Law Reform & CLCs
CLCs advocate for reform to unjust laws, policies, and practices. CLCs also advocate for a fairer legal system for disadvantaged people in NSW. Through working with clients, CLCs are well placed to identify laws and policies that are unjust, especially those that affect socially and economically disadvantaged groups
CLCs also provide community education on human rights topics, and promote respect for human rights.
CLCs engage in law reform activities and the promotion of human rights as individual centres, and also collectively (through CLCNSW).
- The #fundequaljustice campaign - See tabs on the left of this page
- Housing - See tabs on the left of this page
- Victims Compensation - See tabs on the left of this page
- Child Protection - See tabs on the left of this page
Recent Submissions, Letters, Reports
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Law Council of Australia's 2017 Justice Project.
- CLCNSW made a submission regarding civil litigation recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission).
- CLCNSW made a submission to the 2017 Civil Justice Strategy.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the NSW 2017-18 Budget.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Review of the Victims Rights and Support Act.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Issues Paper 10 on Advocacy and Support and Therapeutic Treatment.
- CLCNSW wrote a letter to the Minister for Social Housing about the Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation (Public Housing - Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Review of Police Oversight.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission Rights and Repsonsibilties 2014 national consultation.
- CLCNSW wrote a letter to the NSW Attorney General regarding the first 12 months of the Victims Rights and Support Act 2013.
- CLCNSW made two submissions in response to the Productivity Commission's Access to Justice Inquiry Draft Report. One submission was from CLCNSW and another was a joint submission with the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and the other State/Territory CLC Associations.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the Australian Government is currently regarding amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
- CLCNSW with the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and the other State/Territory CLC Associations made a submission to the Productivity Commission's Access to Justice inquiry. The attachment to the submission is the Executive Summary of a Cost Benefit Analysis of CLCs.
- CLCNSW was invited to make a submission to the Review of the Investigation and Oversight of Police Critical Incidents.
- CLCNSW made a submission to the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Reforms consultation process.
- CLCNSW has joined the Australian Inquest Alliance, and supports their call for reform of coronial inquest systems in Australia, as detailed in the Issues Paper: Saving lives by joining up justice: Why Australia needs coronial reform and how to achieve it
- CLCNSW made a submission in support of fee-free silent telephone numbers. The Inquiry into "The feasibility of a prohibition on charging fees for an unlisted number service" is being conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications.
- The CLCNSW submission on the Child Protection Legislative Reform Discussion Paper (2013) can be found on the webpage we have set up for the sharing of submission.
- CLCNSW endorsed a joint letter by many NGOs urging the Federal Government to pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012.
- CLCNSW has written to the Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare, urging for the regulation of security deposits, such as bonds, to be added to the draft Boarding Houses Bill.
The law reform efforts of individual CLCs can be found in their annual reports.