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24. Legal help for Veterans’ and their dependents

24. Legal help for Veterans’ and their dependents

June 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Referrals and more information

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

 

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

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:

17. PART 2: The National Redress Scheme—in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

17. PART 2: The National Redress Scheme—in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

January 18, 2019

We talk to Prue Gregory, the wonderful piano-playing Principal Lawyer from the knowmore legal service, about the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

 Prue talks about:

  • eligibility for the scheme
  • the financial implications for clients who receive a payment under the scheme
  • the situation for prisoners
  • other options for people
  • what community and support workers can do to help, and
  • how you can work safely with survivors of trauma.

The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and runs for 10 years. knowmore is the legal service that is funded to help people through the scheme.

One of Prue’s main messages is to tell people to take a deep breath—knowmore gives priority to people who have life threatening illnesses. If your clients are not in this situation, there is no rush. They have until 30 June 2027 to make a claim.

The podcast was recorded the day after Prue attended the national apology in Canberra on 22 October 2018.

Referrals and more information

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

Look after yourself

Some of our topics may contain sensitive or confronting content. We want this to be a safe space for listeners. Please check the topic and description of the podcast before you tune in. If you need support there are services that can help:

17. PART 1: The National Redress Scheme—in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

17. PART 1: The National Redress Scheme—in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

January 18, 2019

We talk to Prue Gregory, the wonderful piano-playing Principal Lawyer from the knowmore legal service, about the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

 Prue talks about:

  • eligibility for the scheme
  • the financial implications for clients who receive a payment under the scheme
  • the situation for prisoners
  • other options for people
  • what community and support workers can do to help, and
  • how you can work safely with survivors of trauma.

The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and runs for 10 years. knowmore is the legal service that is funded to help people through the scheme.

One of Prue’s main messages is to tell people to take a deep breath—knowmore gives priority to people who have life threatening illnesses. If your clients are not in this situation, there is no rush. They have until 30 June 2027 to make a claim.

The podcast was recorded the day after Prue attended the national apology in Canberra on 22 October 2018.

Referrals and more information

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

Look after yourself

Some of our topics may contain sensitive or confronting content. We want this to be a safe space for listeners. Please check the topic and description of the podcast before you tune in. If you need support there are services that can help:

16. Inside the Legal Aid NSW Coronial Inquest Unit

16. Inside the Legal Aid NSW Coronial Inquest Unit

January 10, 2019

In this episode Joshua from the Community Legal Education Branch speaks to David Evenden, the Solicitor in Charge of the Coronial Inquest Unit. This episode gives an interesting look at what coronial inquests are, when they happen, and how community workers can refer a client for an appointment. David also talks about the Dungay inquest that has received media attention.  

 Referrals and more information:

  • Go here to find out more about the Legal Aid NSW’s coronial inquest unit.  
  • If you would like to make an application for legal aid for representation at an inquest or to discuss anything about the Coroner’s Court please call the Coronial Inquest Unit on 02 9219 5156 or 02 9219 5000.
  • If you live in regional NSW contact us through your local Legal Aid NSW office or call LawAccess NSW, our legal help line on 1300 888 529.
  • Find out more about counselling services available on the Coroner’s Court website.