QAILS Quarterly | June 2015

QAILS Quarterly


Highlighting the work of Queensland's community legal centres

Queensland community legal centres have over 30 years of service delivery experience providing free information, advice and referral, casework and representation to the community.

Did you make it along to the QAILS conference?

Attorney General Yvette D'Ath speaks at our 2015 conference

QAILS held its annual conference on Monday 25 May to Wednesday 27 May at the Park Regis Hotel in Brisbane. The event attracted over 220 participants who attended a range of events including the pro-bono breakfast, conference dinner, new practitioner drinks and three days of training and information sharing.

Attendees gave us great feedback, including:

‘I found it hard to decide between some sessions. I learnt something new in just about every session.

‘As a person new to the sector this event was an invaluable tool for perspective, experience and corporate knowledge.’

'Best QAILS conference we have had and well run.'

Our post event research confirms this with 94% of people rating their attendance at the conference as excellent or good and 84% of people found the networking valuable or extremely valuable.

Cairns Legal Centre secures home for war veteran

Adam* has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is classified as a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated veteran. After five years living in rental premises established to provide accommodation for war veterans, Adam was served with a notice to leave. Adam sought help from Cairns Community Legal Centre; find out what happened.

Community legal centres face federal funding cliff in 2017

The 2015-16 Federal budget contained mixed news for Queensland’s community legal centres. A new funding model has shifted federal funding into Queensland to address historical underfunding of community legal services, but funding across Australia will decrease by almost 30% from July 2017. Find out more

Cowboys join NQWLS #tackleDV campaign

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys used their biggest game of the year to drive home the message that domestic violence should not be tolerated by the community or by victims. The campaign also asked the community to support the work of the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service, which last year assisted 4,350 women across the region, two thirds of whom were affected by domestic violence. Find out more

Innovative work from Queensland's community legal centres

QAI hosted a forum on the 28th May, 2015 to promote and launch their new publication – “dis-Abled Justice: Reforms to justice for persons with disability in Queensland.

Women's Legal Service has launched a new smartphone app called 'Re-focus'. Re-focus is a free, easy to use and interactive smartphone app designed to be of assistance to women in Australia who are separating.

For 2 years, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated has worked with Allens on a resource for lawyers about the complex issue of client capacity. On 9 May, The Honourable Justice Ann Lyons launched the Queensland Handbook for Practitioners on Legal Capacity.

As of June 2015, tenants seeking advice should find it easier to get through to Tenants Queensland’s advice service. The service is now open daily from 9am until 4pm with extended hours to 7pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pine Rivers Community Legal Service and QPILCH helped an abused man have his adoption reversed after forty years. 

Publications and Resources

Win a Community Law Kit, a useful legal resource for everyday people. It provides readers with practical suggestions on how to assert their legal rights, prevent problems arising, and get legal help. It is useful for teaching the basics of the law to youth groups, migrants, refugees and people with limited literacy skills.
To go in the draw to win a Community Law Kit valued at $150, email your contact details to:
.  For further information go here
The Collaboration Decision Support Tool can assist you to understand the different types and purposes of collaborations, help you determine if collaboration is the right model for you and assess your organisation’s capacity to undertake collaborative practice. For further information go here.  
The Effective Law Student Supervision Project is focused on enhancing the experiences of law students and supervisors involved in placement programs. For further information go here.  
The Queensland Law Handbook is a classic and dynamic legal resource explaining an extensive range of Queensland and Commonwealth laws. For further information go here. 

NACLC 2014 National Report.  Download a copy here.

Report: How lawyers can support and empower communities to achieve change

In 2014, our director James Farrell was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, to examine if community legal centres' work could be made more effective using community organising techniques. Formalised community organising is relatively new in Australia, but well established in other countries, particularly the USA. The project attempts to investigate how community organisers partner with legal advocates in countries with similar legal traditions but stronger community organizing histories to achieve change, with lessons for Australian advocates.

The project contains 15 suggestions for community legal centres that may improve our work, based on James' 50+ interviews with a range of organisations across Canada, the USA and the UK. Read the report.
Find a centre near you
If you're looking for services in your local area, our Centre Locator provides a map-based search of all accredited Community Legal Centres in Queensland.

