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Queensland Law Handbook

The Queensland Law Handbook online has loads of plain-English legal information available for free. 

Contracts, money, family, employment and criminal law are covered in detail as well as many other areas of law.

For anyone with a legal problem or in a helping role – jump on over to the website and search for what you need – it may just have the answer to your question!

Health-Justice Partnerships Resources

Health Justice Australia has developed further resources and information available for free and easy use. 

Information for judicial officers dealing with domestic and family violence

A new online resource for judicial officers dealing with domestic and family violence related cases by the National Family and Domestic Violence Bench Book. There is specific information about the importance of legal representation in such cases. 

Understanding the Youth Justice System

Legal Aid Queensland held a free webinar for community workers on ‘Understanding the youth justice system – what community workers need to know.’ The webinar covers topics like:

• why we have a youth justice system
• why we have different justice systems for young people and adults
• common misconceptions about youth justice
• tips for community workers
• where to get legal help.

The Youth Advocacy Centre (a Queensland-based specialist legal and welfare agency for young people aged 10 to 18) offers specialised training for anyone who works with young people. The practice based training gives participants a better understanding of the law and statutory systems (including youth justice and child protection) involving young people and also how the law affects them as workers with young people.

Guide to Legal Aid eligibility

Legal Aid have put everything you need to know about our criteria for granting aid into one place. There is information on the criteria used to make the decision and how to apply. 

A guide to appearing in the Magistrates Court

Legal Aid has developed a Factsheet for people who have been charged with an offence and are due to appear in the Magistrates Court. 

Factsheet: Property division after separation or divorce

If you're having trouble dividing your property after a separation or divorce the Legal Aid Property Arbitration Program can help. Their newly developed factsheet explains how property arbitration works and if you will be eligible for their program.

Criminal law duty lawyer accreditation video

LegalAid have developed a series of 8 videos to provide information on criminal law duty lawyer accreditation. 

Elder Abuse Conference

Bill Mitchell (Townsville Community Legal Service Inc.) and Anne Lewis (Seniors Creating Change) presented at the Elder Abuse Conference which took place 23 to 24 February in Melbourne. They presented on the subject of Seniors Creating Change: From Idea to Intervention.

QPILCH Tribunal Advocacy Service

The QPILCH Mental Health Law Practice held it’s annual training weekend in late February, 2016 and has 27 new advocates on board for the Tribunal Advocacy Service. Now in its 5th year, the Advocacy Service helps people on Involuntary Treatment Orders prepare for their review hearings at the Mental Health Review Tribunal. 

Care for your Assets: Money, Ageing and Family Booklet

Cairns Community Legal Centre recently published a booklet for seniors called ‘Care for your Assets: Money, Ageing and Family’. 

Disability Law Queensland - new not-for-profit

Mamre Association is a Brisbane based non-profit organisation supporting families with children with a disability. For over 10 years Mamre has offered succession planning workshops, information and resources to assist families to use the law to safeguard the futures of their loved ones with disability. Through this work, however, it became clear that more was needed. 

Now, Disability Law Queensland, an incorporated legal practice wholly owned by Mamre, offers affordable, accessible and expert legal advice and assistance to people with a disability and their families. 

Legal help (discrete task assistance through to full representation) is available in the following areas: succession planning, decision-making, human rights, administrative law and child protection

Credit Law Toolkit

The new Credit Law Toolkit has been jointly produced by the Financial Rights Legal Centre and Legal Aid NSW and covers the law as at December 2015. It is aimed at both financial counsellors and lawyers, particularly those lawyers in legal aid offices and generalist community legal centres who do a range of civil law work, but do not necessarily specialise in credit law.

Community Legal Centres - Fringe Benefits Tax Booklet

QPILCH in conjunction with Allens have produced a booklet and employee information sheet explaining the salary sacrifice arrangements available to CLCs and their employees.

Financial Literacy of Directors of boards and management committees

A PhD student in the School of Accountancy at Queensland University of Technology is looking for directors to complete a 10-15 minute online questionnaire about the Financial Literacy of Directors of boards and management committees. The research may form part of my PhD and this study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1500001035). 

For further information contact: Jackie ettington, PhD Student, Email:

Child Protection Toolkit

The Child Protection Toolkit is designed to provide practical advice to organisations of all sizes across the country. It includes a rundown on laws and obligations in every state and territory, child-safe volunteer and employee recruitment and screening tips, template policies and codes of conduct, and a checklist to ensure your organisation is meeting its obligations and, if not, knows where to go to get help. 

The impact of Welfare to Work on parents and their children

Systematic review of 41 studies looking at the impact of Welfare to Work reforms on the wellbeing of parents and their children.

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia

This state of knowledge paper examines a broad range of national and international research to present the current knowledge about family violence against immigrant and refugee women

NACLC Community Legal Centres Briefing

People Are Missing Out On The Legal Help They Need. This briefing sheet provides facts and figures on the funding crisis CLCs are facing and the risk to frontline legal services.

Legalpediaqld goes live

QPILCH has migrated its educational materials from the website to a new wiki platform, legalpediaqld.

While still in its infancy, we hope to populate the site with new public information as it comes available. It has handy information such as the limitation schedule that Clayton Utz has updated for many years. Our litigation factsheets for self-represented litigants are there as are a couple of policy papers such as Queensland's perspective on pro bono. The utility of a wiki platform is that we hope to update the materials with the support of our skilled members. We intend to prepare an update schedule for referral, thus spreading the load to keep the resources current.

Insight Suicide Prevention

The Salvation Army invite all past attendees of Insight Suicide Prevention face to face training workshops to complete our free online training modules.

These have been specifically designed for those associated with frontline community legal work, and compliment the awareness raised at our one day program you attended within the last 18 months.

Freedom from discrimination: report on the 40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act

Forty years ago, the Commonwealth Parliament enacted the first federal human rights and discrimination legislation. The Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) was a landmark in Australian race relations. This report documents the activities and findings of this year’s anniversary activities

Lawyering for change

Seven principles of strategic legal practice for community legal centres by Agata Wierzbowski, Consumer Action Law Centre.