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Printable version: Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund round 3 summary report(PDF, 262KB)
Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) established the Community Legal Education (CLE) Collaboration Fund to resource collaborative initiatives and partnerships to extend the reach of our community legal education work, in line with our CLE Strategy.
The fund’s objective is to resource community legal education 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. $100,000 was made available for each funding round.
We have distributed four funding rounds to grant recipients:
This report will focus on round 3 of the collaboration fund. The round 3 projects were undertaken between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014.
In round 3, 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 project grants of up to $20,000.
Project proposals had to meet the fund guidelines to be eligible for funding. The fund guidelines outlined the fund’s objectives, eligible projects, grant criteria, examples of projects that would be considered, grant conditions, eligible costs, timeframes 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 $87,007 to these eight projects.
We invited successful project grant recipients to apply for one of three $3000 external evaluation grants to appoint an external evaluator experienced in conducting project/program evaluations in the community sector to evaluate their project. Three project grant recipients applied for external evaluation grants — all three applications were approved and we allocated $9000 to these three projects.
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA)
To deliver workshops on the Queensland guardianship framework to service providers and workers who provide support to adults with impaired capacity.
Suncoast Community Legal Service
To develop a web-based interactive version of the Personal Injury Self Help Kit publication to help self-representing clients with small personal injury claims to progress their claim.
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)
To develop online Legal Health Check training videos for community workers.
Nundah Community Legal Service
To deliver CLE sessions on common legal issues to the local community.
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)
To deliver CLE sessions to community support workers on changes to the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994.
Bundaberg Regional Legal Assistance Forum (RLAF)
To deliver CLE sessions on domestic and family violence and family law issues to community workers, government workers and the local community in the Wide Bay Burnett region.
South West Queensland Regional Legal Assistance Forum (RLAF)
To deliver CLE sessions on cyber bullying, sexting, youth rights and responsibilities, and dealing with the police to young people, parents and teachers.
Regional Legal Assistance Forum (RLAF) initiatives*
To resource additional RLAF CLE activities in regional areas in partnership with other local legal service agencies.
*Note: No activities were undertaken for this project so the unspent $5000 grant was returned to LAQ at 30 June 2014.
To evaluate how viewers of the Legal Health Check videos applied the learnings they acquired from the two online videos.
Suncoast Community Legal Service**
To evaluate the online Personal Injury Self Help Kit’s effectiveness in increasing user knowledge and/or understanding of the personal injury claim making process.
To evaluate how workshop attendees applied the learnings and skills they acquired from the workshops.
Most round 3 projects delivered cost effective, targeted CLE to key audiences in metropolitan and regional Queensland.
Round 3 project outputs aligned with the Commonwealth legal aid service priorities noted in the NPA, a key requirement of the CLE Collaboration Fund guidelines.
The $96,007 investment in round 3 projects allowed LAQ to:
1. The Suncoast Community Legal Service did not undertake an external evaluation and returned their external evaluation grant to LAQ.
As in previous rounds, the round 3 projects facilitated collaboration between legal assistance services, community service providers and support workers, government workers (eg Centrelink) and other stakeholders. Examples of collaboration in action included:
As in previous rounds, a number of round 3 projects worked with non-legal professionals (eg community sector workers and teachers) to engage with key target audiences for CLE (eg young people and Indigenous people).
CLE workshops on Queensland’s guardianship framework delivered to professionals who work with adults who have reduced capacity for decision making in regional QueenslandQueensland Aged and Disability Advocacy
Interactive online Personal Injury Self Help Kit
Suncoast Community Legal Service
Legal Health Check online training videos
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House
CLE sessions on common legal issues Nundah Community Legal Service
CLE sessions on changes to the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994Refugee and Immigration Legal Service