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State Office Update August 2010


Community Legal Centres NSW

 

State Office Update


August 2010

 

This is the August 2010 edition of the State Office Update.  These Updates come out four times a year.  We ask CLC Coordinators and Directors to forward this Update to all staff, and also to your Management Committees, as the information is a useful overview of what the state office of Community Legal Centres NSW (CLCNSW) is currently doing.

 

For more information on CLCNSW visit: www.clcnsw.org.au

 

Contents:

CLCNSW 2010 State Conference

Legal Needs Research and Strategic Planning project

Aboriginal Legal Access Program

Advocacy & Human Rights Program

Learning & Development

Legal Services Research Centre conference

State Office annual workplan

CLCNSW 2010 Justice Award

On The Record June 2010 edition

Upcoming events

State office staff and contact details


CLCNSW 2010 State Conference

The CLCNSW 2010 State Conference took place 4 – 6 May 2010.  The State Office is indebted to the organising committee for its hard work and commitment to ensuring that the conference was the success it was.  Our thanks to the committee: Robin Banks, Anna Hartree, Joanna Mantziaris, Alastair McEwin, Amanda Smithers and Chloe Wyatt.

A detailed report on the 2010 conference was included in the June 2010 edition of On The Record: http://www.clcnsw.org.au/cb_pages/OTR_11.php

Further information:

Alastair McEwin, email: Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

Legal Needs Research and Strategic Planning project

Phase 2 of the CLCNSW Legal Needs Research and Strategic Planning project has now been completed.  CLCNSW, in conjunction with Judith Stubbs & Associates (JSA), worked with four CLCs to develop their strategic plans using the Legal Needs toolkit, which was developed late last year.

The four participating CLCs, Elizabeth Evatt CLC, Inner City LC, Marrickville LC and North & Northwest LS, had the opportunity at a wrap up meeting in mid June 2010 to provide feedback on the planning process, toolkit and associated materials.  A great deal of positive and constructive feedback, particularly on the toolkit, was provided at this meeting.  As a result, a further edition of the toolkit is now being developed and will be released later this year.

Other documents, including a summary report of Phase 1, can be accessed via the website under CLCNSW Publications.  CLCs are encouraged to access these reports and use them as part of their strategic planning process.

CLCNSW congratulates the four CLCs for the progress they made during this project and thanks them, along with JSA, for their participation.

Further information:

Alastair McEwin, email: Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

Aboriginal Legal Access Program

In June 2010, the Public Purpose Fund approved funding of the Aboriginal Legal Access Program for 2010-11 only.  They will be seeking outcomes-based reports on the program prior to the end of June 2011 before considering ongoing funding.  A key change to the program is that management and administration of the ALAP has moved from CLCNSW to Legal Aid NSW.  This means that funding and reports now come through Legal Aid.  The LAC CLC subcommittee will have oversight of the ALAP, which committee includes representatives from the State Office and CLCNSW Board.

The 2010-11 program includes funding to the following CLCs to run Aboriginal legal access programs:

The State Office has received funding to run a sector-wide ALAP.  Recruitment is currently underway for the position of ALAP Community Development Worker.

Further information:

Bronwyn McCutcheon, email: Bronwyn.mccutcheon@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

Advocacy & Human Rights Program

Law Reform & Policy Committee

The Law Reform & Policy Committee continues to meet at the Quarterlies (next one in August 2010), and we welcome Emma Golledge (Kingsford Legal Centre) as the new co-convenor of the committee, along with Natasha Case (CLCNSW board representative).

We are currently trying to identify priority issues for advocacy and law reform work for 2010-2011.  An email and letter have been sent to Coordinators / Directors, asking each CLC to identify the most important policy / law reform issues envisaged for the next 12 months, that would benefit from collaboration with other CLCs / the State Office.  Please return this information to the State Office by 6 August 2010.

Police accountability project

The Police Accountability Project is continuing.  Additional feedback on the recommendations for reform, circulated by email of 11 June 2010, would be appreciated.  NSW Police will be presenting a session about the Police Complaints System at the August Quarterlies.

Submissions/endorsements

CLCNSW endorsed the NGO CERD report on Australia’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, prepared by NACLC and the HRLRC.

 

CLCNSW made a short submission to the Family Violence Inquiry being conducted by the Australian Law Reform Commission, and organised a workshop for western Sydney CLCs to complete the ALRC’s online survey.

Distribution of media releases

CLCNSW is able to assist CLCs to distribute media releases through NACLC’s AAP MediaNet online facility.  This is a fee-based service, with the cost depending on the level of distribution (e.g. local, state, national, specialist media etc).  CLCs will need to reimburse CLCNSW for the cost of the distribution.  If you are interested in this service, please contact Roxana Zulfacar, at least a day in advance of distribution, to discuss the logistics and costs.

For free media release distribution there is a list of print, radio and TV contacts in the BBS ‘New South Wales’ folder (May 2009).

 

Further information:

Roxana Zulfacar, email: Roxana_Zulfacar@clc.net.au

Learning & Development

Evaluation of Learning & Development Program

The evaluation of the Learning and Development Program has now commenced.  An independent consultancy, Matrix on Board (MoB), has been appointed and is working with State Office staff to scope and implement the evaluation.  It is intended that the final report will form part of CLCNSW’s submission for ongoing funding of the L&D program beyond 30 June 2011.

