Where can I find useful legal information resources?
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Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) is an independent statutory authority which administers the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.
The preamble to the Act describes it as:
"An Act to promote equality of opportunity for everyone by protecting them from unfair discrimination in certain areas of activity and from sexual harassment and certain associated objectionable conduct."
ADCQ produces a range of brochures and posters in different languages about discrimination law, including age discrimination, race discrimination and vilification and sexual harassment.
Australian Electoral Commission
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums and maintaining the commonwealth electoral roll.
AEC's website has an education resources page with information on democracy, federation, how to run school elections through to encouraging students to enrol to vote.
Australian Human Rights Commission
Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is the new name for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament. It is an independent statutory organisation and report to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General.
Their role is to:
- resolving complaints of discrimination or breaches of human rights under federal laws
- holding public inquiries into human rights issues of national importance
- developing human rights education programs and resources for schools, workplaces and the community
- providing independent legal advice to assist courts in cases that involve human rights principles
- providing advice and submissions to parliaments and governments to develop laws, policies and programs undertaking and
- coordinating research into human rights and discrimination issues
The AHRC produces resources for schools to use to help students learn about rights.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
MoneySmart is the consumer website of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). ASIC is the consumer protection regulator for financial services.
Check out the under 25s section all about managing your money.
Crime and Misconduct Commission
The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) was formed on 1 January 2002 to fight major crime and improve the integrity of the Queensland public sector.
What does the CMC do?
- Crime function helps police investigate major crime (includes organised crime, paedophilia and other serious crimes such as arson, murder and drug trafficking).
- Misconduct function seeks to raise standards of integrity in government agencies and to ensure that complaints about misconduct are handled properly. The misconduct jurisdiction covers the Queensland public sector, including the police service, statutory authorities, universities, local authorities, courts, prisons (private and state) and elected officials.
- Witness protection function protects people who have helped law enforcement agencies and have put themselves at risk to do so.
- conduct research into any matter related to our functions, especially criminal activity, police service methods, police powers, law enforcement by police and the improvement of the police service
- gather and analyse information to support our investigations and to build up an intelligence database
- work with Indigenous people and their communities.
CMC has resources for young people on their website.
Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian is an organisation which promotes and protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of all Queenslanders under 18. The Commission is independent, and its decisions are not influenced by any government department or other agency.
- monitor and review laws, policies and practices impacting on services provided to children and young people
- administer a state-wide Community Visitor Program for children and young people in alternative care, including foster care
- receive and investigate complaints about services to children and young people known to the Department of Child Safety
- maintain Child Death Register, administering the Child Death Case Review Committee and conducting research into child deaths
- employment screening of certain types of child-related employment (Bluecards)
- educate the community to comply with the Commission's Act
- monitor and review laws, policies and practices that impact on the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people at risk
- conduct research into issues impacting on the safety and well being of children and young people
- promote laws, policies and practices that uphold the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people, particularly those at risk.
Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian have a Kid's Space on their website.
Logan Youth Legal Service
Logan Youth Legal Service (LYLS) is a community legal centre based in the Logan city area. LYLS gives free legal advice and representation to young people under 18 years for criminal law or child protection matters.
LYLS provide community legal education workshops for schools and community groups and produce a package on the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC) including a checklist about how to ensure your organisation complies with CROC.
They also produce a range of legal information resources like posters, booklets and wallet cards on a range of topics including employment, public space and youth participation.
For more information, download Logan Youth Service's list of resources (PDF - 28KB), call them on 3826 1500 or visit the website.
National Children's and Youth Law Centre
The National Children's and Youth Law Centre is a community legal centre dedicated to addressing human right issues for children and young people through legal change.
Lawstuff has legal information for children and young people Australia-wide.
NetAlert CyberSafe schools
NetAlert CyberSafe schools is an Internet safety program designed to help teachers empower students on safe use of the Internet. Visit the website for details.
Queensland Government responsible gambling
The Queensland Government has produced the Responsible Gambling Teaching Resource Kit that contains a range of modules, idea sheets and resources to help teachers implement responsible gambling education in the classroom. The resources are most suited to students in the middle and senior phases of learning.
School stuff and School stuff 2 are interactive internet sites designed for young people to investigate issues associated with gambling.
