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Round 2 summary report


Printable version: Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund Round 2 summary report(PDF, 191KB)

Background

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:

  • promote collaboration between legal assistance and community based services
  • help people identify legal problems early, understand their legal rights and responsibilities, and how to access legal help.

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.

Application process

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.

Supported projects

Grant recipient Project description Grant amount
Caxton Legal Centre Inc
  • Evaluate and report on the Caxton Legal Centre CLE program’s effectiveness.
  • Conduct a literature review to research and report on best practice CLE.
  • Develop a CLE strategy.
10,000
Suncoast Community Legal Service
  • Develop a self help kit to help people deal with small personal injuries claims.
9799
Youth Advocacy Centre
  • Work with pregnant and parenting young people to help them identify how to apply child protection legal information in their lives.
  • Develop an online multimedia resource to support young parents in applying child protection legal information in their lives.
8360
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Inc (QPILCH)
  • Externally evaluate the QPILCH’s civil litigation factsheets for self-represented litigants in the federal and state courts, to assess the factsheets’ effectiveness and identify improvements.
  • Use the external evaluation results to inform updates to existing factsheets and develop new factsheets, resulting in a series of best practice plain language factsheets that cover common steps in the civil litigation process.
  • Hold factsheet training sessions for Brisbane and regional CLC workers to help ensure the factsheets are correctly used.
10,000
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service
  • Develop a culturally appropriate child protection DVD for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Produce three short child protection radio messages to be broadcast monthly on community radio for 12 months.
10,000
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Inc and Caxton Legal Centre Inc
  • Deliver CLE sessions to seniors’ service providers on legal issues affecting seniors that may be resolved in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s jurisdiction.
10,000
Bundaberg region RLAF
  • Deliver CLE sessions in the Wide Bay Burnett region in response to community need.
10,000
South west Queensland RLAF
  • Resource sustainable CLE activities in regional areas in partnership with other local legal service agencies.
10,000
Total   $78,159

Summary results

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.

Summary round 2 project outputs

  • All eight round 2 projects were completed.
  • The projects delivered 28 CLE sessions to 1155 attendees.
  • 15 (54 percent) of these 28 CLE sessions were delivered in regional Queensland; the other 13 sessions were delivered in the greater Brisbane area.
  • The projects produced 42 new resources including 34 new publications (mostly factsheets), a child protection DVD for Indigenous audiences, an online child protection video for young parents, Caxton Legal Centre’s CLE Strategy, two CLE PowerPoint presentations and other resources.
  • The projects updated 21 existing resources, namely civil litigation and elder abuse/guardianship factsheets.

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.

Project highlights

The personal injury self help kit

The Personal Injury Self Help Kit — Suncoast Community Legal Service

Knowing your rights—Legal representation for child protection—Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 session  

Youth legal issues CLE sessions — South west Queensland RLAF

Caxton Legal Centre  

Seniors legal issues/guardianship CLE sessions — Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House and Caxton Legal Centre.

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