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Community Legal Centres Queensland

Success Stories

  • Legal Aid
    Leo is a teenager from Townsville who began self-identifying and presenting as a male in his early teens. He had professional medical support and the support of his parents for his gend...
  • We were able to assist Tiana*, who is a vulnerable New Zealand national and not entitled to any form of assistance from Centrelink, in an appeal against a decision by the Queensland Dep...
  • Paul* is 70 years old and from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. He was estranged from his entire family – including his adult children – for many years, leaving him w...
  • A solicitor from Gold Coast Community Legal Centre assisted Paula*, who had two children. One of her children had seen their mother experience significant physical violence while they w...
  • 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...
  • Lee*, who is from Eritrea, wished to bring her daughter into Australia. However, she had not previously declared her daughter’s existence in her application for her own visa. This was a...
  • Pam* lived with her husband, her two year old child and a younger baby. She came to South West Community Legal Centre for help and told a lawyer that her husband’s verbally abusive, thr...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • Max*, an unemployed Indigenous man was staying in emergency accommodation at a local homeless shelter. Max had been threatened by his ex-partner and was distressed and in fear for his s...
  • Margaret* approached Pine Rivers Community Legal Centre seeking assistance with the recovery of money owed to her.  She had lent a friend over $8,000 a few years ago which was always pr...
  • Melissa* was having difficulties meeting an order issued by the Court about custody of her child. She was to drop off her kids at a location midway between where she lived and the fathe...
  • Legal Aid
    67 year old Sam*, lives off his pension. He doesn’t own any assets and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Sam had been in a motor vehicle accident while having a fit from a lack of insul...
  • Environmental Defender’s Office North Queensland advised residents and community groups operating in Kuranda about an environmental impact assessment process for a proposed tourist deve...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Frank* is a 72 year old man, and English is his second language. He contacted Cairns Community Legal Service for help because he was in a secured dementia facility after an acute health...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • Legal Aid
    Janet* was unhappy and uncomfortable living in her own home as a result of the verbal and emotional abuse she was enduring at the hands of her tenants – and former friends – Lisa-Marie...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • The Taylor Street Community Legal Service was approached by ADA Australia to assist Jean*, a young woman living with autism and complex mental health issues. This was to appeal a findin...
  • 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...
  • Sue wanted to sign off on an agreement for her two young children to live with their father full-time. The agreement left the father with all of their net assets. She had been worn down...
  • 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...
  • Harriet* is a child who no longer has contact with her parents. She receive payments from Centrelink to survive. Harriet was attacked outside of a shopping centre, where she was repeate...
  • 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 formal...
  • Alice had to flee her rental property for her and her children’s safety. Her partner had physically attacked her and put her in hospital. While in hospital her partner breached the prot...
  • Mary’s* children had been removed by the Department of Child Safety, and because of the size of the family, the children had been placed at different locations across Queensland. So tha...
  • Legal Aid
    James uses a motorised wheelchair and doesn’t mind a boogie. Visiting a local club, he parked his wheelchair on the dance floor and was dancing in his seat for 20 minutes before he was...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • 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...
  • Barkhado arrived in Australia as a refugee after fleeing Somalia. Because she couldn’t speak English, she was unaware that her date of birth had been incorrectly recorded on her immigra...
  • 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)...
  • Legal Aid
    John was diagnosed with a cognitive impairment and a persistent depressive disorder. Due to an application by John’s mental health team, his finances were now being managed by the Publi...
  • Gillian* is 17 years of age. She sought assistance with obtaining an urgent temporary protection order, due to the serious acts of domestic violence committed against her by her also yo...
  • Ben was charged with breaching a domestic violence order by instructing a third party to serve divorce papers on his wife. Ben did not realise that this was a breach of a “no direct con...
  • 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 LawRi...
  • 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...
  • Anne’s* former partner David was denying her a meaningful relationship with their children. She was also experiencing domestic violence from her new partner and had mental health issues...
  • Legal Aid
    Ano* came to Australia after meeting Johnny through a mutual friend. She is learning English, but still has some difficulties in communicating.  Ano is now separated from Johnny and is...
  • Child Safety had removed four children from their parents, and while the Department worked with the parents, the grandparents were caring for the children. Each child had suffered serio...
  • Hava, who was from Myanmar wanted to lodge a protection application. He had a strong fear of returning to his home country, and would be at serious risk of being removed from Australia...
  • 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...
  • 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 inc...
  • Legal Aid
    Belle had been renting a house for two years when a new Property Manager arrived. The Property Manager made on-the-spot inspections and was loud and overbearing. Belle gave a Notice of...
  • 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...
  • Yohannes is a 50-year-old refugee from Ethiopia who arrived with limited English. When he was new to Australia, he was charged with common assault. He hadn’t understood what was cultura...