Queensland Law Society
The Queensland Law Society (QLS) is the peak professional body for solicitors in Queensland. QLS assists legal practitioners to continually improve their services, while monitoring their practices to ensure they meet the high standard of practice set for the profession in Queensland. As well as working with the profession, QLS assists the public by advising of the law affecting Queenslanders and working towards improving their access to justice. The Queensland Law Society understands that learning about the law can appear daunting, and has a dedicated Schools and Community Education Service for the Queensland community. This service offers:
- The Verdict, a full colour magazine with informative legal and community interest articles written by legal practitioners, allied professionals and community leaders. The emphasis of The Verdict is 'accessibility' and as well as quality articles, this magazine provides legal puzzles, cartoons, legal research links and competitions. The Verdict is available by subscription in hard copy. Archived editions of the magazine are available online.
- Speakers Bureau, where you can find out more about the law from a legal professional. Within the SCES program is a register of speakers who are available to speak to schools and community groups on a range of legal topics. To access the speaker bureau you need to be a current subscriber of The Verdict magazine. A minimum of four weeks notice is required and email requests can be forwarded to email@example.com.
- Dozens of easy-to-read Fact Sheets on a range of legal issues, designed specifically to assist with lesson planning and assignment writing, but are also of great benefit to community groups and individuals wanting to access simple and contemporary legal information. These fact sheets can be found on the website.
The SCES program offers a Resource Library for current subscribers of The Verdict magazine. This library includes DVDs of top legal speakers, conference and seminar paper and allied industry information. For a full list of the resources available, visit the website.
If you want to know more about the QLS Schools and Community Education Service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit QLS Schools.
Queensland Parliament has a range of information resources and schools can arrange tours. For more information visit their website.
Sentencing Advisory Council
In 2000, the Victorian Government requested a review of aspects of Victoria's sentencing laws. This was in response to concerns that the sentencing process was in need of reform. As a result of a report produced by this review the Victorian Government established the Sentencing Advisory Council in 2004 as an independent statutory body.
The Council has been active producing numerous reports on complex sentencing issues, published previously unavailable statistical analyses and held a conference on politics, public opinion and the development of sentencing policy.
The Council's website has a range of publications on the issues around sentencing including discussions about the law, the process and the available options. It should be noted that these are based on a Victorian perspective however some of the general observations apply more broadly.
- Judge for yourself: A guide to sentencing in Australia booklet is produced by the Judicial Conference of Australia and attempts to provide answers to some of the many questions people have about how sentencing occurs in Australia.
- You be the Judge is a teachers' package with a focus on the Victorian criminal justice and education systems but may assist in getting ideas for reviewing case studies.
The United Nations is a collection of countries (around 192) with the following aims:
- to keep peace throughout the world to develop friendly relations between nations to work together to help people live better lives, to eliminate poverty, disease and illiteracy in the world, to stop environmental destruction and to encourage respect for each other's rights and freedoms
- to be a centre for helping nations achieve these aims.
The United Nation's cyber school bus is a global teaching and learning project with a broad range of information on the work of the United Nations and human rights.
Young Workers Advisory Service
Young Workers Advisory Service (YWAS) is a safety-net government funded community organisation that provides information, advocacy, referrals and advice to young workers (under 25) in Queensland about employment/industrial relations concerns.
- teachers can request a school talk or a curriculum kit Get SMART about Casual Work by visiting YWAS' website
- students can visit the YWAS website
- for more information, check out the website or call on (07) 3211 1447 (Brisbane) or 1800 232 000 (outside Brisbane).
Youth Advocacy Centre
The Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) offers free confidential legal and welfare help to young people under 17 who live in or around Brisbane and, on a limited basis to young people outside Brisbane, but living in Queensland, by telephone. Help may also be available to 17 or 18-year-olds if their problem is about school or being held in a Brisbane juvenile detention centre. YAC's community legal education staff can:
- provide advice and information to young people, welfare agencies, lawyers, social workers, teachers, students and other interested groups present lectures, workshops and papers on request
- present legal based workshops for workers with young people
YAC has a number of resources, including:
- legal info kit (a series of 13 sheets to answer young people's most commonly asked questions about the law) Laying Down the Criminal Law: A handbook for youth workers (a resource to help workers with young people better understand legal issues)
- visit www.yac.net.au or call on (07) 3857 1155 for more information.