Visit the QAILS website for more information about QAILS or Queensland's community legal centres.

Upcoming events
19 Jun ‘Murri Mixes’ Hip-Hop Songwriting Project hosted by Sisters Inside
24 Jun Retirement living options hosted by Caxton Legal Centre
25 Jun Enhancing LGBTIQ awareness and capability in CLCs hosted by QAILS
2 Jul Navigating the Canberra Zoo hosted by QAILS
2 Jul QCAT Child Related Stakeholder Forum hosted by QCAT
3 Jul Third National Rural Law and Justice Conference hosted by Charles Sturt University
4-5 Jul RAILS July Intensive
7 Jul Retirement living options hosted by Caxton Legal Centre
9 Jul Getting information from the government hosted by QAILS
9-10 Jul The Crime, Justice and Social Democracy International Conference hosted by QUT
10-11 Jul Judicial Independence in Australia hosted by UQ
16 Jul Recent developments in domestic violence case law hosted by QAILS
23 Jul Dr Andrew Stumer on Lord Eldon hosted by Selden Society Australian Chapter
24 Jul Sprout (Emerging Leaders) Summit hosted by Sprout
3 Aug The Criminal Justice Response to Intimate Partner Violence hosted by UQ
4 Aug Opportunities to improve the legal response to domestic violence hosted by QAILS
5-7 Aug Reintegration Puzzle Conference hosted by Deakin University
10 Aug Working with clients experiencing homelessness and specialist homelessness services hosted by QAILS
24-27 Aug NACLC Conference
3 Sep Mental ill-health in the legal profession, and its ethical implications hosted by QAILS
14 Sep  Recovering unpaid wages hosted by QAILS
17 Sep  Working with children and young people in CLCs hosted by QAILS

Brandis cripples legal aid funding , The Saturday Paper, 13 June 2015

Community legal centres turn away 150,000 a year , Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News, 5 June 2015

Environmental Defender's Office funding cuts linked to advocacy work on controversial projects, Australian Broadcasting Corporation Transcripts, 27 May 2015

Abused man has his adoption reversed (with the help of Pine Rivers Community Legal Service and QPLILCH) after 40 years, Brisbane Times, 23 May 2015

Domestic violence order thrown out by Qld Chief Magistrate, The Brisbane Times, 21 May 2015

States and territories unite again over cuts to legal aid, community legal centre funding, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News, 20 May 2015

Show me the Money to End Domestic Violence, The Project, 12 May 2015

Lawyers walk to raise legal funds for disadvantaged, Sunshine Coast Daily, 11 May 2015

QLD NFP Calls for Human Rights Act, Pro Bono News, 28 April 2015

Queensland Speaker Peter Wellington is in no rush to hear the government's thoughts on a bill of rights, Brisbane Times, 27 April 2015

G20 laws cut protest numbers from likely 120,000 to 1,000, inquiry told, The Guardian, 19 April 2015

Queensland ID laws meant voters were wrongly turned away, inquiry told,The Guardian, 16 April 2015

A guide in the legal minefield, The Ipswich Advertiser, 16 April 2015

Groundwater dominates discussion at Adani court case, Whitsunday Times, 9 April 2015

No right to justice, ABC News online 2 April 2015

Legal aid funding restored from July, Gladstone Observer, 26 March 2015

Great Barrier Reef: Nationals MP says environmentalists are guilty of treason, The Guardian, 25 March 2015

Lawyers fight to keep funding for community services, Gladstone Observer, 25 March 2015

Regional Australia feeling the effects of legal aid cuts, ABC Radio National Breakfast program 19 March 2015

Millions cut from DV services should be restored: inquiry, The Gympie TImes, 19 March 2015

Legal Centres face uncertain future, Sunshine Coast Daily, 14 March 2015

Advocating for fairer laws and better systems

House of Reps inquiry into the Register of Environmental Organisations
Sustainable Ports Development Bill
The Adequacy of Existing Financial Protections for Queensland’s Seniors
Federal funding cuts to community legal centres

Speaking up for CLCs

Over the past few months, QAILS and its member centres met with 15 Queensland MPs, two Federal MPs and one federal senator.

Thanks to our major funder:
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