  • Penelope was a young woman experiencing mental illness and a severe brain injury as a result of chronic alcoholism and an attempted suicide. When Penelope met with the volunteer lawyers...
  • 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...
  • Helen* was in deep conflict with the father of her children in relation to the arrangements for their children. There was a bitter and entrenched conflict that risked the child’s safety...
  • Legal Aid
    Hannah* is a mother of two young children who were in foster care for nearly two years. She told Suncoast Community Legal Service that the father of the children had sexually abused the...
  • Caxton Legal Centre's Seniors Legal and Support Service helps seniors experiencing elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation. Their intervention model has social workers and l...
  • “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...
  • At 70 years old, Dorothy* found herself living at a women’s shelter after leaving her abusive husband of 45 years. Dorothy tried leaving a number of years prior, but ended up homeless a...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • 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...
  • Jenny*, a Torres Strait Island woman, was seriously assaulted by her non-indigenous partner which left her bruised, with injuries and caused her to temporarily lose consciousness. She c...
  • Legal Aid
    Tom, a young indigenous prisoner who was sentenced as a juvenile was released on court-ordered parole. Queensland Corrective Services imposed a range of parole conditions on him, includ...
  • Panapa, 61, came from New Zealand 23 years ago looking for new opportunities. Last year he had to stop working due to serious health issues. He began to struggle to pay his essential co...
  • Legal Aid
    Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) advocate Nick Collyer successfully raised the need for police and people with a lived experience of mental illness to work together towards better...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • 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...
  • Fred*, a young indigenous man was the subject of successive applications for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for his diagnosed schizoaffective disorder. Queensland Advocacy Incorporated...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    Jim* is illiterate and has a serious brain injury. His sole income is a disability support pension. Jim approached a financial services provider and they lent him money to buy a house a...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    Michael was charged with a serious assault. He had an intellectual disability and mental health issues that made him extremely vulnerable. A lawyer from South West Brisbane Community Le...
  • Legal Aid
    Robin* visited Australia on a working holiday six years ago when she met, fell in love with and married an Australian. She experienced extreme physical violence perpetrated by her husba...
  • Gary* was attempting to appeal a decision that would mean that he was no longer able to get subsidised taxis. He had an interview with the Taylor Street Community Legal Service who told...
  • Geoff* lives in rural Queensland and his employment with a local council was terminated after he sustained a workplace injury.    LawRight worked with K&L Gates and barrister, Donna...
  • Lauren* got advice from Central Queensland Community Legal Centre regarding her separation from her husband and other property matters. Lauren had little money, and time was running out...
  • Legal Aid
    May, a woman with mental health issues was refused parole on her first attempt. Prisoner’s Legal Service helped her participate in programs to address the reasons for the refusal. Priso...
  • Rose has dealt with multiple serious medical conditions for many years. She is now 58 and lives with chronic pain. She recently had extreme difficulty paying for the necessary physio an...
  • Sue* came to Bayside Community Legal Centre to talk about a retaining wall on a neighbour’s boundary.  The neighbour was an elderly lady who lived alone, and was very concerned with the...
  • Harry* was having difficulties reaching a custody agreement with his ex-partner, who had moved three hours away from where he lived. His ex-partner was not letting Harry see their child...
  • Tom and his son were renting a property. A new real estate agency took over as the property manager and a routine inspection was carried out. Tom was issued with a Notice to Remedy Brea...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    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,...
  • 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.
  • Sarah* went to Goondiwindi Community Legal Centre requesting urgent legal advice, and a referral to Toowoomba Legal Aid was processed. After this, she needed further assistance regardin...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Angela’s* child was in the custody of child protection authorities. The child was dearly loved by the family, who were struggling to have their voices heard and their child returned to...
  • Jenny lived with her 11-year-old son and his father. The father had been verbally and physically abusive towards the son and the abuse would be directed towards Jenny if she tried to in...
  • 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...
  • Queensland Advocacy Incorporated assisted Bill* who was subject to multiple successive electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) applications to treat his schizoaffective disorder. Bill had consi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Holly* has an intellectual disability, and receives a disability pension.  Holly lent her friend some money but when she asked for the money back her friend said that Holly owed her mon...
  • Theresa is a young mother who suffered significant long-term injuries from her partner’s attacks. When she tried to flee her home, she couldn’t find a new rental because she had been wr...
  • Legal Aid
    Phillip’s wife gave birth to a premature baby. He applied to take urgent personal leave to support her and other family members. His employer denied his leave application. When he came...
  • Samantha* is a resident of a retirement village and attended a talk about Retirement Living Options presented by the Park and Village Information Link.
  • 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...
  • Sally* fled the family home with her three children due to domestic violence. One of the children was severely disabled. Her husband changed the locks while she was gone. She came to So...
  • Legal Aid
    On behalf of Australian Conservation Foundation, the Environmental Defender’s Office Qld sought a review of the legality of Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s re-approval of Adani...
  • 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...
