Policy and Law Reform

 

Community Legal Centres NSW coordinates cohesive advocacy, communications and law reform strategies on a number of law reform priorities on behalf of the sector.

 

Law Reform Bulletin

Community Legal Centres NSW publishes a monthly email newsletter, Law Reform Bulletin, covering all things law reform for people working and interested in policy and law reform in NSW.

To subscribe to the Bulletin, email lawreform@clcnsw.org.au.

 

Latest policy and law reform updates

Below is a list of our latest policy and law reform articles, including submission briefings and policy analysis.

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 10:33
 People with intellectual disability experience unique barriers to effective early engagement with support services. This article explores some of these barriers and a new initiative to address them.
Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:07
Early independent legal advice in child protection matters is crucial to helping parents explore their options to prevent permanent child removal, write Charlotte Buckton and Karin Ness from Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.
Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:18
In Australia and overseas, alternative legal responses to sexual and domestic violence are increasingly being explored to better meet the needs of victims/survivors. One such alternative is restorative justice, which Thea Deakin-Greenwood and Jane Bolitho argue offers an opportunity to refocus an otherwise adversarial (and sometimes inaccessible) process on the needs and rights of victims.
Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:25
 The final make-up of the NSW upper house was determined on Monday, 15 April when the NSW Electoral Commission ‘pressed the button’ to allocate final preferences. Community Legal Centre NSW's Advocacy & Communications Manager Mark Riboldi examines what the new Upper House means for the community legal sector.
Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:56
 A summary of Community Legal Centres NSW's submission to the Their Futures Matter Consultation (2019).
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 17:05
 In this article, Community Legal Centres NSW's Mark Riboldi unpacks the 2019 NSW Election and what it means for the community legal sector.
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:15
Improving access to justice for victim-survivors of sexual assault and eradicating discriminatory structural power imbalances that allow offenders to commit sexual assault with no repercussions are at the heart of twelve important recommendations made by Community Legal Centres NSW to the current NSW Law Reform Commission inquiry into consent in relation to sexual offences.
Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:26
 A summary of our joint submission to the Inquiry on Legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff
Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:12
 An overview of the problems with the proposed Children & Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2018.
Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:14
 A summary of our submission into the review of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2018 (NSW).
Thu, 12/07/2017 - 13:39
Issues surrounding the rates of children being placed in out of home care is a pressing concern, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Mon, 10/09/2017 - 11:39
Community Legal Centres NSW's submission to the Law Council of Australia's Justice Project.
Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:50
There are many legal and social barriers currently effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. One of the most pressing is the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons. The Australian Law Reform Commission was asked to examine the factors that contribute to this and to consider law reform that would address this crisis.
Sat, 02/25/2017 - 15:35
A summary of Community Legal Centres NSW's submission to ‘Justice for everyday problems: Civil Justice in NSW’.