An integral part of the evaluation is feedback and comments from the CLC sector.  MoB will be distributing an online survey in the coming weeks.  We encourage all of you to spend a few minutes providing feedback through this survey; this feedback will be a valuable part of the evaluation.

Mentoring program

Expressions of interest were sought from different consultants regarding the scoping for a mentoring project for CLCs.  The program will aim at connecting newcomers into the CLC sector to professionals who have been involved in the sector for longer periods of time, and also developing partnerships with other professionals outside of the CLC sector.  This will be applicable to all staff members whether Directors / Coordinators, Solicitors, Administrators and Finance staff and Community Officers.  We will keep you posted on the project’s progress.

OHS Consultation Training

Occupational Health and Safety Consultation training was held 15 - 18 June at CPSU, Haymarket, with a full group of participants.  OHS Consultation is a 4-day mandatory course and is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that their OHS representative is OHS certified.

Upcoming L&D opportunities

Both of these days will be held at Henry Davis York, Martin Place, Sydney.

Topics for the Legal Training Day include Child Support and Custody legal issues and Family Law.  The topic for the Management Training Day is  'Effective Supervision'.

Registration forms have been distributed to the CLC sector.

The L&D program has been working on the CLC Practice Management course with the College of Law.  The course is specifically designed with CLC solicitors in mind, with other PMC courses designed for legal staff in the Private or Government sectors.

Presenters will include some CLC staff and all CLC participants get approximately 30% off the regular cost of the course.

Further information:

Contact CLCNSW clcnsw@clc.net.au or 9212 7333

Legal Services Research Centre conference

In late June / early July 2010, Alastair McEwin, CLCNSW Director, attended the Legal Services Research Centre (LSRC) conference in Cambridge, UK.  Alastair, along with Judith Stubbs, presented a paper on the CLCNSW Legal Needs research projects.  Alastair also presented, on behalf of NACLC, a paper on NACLC’s Strategic Service Delivery Model.  Both papers appeared to be well received, with particular interest from international colleagues on the strategies and techniques Australian CLCs use to work with their communities to identify legal need.

Other presentations covered topics such as the legal needs of prisoners, self-representation, pathways to justice and comparison of international legal aid providers.

Further information:

Alastair McEwin, email: Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

State Office annual workplan

Each year, State Office staff spend time reviewing progress against the CLCNSW strategic plan and developing a new workplan for the coming year.  This was undertaken in May 2010 and the new annual workplan for 2010-11 commenced on 1 July 2010.

The annual workplan outlines the specific actions that State Office staff will undertake to achieve the objectives set out in the CLCNSW 2009 – 2012 strategic plan, as developed by the Board.

Further information:

Alastair McEwin, email: Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

CLCNSW 2010 Justice Award

CLCNSW seeks nominations for the 2010 CLCNSW Justice Award, to be presented at the annual Justice Awards on Thursday 14 October 2010.

The CLCNSW award aims to highlight the range of activities devised and deployed by NSW CLCs to provide effective and appropriate services to people and increase their awareness of their legal rights and the legal resources available to help them resolve legal issues.

Such activities can include discrete or on-going projects and programs, including community legal education, plain language information or new legal services.  To be eligible, an activity must have been generated and managed by a NSW Community Legal Centre before 1 June 2008 and either be currently operating or have been completed since that date.

Nomination forms have been circulated to the sector.  Closing date is COB Monday 30 August 2010.

Further information:

Alastair McEwin, email: Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

On The Record June 2010 edition

In June 2010, the 11th edition of On the Record (OTR) was sent out to subscribers.  If you haven’t read this edition you can link to it from the CLCNSW website: http://www.clcnsw.org.au/cb_pages/publications.php?category_id=1168

Please email stories and reports about developments in your centre to Alastair McEwin at the State Office on email Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.auand these will be included in the next edition of OTR.  Deadline for contributions for the next edition is 23 September 2010.

Please also direct interested people to our website to subscribe to OTR, or send email addresses to Julian Laurens to add to the database.

Further information:

Julian Laurens, email: julian_laurens@clc.net.au

Upcoming events

Following are 2010 dates for key CLCNSW and sector events.

Please let the State Office know if there are other dates for other meetings or events and we will include this in the Events calendar on the CLCNSW website.

16 – 17 August 2010

 

CLCNSW Quarterlies

Marque Hotel, 803 George Street (corner Quay St), Central

24 – 27 October 2010

NACLC National Conference

Melbourne

29 – 30 November 2010

CLCNSW Quarterlies (including AGM and end-of-year drinks on 30 November)

Marque Hotel, 803 George Street (corner Quay St), Central

 

 

State office staff and contact details

The current staff at the State Office are:

Alastair McEwin, Director

Alastair_McEwin@clc.net.au

Julian Laurens, Administrator

Julian_Laurens@clc.net.au

Roxana Zulfacar, Advocacy and Human Rights Officer

Roxana_Zulfacar@clc.net.au

Norico Allen, Finance Officer

Norico_Allen@clc.net.au

Joanna Mantziaris, Learning and Development Coordinator

Joanna_Mantziaris@clc.net.au

 

CLCNSW is the peak body for CLCs in NSW.  It is resourced by a small State Office which is funded by the NSW Government and Public Purpose Fund.  CLCNSW has 39 member organisations including generalist and specialist community legal centres.

The State Office is located at:

C17/ 99 Jones St

Ultimo NSW 2007

Ph: (02) 9212 7333

Fax: (02) 9212 7332

Email: clcnsw@clc.net.au

Website: www.clcnsw.org.au

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