agreements about their property. These agreements can be made before, during or at the end of a relationship. In this webinar, barrister Philip Sorensen will discuss drafting agreements and ensuring enforceability, changing and challenging agreements, enforcing parties’ rights, and managing risks in our legal practices.

10am, Thursday, November 23, 2017                        Register here