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 Corruption Commission
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) is a statutory body set up to fight major crime and enhance public sector integrity in Queensland.
What does the CCC do?
- investigates organised crime, paedophilia, terrorist activity and other serious crime referred to it for investigation
- receives and investigates allegations of serious or systemic corrupt conduct
- helps recover the proceeds of crime
- provides the witness protection service for the state of Queensland
- conducts research on crime, policing or other relevant matters.
CCC has publications and reports about children and young people on their website.
Office of the Public Guardian
The Office of the Public Guardian is an independent statutory body which works to protect the rights and interests of children and young people in out-of-home care (foster care, kinship care), residential care, youth detention or other supported accommodation. The Public Guardian is independent and its decisions are not influenced by any government department or other agency.
The Office of the Public Guardian provides individual advocacy for children and young people in the child protection system, ensuring their views and wishes are taking into consideration when decisions are made about them and their care arrangements.
The Office of the Public Guardian also administers a statewide Community Vistor Program for children in out-of-home care. Community Visitors help children and young people in care by answering questions and solving problems that they may be experiencing in care. They can help children and young people in care get the support and services they need.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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.