Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

Community Legal Education

Community Legal Education (CLE) describes the provision of information and education to individuals, groups or the community about a person's rights and responsibilities in relation to the law and legal processes.

ALS staff deliver CLE in a culturally appropriate way to children, young people, adults, workers and members of the Aboriginal community.

We deliver CLE at meetings and forums, annual festivals, events and campaigns, to large and small groups, and via invitation.

We produce information sheets, brochures and short films on legal and other issues affecting people in NSW and ACT. Visit here to browse through them.

We also assist young people to make short films on legal issues that affect them through the Talking FactSheet Project. You can watch the films on the ALS Youtube channel here.

 

Purpose of CLE

  • To promote community awareness of, and access to, legal rights
  • To advance the rights of Aboriginal people

 

Objectives

  • To provide information and education to Aboriginal individuals and communities across NSW and the ACT regarding specific legal issues, remedies and appropriate referral processes
  • To provide information and education to service providers supporting Aboriginal communities regarding specific legal issues, remedies and appropriate referral processes.
  • To inform Aboriginal individuals and communities across NSW and ACT of the services provided by Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) (including its criminal law practice, care and protection law practice, family law practice, custody notification service, civil law clinics, family law clinics, Work and Development order service; but also ALS values, structure and complaints policy)
  • To inform service providers supporting Aboriginal communities across NSW and the ACT of ALS services and their operation

 

Guiding principles

  • That communities should be consulted regarding specific legal education needs and an appropriate method of delivery
  • That the delivery of community legal education to different areas and regions should be tailored to specific community needs
  • That communities should participate, as far as is practicable, in the delivery of CLE
  • That CLE is primarily delivered by Aboriginal staff where possible, including by solicitors, field officers, administration officers and regional managers
  • That ALS collaborate with other service providers in the delivery of CLE where possible to meet local needs.
     

 

Evaluation

When ALS staff facilitate CLE, they gain feedback from attendees via an evaluation form.

A record of CLE completed and further CLE desired by the local community is captured in the CLE Advice Form completed by our facilitators.

 

For more information about Community Legal Education, contact ALS.

Phone 02 8303 6600 or 1800 765 767.

 
 
 
 

CLE for local groups and communities

 

Talking FactSheet Project - films made by and for the mob

Three day workshops in communities with young people 10 - 25 years, to discuss legal issues affecting them, and to transform those issues into short films, produced by the young people with the assistance of a film-maker who upskills workshop participants in film-making. Watch short films that have been produced by young people in NSW here.

 

 

Young people and the law

Yarn-up for Aboriginal young people on issues including:

  • cybertexting
  • drinking and drugs
  • police powers - how police can search you, move you on, arrest you
  • family safety
  • and other issues as identified by local communities.

 

 

Care and Protection

Yarn up about FaCS, DoCS, when to get help, where to go for help, what FaCS wants, what the courts want, how to get your children back, and other issues as identified by local communities.

 

Overview of Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)

30 min presentation for organisations, workers, members of the community. Delivered by ALS.

10 min presentation for Aboriginal young people. Delivered by ALS.

 

 

Got a fine? Pay it off or do a Work and Development Order

Yarn up about the Work and Development Order Service, to help people who have massive fine debt. How to use the Service, and what are the benefits. 

 

Family law

Family law clinics are at many ALS offices to assist members of the community. In the Sydney region, family law clinics are held every 2nd Monday. To make an appointment to speak to the Family lawyer during the Family law clinic, phone 1800 733 233. Each ALS office has their own appointment system, so please ring your local office to find out when your local family law clinic is being held.

 

Civil law

Civil law clinics are held at many ALS offices to assist members of the community. Each ALS office has their own appointment system, so please ring your local office to make an appointment to see a civil lawyer.

 

 

Legal resources

 

Managing your money

Book-up

Using credit

ACCC - Your Rights Mob - Indigenous consumers

Product safety

Scams

Consumer guarantees, warranties and refunds

Motor vehicles

Being a landlord

Renting a home

Tenants rights factsheets

Acceptable business conduct

Anti-discrimination

Energy and water ombudsman

Finding a solicitor

The law handbook: your practical guide to the law in New South Wales

Plain language law search

Free legal advice and assistance: a referral guide

Global agreements, grassroots advocacy: A toolkit for young people who want to make sure their voice is heard

Law for community workers

 

 

CLE Resources

What is community legal eduacation?

The outcomes of community legal education - a systematic revivew

Community Legal Education - Information Sheet One

Guidelines for the management of community legal education practice - Information Sheet Two