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Printable version: Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund Round 2 summary report(PDF, 191KB)
Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) established the Community Legal Education (CLE) Collaboration Fund to resource collaborative initiatives and partnerships to extend the reach of our CLE work, in line with our CLE Strategy.
The fund’s objective is to resource CLE initiatives and projects that:
The collaboration fund is funded by LAQ from federal government funding through the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Legal Assistance Services. Three funding rounds have been administered to date with $100,000 made available for each funding round.
This report focuses on round 2 of the collaboration fund. The round 2 projects were undertaken between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2013.
In round 2 we invited eligible community legal centres (CLCs) that are incorporated, CLCs that are sponsored by an incorporated body, and Regional Legal Assistance Forums (RLAFs) to submit proposals for grants of up to $10,000.
Project proposals had to meet the fund guidelines to be eligible for funding. The fund guidelines outlined the fund’s objectives, eligible projects, examples of projects that would be considered, eligible costs, eligible organisations, and accountability requirements.
A panel of LAQ staff assessed applications received against the fund guidelines and made recommendations to the chief executive officer about the preferred projects. Eight projects met the application criteria and were recommended for grants. We allocated $78,159 to these eight projects.
Most round 2 collaboration fund projects delivered cost-effective, targeted CLE to key audiences in metropolitan and regional Queensland.
For an investment of $78,159, round 2 collaboration fund projects allowed LAQ to extend the geographic reach, scope and scale of its CLE program, using grant recipients’ professional networks and established grass roots relationships to engage with and deliver CLE to vulnerable people.
As in round 1, the round 2 projects improved collaboration between legal assistance services, community service providers and other stakeholders. An example of this in action was the RLAF partners undertaking joint community CLE needs assessment, coordination, promotion and delivery of CLE sessions and resources to help ensure CLE met key audiences’ needs. A number of round 2 projects worked with stakeholder groups outside the legal assistance sector (eg community sector workers and allied health professionals) to engage with vulnerable people.
Round 2 CLE topics included personal injuries, child protection, family law, domestic violence, elder abuse, Queensland’s guardianship framework, human rights and anti-discrimination, cyber bullying and sexting, youth justice and dealing with the police, and civil law litigation.
The projects targeted their CLE delivery to young parents, disadvantaged youth, Indigenous communities, key stakeholders and advocates for elderly people, self-represented civil litigants, and other key audiences.
The Personal Injury Self Help Kit — Suncoast Community Legal Service
Knowing Your Rights — Legal Representation for Child Protection video (for Indigenous audiences) — Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
Youth legal issues CLE sessions — South west Queensland RLAF
Seniors legal issues/guardianship CLE sessions — Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House and Caxton Legal Centre.