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Wed, 05/05/2021 - 17:06
This May, Community Legal Centres NSW will be holding a State Conference in Sydney. Everyone who works at a community legal centre across the state is invited to attend – tickets are free.
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:32
A new Underpayments Advice Clinic at Marrickville Legal Centre is combatting wage theft and helping workers seek justice. We spoke to Lucy Carroll and Jack Ding about what wage theft is, how to identify if you’re being underpaid, and their experience of the first few months of running the clinic.
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 11:11
Community legal centres provide free legal support to people going through tough times, mostly those experiencing financial hardship, social disadvantage, domestic or family violence or discrimination.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:08
On the 30th Anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (RCIADIC), Community Legal Centres NSW stands in solidarity with the families of Aboriginal people who have died in custody. We support First Nations peoples’ repeated demands for systemic change.
Mon, 04/12/2021 - 10:47
 In response to a motion in the NSW Parliament acknowledging additional Commonwealth funding for our sector, Members of Parliament took the opportunity to sing the praises of community legal centres. A number of MPs called upon the government to increase investment in community legal centres. MPs also recognised the vital services that we provide, the effective role we play in shaping progressive law reform, and the committed work of community legal centre staff. 
Wed, 04/07/2021 - 10:01
A key part of Kingsford Legal Centre’s work is responding to the endemic issue of sexual harassment through a specialist state-wide clinic. Their Sexual Harassment Legal Service holistically responds to sexual harassment by providing better redress for people who have experienced sexual harassment, running community legal education sessions, and advocating for systemic legal and institutional change.
Tue, 04/06/2021 - 12:16
It is vital that everyone in New South Wales can access the community legal help that they need. That's why our 2021 Pre-Budget Submission focuses on ensuring equal access to justice for everyone in NSW. We're calling on the NSW Government to provide community legal centres with adequate funding so that we are able to help our communities facing financial hardship, disadvantage, discrimination, natural disasters, and domestic and family violence.
Wed, 03/31/2021 - 12:50
Community Legal Centres recommends the Committee rejects this Bill in its entirety. If passed, the Bill would deny children in our community the right to be seen, to be protected from discrimination and harm, and to be treated with integrity by teachers and schools.
Mon, 03/29/2021 - 15:10
Our thoughts go out to the individuals, families and communities impacted by the devastating floods that have destroyed and damaged a staggering number of homes, infrastructure, animals and properties across the state in 2021. Community legal centres on the group are here for you, to help with issues such as insurance, tenancy, debt, lost documents, and more.
Thu, 03/04/2021 - 16:46
Despite strong and widespread opposition from victim-survivors and their advocates at the time, the Commissioner Victims Rights implemented substantial changes which have negatively impacted on victim-survivors’ ability to access the support they need through the scheme.
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:10
 Drug reform has emerged as one of the most vital, yet contentious, policy areas of our time. In this edition of The Law Reform Bulletin, we peel back the sensationalist headlines and listen to the diverse perspectives of experts in community law, restorative justice and harm-reduction. What emerges is an overwhelming view that while law enforcement is the government's primary response to drug use, we need to be pursuing evidence-based policies like decriminalisation. The health and safety of our communities depend on a future where holistic, caring and healing approaches to drug use are the norm.
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 09:54
 Fair Treatment is a public advocacy campaign led by Uniting NSW-ACT for the better resourcing of evidence-based harm reduction strategies, and the decriminalisation (removal of court processing and criminal penalties including jail terms) of personal use of small quantities of currently illicit drugs. In this article, Stafford Sanders proposes that we need to rethink our approach to drug policy and learn from worldwide best practice, such as the Portugal model of decriminalisation.
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 09:47
 In the last 12 years, there has been an almost twentyfold increase in strip searches in New South Wales. This harmful proactive policing practice is disproportionately targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and young people, particularly in lower socio-economic areas and regional towns. In this article, Sam Lee advocates for strip search laws to be amended alongside other proposed changes to minor drug possession laws.
Wed, 02/10/2021 - 09:20
In this article, Rhys Evans looks back to the harm-reduction practices developed during the HIV epidemic which continue to save many lives, and how these programs might inform a pathway for evidence-based drug policy.
Tue, 02/09/2021 - 17:23
 In this article, Stuart Munckton shares how people with lived experience of drug use in NSW are paving the way in developing and implementing effective harm reduction measures. When it comes to user's rights, ending the criminalisation of drug use would be the single biggest measure to reduce the harms associated with drug use.