In consultation with community legal centres and other sector organisations, we work across a range of important law reform and advocacy campaigns.
Keep reading below for detailed information about a variety of policy issues. Our specific policy asks for the new NSW government can be found online here.
Cross-sector policy networks
Community Legal Centres NSW works closely with and supports the following organisations and campaign alliances to achieve strategic policy and law reform
Other current policy priorities
Amendments to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act
To make it easier for trans people and members of the Stolen Generations to change their names, or the names of their parents and grandparents.
Culturally safe mediation services
Provide funding and training for the provision of culturally safe mediation services for Aboriginal people and communities, particularly in South East NSW.
Fairer laws for people with debts
Amend practices around debt recovery to ensure that people facing hard times are not further impacted by the system, including garnishing order notifications and defaulting suspensions.
Increasing access to justice for renters
Ending the practice of landlords being able to evict tenants without cause, including people living in rented homes, boarding houses, residential parks and international student accommodation.
Reduce the incarceration rates of Aboriginal people
Through implementation of the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s 2018 Pathways to Justice report, including reforms to the Bail Act, raising the criminal age of responsibility and adopting a justice reinvestment approach to the criminal justice system.
Improve laws regarding people with cognitive disabilities
Changing the relationship of people with cognitive disabilities and the courts, particularly in relation to the imprisonment of people who are deemed unfit to plead, and whether people with apprehended violence orders are able to fully understand the conditions of the AVO.