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26. The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

26. The Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme

October 22, 2019

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the care of the Aborigines Protection or Welfare Boards under the Aborigines Protection Act 1909, up until the Act was repealed on 2 June 1969.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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25. Stop the snowball effect - deal with legal problems early!

25. 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

24. Legal help for Veterans’ and their dependents

24. 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

23. NDIS part 2 - Planning

23. 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

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

22. 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

OAIC facebook

OAIC Twitter

21. NDIS part 1 - Accessing the NDIS

21. NDIS part 1 - Accessing the NDIS

May 3, 2019
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Part 1 of a two part series looking deeper into the specifics of the NDIS.

In this episode you will find out:

  • how to help your clients get access to the NDIS
  • how to make an access request
  • how to get your forms right the first time round
  • and how legal aid can help.

 Referrals and more information

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

20. Our rights when we buy goods and services – what’s new?

20. Our rights when we buy goods and services – what’s new?

April 8, 2019
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Consumer law deals with your rights when you buy goods and services. In this episode we learn about:
  • How common consumer law issues are
  • What your clients can do if they’ve had a bad experience with Vocation and Education Training (VET) Student loans.
  • Fair Trading’s new powers – sometimes Fair Trading can order a business to repair a good, replace a good or pay you money
  • Where did the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO) and the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT) go? They’ve all been replaced by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA)
  • We also touch on a few other things such as payday loans, basic consumer law rights and how to refer your clients for free legal advice that hopefully you and your clients will find useful!

 

You can call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for free legal information and referrals or visit their website

 

You can see where your closest Legal Aid NSW office

 

You can visit the Australian Financial Complaints Authority’s website or call them on 1800 931 678.

 

You can visit Fair Trading NSW’s website or call them on 13 32 20.

19. Inside the Legal Aid NSW Refugee Service

19. Inside the Legal Aid NSW Refugee Service

March 22, 2019
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Natalie Neumann from the Community Legal Education branch speaks to Jeremie Quiohilag and Nohara Odicho from the Refugee Service.

Find out about the work they do, the people they help, and how you can refer you’re newly arrived or refugee clients to this service.

 

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18. ‘Your partner can’t cancel your visa’ — find out how the immigration team at Legal Aid NSW can help your client who is experiencing family violence from their sponsoring partner.

18. ‘Your partner can’t cancel your visa’ — find out how the immigration team at Legal Aid NSW can help your client who is experiencing family violence from their sponsoring partner.

March 22, 2019
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Kerry Wright from the Community Legal education branch speaks to Katie Wrigley from the government law team about immigration law and what to do if you have clients who have come to Australia on a temporary visa and their relationship has broken down due to family violence.

Find out what options are available to people in this situation, whether your client is eligible for a family violence exemption and how you can refer your clients to this service in a safe way.

Referrals and more information

To find more information about where your clients can get help contact: