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CLCQ State Conference program

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Day one - Tuesday 10 November 2020

Running a community legal centre

10:00am -11:30am (AEST)

Welcome to Country with Songwoman Maroochy

Plenary - Avelina Tarrago

Avelina Tarrago will present the keynote speech for the opening plenary session.

Avelina is a proud Wangkamadla woman from central-west Queensland, who grew up in Brisbane. She was admitted to the profession in 2009 and called to the bar in 2017 as one of two First Nations women at the bar. Avelina is President of the Indigenous Lawyers Association of Queensland, a Barrister located at North Quarter Lane Chambers, as well as being appointed as a Member of the Councillor Conduct Tribunal and as a Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

She is a member of a number of different legal policy committees relating Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and gives her time and expertise selflessly to a countless organisations. Before going to the private bar, she was a Federal Prosecutor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, worked for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, was a Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Health Ombudsman and Counsel Assisting in the Coroners Court of Queensland.

Avelina is a member of the Indigenous Issues Committee with the Australian Bar Association, the Indigenous Barristers Committee with the Bar Association of Queensland, she is involved with Bush Heritage Australia with the Aboriginal Engagement Committee and Director and the Great Artesian Basin Advisory Council.

This keynote presentation is sponsored by HESTA.

Break for lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEST)

Measuring board performance

Speaker: Dr Ruth Knight

Board performance is vital to the success of an organisation but there are so many competing items on the board agenda, there’s often little time for self-refection and reviewing the boards culture or performance. This can lead to the board feeling they are sinking rather that swimming.

In this session Ruth Knight will discuss how measuring board performance is like a life raft, it can support your board to recognise dysfunctional team dynamics and strategise ways to improve not just what, but how, the board achieves its role and responsibilities.

Dr Ruth Knight is from QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Ruth has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership roles and she has spent the last 15 years studying nonprofit governance, leadership and culture.

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Practice Management and Business Skills

1:45pm - 2:45pm (AEST)

Collaborative service planning

Speakers: Amanda Shipway, Megan Topping and Sarah Chase

Collaborative Service Planning is a key feature of The National Legal Assistance Partnership and involves participation of all legal assistance services. This session provides an update from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General on how collaborative service planning will be conducted in Queensland and how CLCs can participate in these processes.

3:00pm - 4:00pm  (AEST)

Evaluation made simple - everyday ideas to demonstrate impact and improve services

Speakers: Sue Goodwin and Rachel Healy

In this interactive, one-hour session, participants will:

  • Learn what evaluative thinking is (and isn’t), including some ‘myth busting’
  • Tackle some of the barriers to applying evaluative thinking
  • Take away practical tips and methods to incorporate evaluative techniques into core business

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Practice Management and Business Skills

4:15pm - 5:15pm   (AEST)

Online trivia

Are you ready to go head-to-head with your conference participants in this online trivia session? Will you be crowned 'CLCQ State Conference Trivia Winners 2020' or will you take home the wooden spoon? Pick your team mates and a team captain to take part.

Sponsored by Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

Day two - Wednesday 11 November 2020

Supporting people and community

10:00am -11:30am (AEST)

Plenary: First Nations showcase - Community, engagement and knowledge sharing

Speakers: Andrea Kyle-Sailor, Margaret Hornagold, Candice Hughes, Kevin Yow Yeh, Semara Jose, Florence Onus, Wyatt Cook-Revell

In this session, we have brought together a diverse line up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presenters to highlight exciting and innovative community-based programs, tell us about the strategies used to engage with First Nations clients and communities, and to share personal and professional experiences as First Nations workers and leaders.

Suggested CPD: 1.5 units, Professional Skills

Break for lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEST)

Creating a safe working environment: Work health and safety and psychological safety

Speakers: Hedy Cray, Matthew Bannan, Neil Henderson

The panel will discuss the primary obligations of the Work Health and Safety Act and the current trends around workplace injury claims in Queensland, including for the community legal sector.

