On Demand Webinars

Community Legal Centres Queensland runs a series of online training webinars, available to community legal centre staff, volunteers and other community services.

CPD Note: Under the Queensland Law Society’s CPD Rules, if this particular educational activity is relevant to your immediate or long term needs in relation to your professional development and the practice of the law, then you should claim one CPD unit for each hour of attendance. For Queensland practitioners, the annual requirement is ten CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. For interstate practitioners, please consult the equivalent rules in your state.

Legal Aid Queensland webinars – Legal Aid Queensland publishes a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube Channel here. For information on upcoming Legal Aid Queensland webinars, please check the Information for community workers and carers page.

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The Financial Protections Service is provided to middle-aged Queenslanders who are approaching retirement and undertaking financial decision making for later life.

The service facilitates access to and uptake of free and independent financial information and advice with a particular focus on improving financial resilience. Service partners will also undertake screening and referral for financial abuse.

There are ten participating Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) and Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Service (EAPSS) organisations across Queensland who deliver the Financial Protections Service. SLASS and EAPSS are experts in providing legal, social work, financial counselling and mediation services to older Queenslanders. Links to these organisations can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Financial Protections Service has partnered with the National Seniors Financial Information Desk, an independent financial information service funded by National Seniors that aims to improve retirement information available to older Australians. The service was developed in consultation with the Financial Counsellors’ Association of Queensland.

The Financial Protections Service was co-designed by Caxton Legal Centre and the Townsville Community Legal Service and is funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. The service guides, practice manual and training webinars were co-authored and developed by Bill Mitchell (Principal Solicitor, Townsville Community Law) and Melody Valentine (Solicitor, Caxton Legal Centre).

Community Legal Centres Queensland wants to ensure that community legal centre (CLC) workers and others accessing this website feel safe, and are able to access appropriate and timely help and support.

CLCs provide important support and assistance to people who have experienced violence and trauma, and CLC workers and volunteers necessarily undertake training and reading in these areas as part of their professional development requirements.

As such, some of the training materials and webinars on this website may be disturbing, upsetting or trigger strong/negative emotions for victims and survivors of violence and trauma, and others.

Even if you have not directly experienced trauma, it is important to be aware of the effects that working with clients who have experienced trauma can have on your own emotional and mental wellbeing (this is known as vicarious trauma).

Community Legal Centres Queensland respects your autonomy. If you feel triggered or upset by any of the content or materials provided here, we would encourage you to use your discretion as to whether you should continue reading, watching or listening to the material.

You may also wish to access more information and resources, as well as professional support or advice from one of the free and confidential organisations listed below.

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Staying connected: Options for resolving disputes with telcos

Staying connected: Options for resolving disputes with telcos

Webinar Date: September 21, 2021

Access to appropriate phone and Internet services is crucial for engagement with modern society, particularly for people experiencing homelessness and other forms of financial disadvantage. This webinar, delivered by Kate Adnams (Lawyer) and Kurt Maroske (Project Officer) from LawRight’s Community and Health Justice Partnerships Team, will […]

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Breaking the burnout cycle

Rising from the ashes: Breaking the burnout cycle for greater satisfaction, vitality and meaning at work

Webinar Date: September 16, 2021

While incredibly rewarding, working in a CLC can lead to negative personal impacts such as compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. These impacts have likely been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar, presented by Dr Mendy Neralic, Clinical Psychologist, will help you understand and recognise instances and […]

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Lifeworks

Supporting your employees (and yourself) with LifeWorks employee assistance program for CLCs

Webinar Date: August 25, 2021

Challenges both inside and outside the workplace can impact employees’ mental health and wellbeing, resulting in disengagement, lack of community, loneliness and poor health. The statistics show employees are struggling with mental health: 20% suffer from mental health challenges, 53% experience financial stress and 85% […]

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Leasing

Tips and traps when leasing: Issues impacting not-for-profits

Webinar Date: August 18, 2021

Many not-for-profits, including community legal centres, do not have the surplus capital to tie up in freehold ownership of  offices or outreach locations.  Leasing is not only a great alternative, but often the preferred option in certain circumstances.  However, a lease is a long term […]

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Show me the money

Show me the Money: Assisting people to resolve disputes that impact their income and finances

Webinar Date: July 27, 2021

Financial hardship is a common and reoccurring theme for people connecting to community organisations. The insufficiency of our existing welfare payments means people often struggle to afford basic, everyday costs. Falling behind on payments for essential service, such as electricity and telephone, can see these […]

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Disability Support Pension

Disability Support Pension: Eligibility, Challenges and Resources

Webinar Date: June 10, 2021

  Often, clients and their advocates find the DSP legislation – the qualification criteria, the impairment tables and the program of support requirement – to be overwhelmingly complex and problematic to apply, and that many people with severe disability are refused payment. In this webinar, […]

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Child Protection: Learnings from Working with First Nations Clients

Child Protection: Learnings from Working with First Nations Clients

Webinar Date: May 27, 2021

Child protection is an area of community legal work that is wrought with many challenges and hurdles when working with vulnerable families that are at risk of or have had interventions from Child Safety. IUIH Legal Service, as a unique health-justice partnership in South East […]

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Changes to Queensland guardianship laws and forms

Webinar Date: May 18, 2021

On 30 November 2020, important changes to the law underpinning Queensland’s guardianship system came into effect. New forms for Advanced Health Directives and Enduring Powers of Attorney also commenced, along with new explanatory guides and Guidelines for the Assessment of Capacity. The changes implement a […]

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