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OUT NOW: NLAF Quarterly Highlights Report (3Q) - 31 October 2018

This report summarises what the NSW Legal Assistance Forum has been working on over the past few months, and NLAF's current key areas of focus. > More

The Age: Free travel expanded for homeless and disadvantaged Victorians - 25 October 2018

Homeless and disadvantaged Victorians can now travel for free on public transport under an Andrews government trial. > More

Pro Bono Australia: "NDIS an Illusion For People With Complex Needs" - 4 October 2018

Many National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients with complex and challenging support needs are not seeing the benefits the NDIS is meant to deliver, Victoria's Public Advocate says. > More

SMH: "Release Report on Youth Detention" - 4 October 2018

"Shock at the harrowing images in an ABC report in 2016 convinced the Turnbull government to call an urgent royal commission into the brutal treatment of juvenile offenders in the Northern Territory. Within 12 months the commissioners recommended major reforms to protect young NT offenders." > More

New Resource on Domestic Violence from Drugrehab.com - 5 September 2018

A new educational guide about Domestic Violence and Addiction has just been launched. > More

LJF: Resolving legal problems: the role of disadvantage - 7 August 2018

This paper presents new findings from the Legal Australia-Wide Survey (LAW Survey). "New analysis of the Legal Australia-Wide Survey demonstrates the association between legal problem resolution, level of disadvantage and legal capability. The findings show that disadvantaged Australians are more likely to experience legal problems and less likely to resolve their legal problems than other people in the community.""The results show that the small minority of highly disadvantaged Australians at greater risk of experiencing unresolved legal problems should remain a priority focus of public legal assistance services policy." > More

Invitation for Written Submission - Reviews of NPA&ILAP - 2 August 2018

Reviews of the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Legal Assistance Services and Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP) > More

Pro Bono Australia: "Concerns NDIS Fraud Squad will 'Criminalise People with Disability'" - 1 August 2018

"Concerns exist the National Disability Insurance Scheme fraud squad will -criminalise people with disability-, with advocates questioning its focus and value amid a service-delivery backlog." > More

NLAF News: Quarterly Highlights Report out now - 26 July 2018

See NLAF's Quarterly Highlights Report for March to June 2018 for an update on what is happening in the NSW Legal Assistance Sector. > More

The Boiling Frog: "Renewed calls to #RaiseTheAge of criminal responsibility" - 18 July 2018

"Indigenous leaders and human rights organisations including Amnesty International have stepped up a campaign to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility for children in Australia." > More

The Age: "Debt trap: People imprisoned for crime are being punished twice" - 11 July 2018

"Being incarcerated is not the only punishment faced by those who are convicted and jailed. Prisoners are often punished financially. It is almost impossible for them to do simple things such as cancelling direct debits for an electricity or gas service; cancelling leases on rental properties; or paying mobile phone bills. When they leave prison, they can be hit with unexpected debts." > More

SBS: "UN grills Australia on multiple failures to protect women against violence" - 11 July 2018

"Cuts to women's shelters and legal aid, the merging of the Family Court with the Federal Circuit Court, and the influence of Men's Rights Activists on policy making were roundly criticised.This week, the key UN Committee on gender equality asked a multi-agency Australian government delegation how Australia is implementing the primary convention on women's rights and gender equality." > More

The Guardian: "Plea to Fix 'broken system' as NT reveals child prison population entirely Indigenous - 4 July 2018

Northern Territory Aboriginal legal service is pleading with the government to try alternatives to juvenile incarceration after recent revelations that every child in NT's detention facilities is Indigenous. > More

SMH: 'Not soft on crime': push for specialist indigenous court - 28 June 2018

The state's barristers and police are pushing the NSW government to urgently fund a specific indigenous court in a bid to lower the "spiralling number" of Aboriginal people in jail. > More

Canberra Times: Calls continue for ACT government to raise criminal age - 28 June 2018

The Human Rights Law Centre has called on the ACT government to raise the age a child can be held criminally responsible from 10 years old to 14 years old. > More

Review of Commonwealth Legal Assistance Arrangements - 31 May 2018

Separate and concurrent reviews will be undertaken of the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-2020 (NPA) and the Indigenous Legal Assistance Program (ILAP). The reviews are expected to commence in early June 2018 and completed in December 2018. They will help inform future funding arrangements for legal assistance services beyond 30 June 2020. > More

NDIA acknowledges record level of complaint - 31 May 2018

Pro Bono Australia News: "The National Disability Insurance Agency has admitted it is 'concerned' about the record level of complaints it is receiving, after new figures revealed the agency received more than 4,000 complaints in the past three months." > More