Find out who holds key accountability and responsibility for identifying and managing safety risk in community legal centre workplaces? What is different about preventing and responding to psychological injuries at work (vs physical injuries) and what are some of the red flags for this type of injury occurring?

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Substantive Law

1:45pm - 2:45pm (AEST)

Getting ready for portable long service leave

Speaker: Rebecca Sampson

The Queensland Government has established a new Portable Long Service Leave scheme for community services workers, commencing 1 January 2021. In this session, Rebecca Sampson, Manager Stakeholder Engagement and Communications at QLeave, will talk through the key elements of the scheme for Queensland community legal centres, including a range of examples of how the scheme will operate for your centre and staff, followed by a Q&A.

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Practice Management Skills

3:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST)

The Human Rights Act: A community legal education showcase

Speakers: Emma Phillips, Helen Blaber

Community Legal Centres have an important role to play in creating a culture of human rights under the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). A key mechanism to do this is through community legal education with the communities they work with and for. This session will explore how your CLC can apply a human rights lens to community legal education (CLE) activities (without the need to be a human rights expert!), and profile a few of the CLE projects undertaken by legal assistance services this year.

This session is sponsored by UQ Pro Bono Centre

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Substantive Law

4:15pm - 5:15pm (AEST)

Networking session - Pro Bono firms and CLCs

Come along to this interactive networking session held on Zoom breakout rooms. Pro bono firms will be available to chat within the virtual room. A perfect opportunity for community legal centres and pro bono firms to meet and discuss current opportunities and projects.

Don't miss this session!

Sponsored by Minter Ellison

Day three - Thursday 12 November 2020

Frontline workers

10am -11:30am (AEST)

Plenary: Domestic and Family Violence Community Lawyering - Working with respondents

Speakers: Brian Sullivan, Thelma Schwartz, Colin Strofield, Rikki-Jane Buckland, Michelle Royes

Since the ‘Not Now, Not Ever Report’ was released five years ago, Queensland Community Legal Centres have been increasingly involved in providing domestic and family violence duty lawyer services to respondents, including in more than 10 magistrates courts across the state. Join our expert panel from the community sector and judiciary, who will provide a valuable insight into the opportunity community lawyers have to protect applicants and change the violent behaviour of respondents.

Sponsored by Transurban

Suggested CPD: 1.5 units, Substantive Law

Break for lunch

12:30pm - 1:30pm (AEST)

Elder Abuse and financial issues affecting First Nations people

Speakers: Simone Matthews and Dr Heron Loban

The abuse of older First Nations Australians by family members, or others with whom they have a close relationship, is difficult to identify and hard to tackle. Assisting Elders who are being subjected to abusive situations or circumstances has formed a growing part of IUIH's legal practice. Simone Matthews will provide a brief overview of legal principles in this complex area, and share her insights into effective advocacy for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing abuse.

Consumer protection law has a chequered history in Australia for safeguarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from unconscionable consumer debt and sharp business practices. ‘Easy’ finance combined with complex contracts has proved a toxic combination for many people. Dr Heron Loban will outline the main consumer protection issues affecting First Nations people and communities, and how consumer protection laws can be harnessed to better effect.

Suggested CPD:  1 unit, Substantive Law

1:45pm - 2:45pm (AEST)

Update from the Disability Royal Commission

Speakers: Roslyn Atkinson AO

Join Commissioner Roslyn Atkinson, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland and Joanna Carey, Assistant Secretary from the Engagement Branch of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability for an overview of the findings from the first 15 months of the Commission's hearings. 

The Interim Report, released on 30 October 2020, says people with disability experience attitudinal, environmental, institutional and communication barriers to achieving inclusion within Australian society. It shows that a great deal needs to be done to ensure that the human rights of people with disability are respected and that Australia becomes a truly inclusive society.

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Substantive Law

3:00pm - 4:00pm (AEST)


Speaker: Megan Mahon

Suggested CPD: 1 unit, Practical Legal Ethics

4:15pm - 5:15pm (AEST)

Closing session 

Come along to this session for a First Nations closing ceremony from Tribal Experiences and an end of conference prize draw for attendees of this session.