  • North Queensland Women's Legal Service assisted Penny to have her 11 month old baby, Sally, returned to her care after the baby’s father had taken her to Mt Isa. At the time, Penny was...
  • Julie* had agreed for Liam to move with their daughter from Mackay, provided that she would be able to see their daughter in the new city monthly and be able to frequently call her daug...
  • Legal Aid
    Susan, aged 76, has been financially abused and threatened by her grandson Scott for over 12 years. At one point, Scott promised to take Susan grocery shopping but unexpectedly took her...
  • The Environmental Defender’s Office Qld represented the Oakey Coal Action Alliance– a community group with more than 60 farmers and residents. The group wanted to put in an objections t...
  • Legal Aid
    Willow*, a young adult with a serious chronic and life-threatening illnesses, wanted independence. She was living at home trying to make ends meet by doing chores for her parents and th...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • 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...
  • Kylie*, who did not speak English, approached Gold Coast Community Legal Centre seeking assistance with a divorce application. Kylie had been separated for over 5 years and had not been...
  • The Taylor Street Community Legal Service has recently assisted a client to overcome a decision made by QCAT that suspended his decision-making rights despite having decision-making cap...
  • Jane* went to Central Queensland Community Legal Centre for advice related to the death of her de-facto husband. She wanted to access her husband’s superannuation fund. They had a child...
  • 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 executor...
  • Nick was having issues with repair and maintenance of the property he was renting. He issued multiple breach notices to the lessor to try and get things fixed. The repairs needed involv...
  • 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...
  • Doug, a 64-year-old man from a remote area, was sacked following a workplace injury. A regional Community Legal Centre helped James to file his application for reinstatement with the QI...
  • A youth solicitor from South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre recently represented Rose who is17-year-old and was in a relationship with a 29-year-old man. Her partner was verbally...
  • Rita is an Aboriginal woman with five biological children and strong ties to her communities in the Northern Territory and South Australia. In 2014, Rita became the kinship carer for he...
  • Jamie* moved out of his rental property in April 2016, but despite believing he had done everything right, he never received his bond back. After contacting the Residential Tenancy Auth...
  • Legal Aid
    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-...
  • Shirley had enlisted a firm of solicitors to assist in administering her deceased mothers estate. After the solicitors had run up $85,000 in costs on an estate worth $340,000 she took t...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    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...
  • 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...
  • Pamela*, a senior woman in a remote community, had been in a long-term relationship with a violent partner which was impacting herself and her children. Her partner was a binge drinker...
  • 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,...
  • Natasha* went to the Gold Coast Magistrates Court to get urgent assistance with an application for a domestic violence protection order. She was told by the court to talk to one of Gold...
  • Nina had lived in the rented home for one year. At the end of the lease, Nina sought to recover the bond. The Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA) said that the bond was never lodged a...
  • Legal Aid
    Greta* was having a very tough time as her daughter had recently died. To make matters worse, a debt collector was trying to recover her daughter’s debts. Greta needed some assistance w...
  • ‘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...
  • Jeffrey and his wife were getting older but didn’t own their own home, so they gave $96,000 to their son and daughter-in-law to help them buy a property, on the understanding that Jeffr...
  • Margaret* attended TASC’s Rural Women’s Outreach Legal Clinic in December 2015 seeking assistance; she had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. Margaret was not insured. The other...
  • I arrived from my home country, the Philippines three years ago to join my husband who was also from my home country but who had lived in Australia for some time. When I arrived our bab...
  • 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...
  • Nick* is 41 years old and training to be a mixed martial arts professional. He had previously received voluntary treatment for depression, anxiety and a psychotic illness. After Nick’s...
  • 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...
  • Rina* is from a refugee background, speaks English as a second language, and has a history of trauma, anxiety and depression. She is living between friends and is at risk of homelessnes...
  • Vivian was facing termination of her lease because of a failure to pay her rent on time. She suffered from health issues that had caused her to fall behind in her rent payments. Tenants...
  • 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 cancel...
  • Steve* was excluded from school for behavioural issues. Steve had autism and lived in a residential placement in the care of Child Safety. The doctors’ recommendation to manage his auti...
  • 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...
  • Alex* contacted Cairns Community Legal Centre for help with a dispute with an insurance company which came about when she crashed her car. The accident was caused when the other driver...
  • Legal Aid
    David* is a pensioner and English is his second language. When David came to LawRight, he wanted to re-open his QCAT case. The dispute had been resolved – with David agreeing to pay an...
  • Tina was referred to YFS Legal by Queensland Health a year ago. She was going through domestic violence and struggling with mental health issues. Following a family court order she was...
  • 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. He...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bob is a paraplegic.  He recently purchased an electric wheelchair for approximately $9,000. It turned out to be defective. Law students volunteering at Suncoast Community Legal Serivce...
  • 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...
  • Legal Aid
    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...

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