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BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY - getting legal help

BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY - getting legal help

January 10, 2020

Have you or your clients been affected by the bushfires?

In this bushfire emergency episode we talk to Ma’ata Solofoni from the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW. Ma’ata talks about this new service and how it’s providing free legal help for people in NSW affected by bushfires.

The types of legal issues we can help with include insurance claims, tenancy, financial hardship, credit and debt, Centrelink and issues with employment. Listen to Ma’ata now and if you need more information, call the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW on 1800 801 529.

  

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The Prisoners Legal Service

The Prisoners Legal Service

January 8, 2020

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In this episode we interview Anisa who is the civil lawyer with the Legal Aid NSW Prisoners Legal Service. Anisa talks to us about the types of legal problems they assist prisoners with, the various forms of assistance provided by Legal Aid lawyers and what other assistance they provide. This includes taking referrals from family members and community workers who are trying to help prisoners deal with legal problems that can result from going into custody.

 

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Robodebt - the full story

Robodebt - the full story

December 6, 2019

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Legal Aid NSW civil lawyer, Nicola Cannon gives you a quick overview of the recent ‘robo-debt’ test case and what it may mean for your clients?

Find out about:

  • The recent robo-debt test case run by our colleagues at Victoria Legal Aid
  • What this means for your clients who may have a robo-debt or have already paid off a robo-debt
  • When clients should contact Legal Aid NSW about their robo-debt
  • And where can people go for help for other Centrelink debt help

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shortcut - Robodebt

shortcut - Robodebt

December 6, 2019

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What is it and where to go for help?

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The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

October 22, 2019

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TRIGGER WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that the following program contains sensitive and confronting content.

‘The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme enables ex gratia payments of $75,000 to Stolen Generations survivors who were removed by, committed to, or otherwise came to be in the care of the Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, up until the Act was repealed on 2 June 1969.

The Scheme commenced on 1 July 2017 and will run for 5 years. It is open to living Stolen Generation survivors only.’ - Aboriginal Affairs NSW

 In this episode you will hear from Solicitors Teela Reid and Merrinda Dutton who at the time of recoding were both working for the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities. You will also hear excerpts from a video produced by Charmaine Mumbulla, about the impact ‘the act of removal’ has had on several of Legal Aid NSW employees, and their families.

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shortcut - minor offences and migrant communities

shortcut - minor offences and migrant communities

September 25, 2019

There are several behaviours that are considered 'small offences' that you may not know about, CALD communities and newly arrived refugees can be at risk of committing these offences.

Find out what these offences are and how and where to get help if your client has committed a minor offence?

Florence Montalvo Cruz and Nohara Odicho from Refugee Service Legal Aid NSW have been interviewed by Audrey Bourget as part of SBS settlement Guide series to talk about legal issues that effect people when settling in Australia.

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Stop the snowball effect - deal with legal problems early!

Stop the snowball effect - deal with legal problems early!

August 15, 2019
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Help your clients recognise their legal problems and find out where you can refer them for help.

You will hear from Kerry Wright about what the Law Check-Up tool is and how you can access and use it in your everyday work; and from Scott Fox a community liaison officer who explains why and how he uses the law check-up to help people every single day.

 

Referrals and more information

To contact the CLE team with feedback or a topic suggestion please send us an email cle@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Legal help for Veterans’ and their dependents

Legal help for Veterans’ and their dependents

June 14, 2019
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Do you ask your clients if they are a veteran or if they have you ever done any military service?

The Veterans’ Advocacy service is a state wide specialist service of Legal Aid NSW helping veterans and their dependents get access to the services and benefits they are entitled to.

Hear from Danuzia Pontes and Nicholas Warren about the service and how it could help your clients.

 

Referrals and more information

To contact the CLE team with feedback or a topic suggestion please send us an email cle@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

NDIS part 2 - Planning

NDIS part 2 - Planning

May 27, 2019
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Part 2 of a two part series looking deeper into the specifics of the NDIS.

In this episode you will find out about:

  • pre planning
  • planning meetings
  • reasonable and necessary supports
  • the best way to manage a plan
  • support coordinators and coordinators of supports
  • and how Legal Aid NSW can help

Catch up with NDIS part 1 - accessing the NDIS

Referrals and more information

To find more information about how Legal Aid NSW can help with the NDIS:

Make sure you listen to episode 10. NDIS. The basics and episode 3. NDIS. Your rights as a consumer

To contact the CLE team with feedback or a topic suggestion please send us an email cle@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Credit history and credit reports — what are they and why do they matter?

Credit history and credit reports — what are they and why do they matter?

May 13, 2019
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For Privacy Awareness Week (12-18 May), Josh from Legal Aid NSW puts the spotlight on credit reporting in an interview with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Sophie Higgins, Director of the Dispute Resolution Branch and Justin Lodge, Assistant Director of the Dispute Resolutions Branch. You can look at their website here: https://www.oaic.gov.au/

In this podcast, Sophie and Justin aim to simplify credit reporting by helping community workers understand more about credit reporting processes, a client’s rights when it comes to credit reporting and steps individuals can take to maintain a healthy credit report or improve credit health.

 

Referrals and more information

Get a FREE credit report — ASIC Money Smart

OAIC website

IDCARE—National identity and cyber support service

Legal Aid NSW might be able to assist you recover you credit reputation

LawAccess NSW 1300 888 529

Learn how to use the Law Check-Up tool

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