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Round 3 summary report


Printable version: Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund round 3 summary report(PDF, 262KB)

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 community legal education work, in line with our CLE Strategy.

The fund’s objective is to resource community legal education 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. $100,000 was made available for each funding round.

We have distributed four funding rounds to grant recipients:

  • round 1: $88,332.20 distributed in December 2011
  • round 2: $78,159 distributed in June 2012
  • round 3: $96,007 distributed in June 2013
  • round 4: $110,850 distributed in June 2014.

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.

Application process

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.

Supported projects

Project grant recipients

Grant recipient

Project description

Grant amount

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.

19,951

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.

11,909

Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)

To develop online Legal Health Check training videos for community workers.

9624

Nundah Community Legal Service

To deliver CLE sessions on common legal issues to the local community.

10,000

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.

15,523

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.

10,000

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.

5000

Regional Legal Assistance Forum (RLAF) initiatives*

To resource additional RLAF CLE activities in regional areas in partnership with other local legal service agencies.

5000

Total

 

$87,007

*Note: No activities were undertaken for this project so the unspent $5000 grant was returned to LAQ at 30 June 2014.

External evaluation grant recipients

Grant recipient

Project description

Grant amount

Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH)

To evaluate how viewers of the Legal Health Check videos applied the learnings they acquired from the two online videos.

3000

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.

3000

Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA)

To evaluate how workshop attendees applied the learnings and skills they acquired from the workshops.

3000

Total

 

$9000

Summary results

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:

  • extend the geographic reach, scope and scale of its CLE program — using grant recipients’ subject matter expertise, professional networks and established grass roots relationships to engage with and deliver CLE to vulnerable people
  • fund two1 external project evaluations to enhance reporting of CLE outcomes.

1. The Suncoast Community Legal Service did not undertake an external evaluation and returned their external evaluation grant to LAQ.

Summary round 3 project outputs

  • Of the eight round 3 projects, seven projects were completed and one project was discontinued (Regional Legal Assistance Forum Initiatives (RLAF) project).
  • 126 CLE sessions were delivered to 3089 attendees.
  • Seventeen new resources were produced including a web-based interactive version of the Personal Injury Self Help Kit, two Legal Health Check online training videos, 10 CLE PowerPoint presentations, two training handouts and other resources.
  • No existing CLE resources were updated as part of these projects, although the interactive web-based Personal Injury Self Help Kitwas a new initiative which stemmed from the hard-copy version of the kit developed in round 2 of the fund.
  • Sixty-eight (54 percent) of the 126 CLE sessions were delivered in regional Queensland. The other 58 sessions were delivered in the greater Brisbane area.

Collaboration

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:

  • The QPILCH Homeless Persons Legal Clinic collaborated with Roma House (Mission Australia) which provided the location and volunteers for the Online Legal Health Check training video production.
  • The Nundah Community Legal Service liaised with private law firms, community service providers and government agencies to secure subject matter experts to present a number of their CLE sessions (eg neighbourhood issues and disputes, family law and domestic violence) at the Nundah Community Centre.
  • The RAILS liaised with 18 regional domestic violence services and support organisations to coordinate its CLE sessions. The regional domestic violence services assisted with securing venues and promoting the sessions to regional workers.
  • The Bundaberg RLAF worked closely with a Bundaberg Family Law Pathways Network officer and an Indigenous family support worker to engage with Indigenous communities throughout the region, including the Cherbourg and South Burnett communities.

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).

Project highlights

QADA—giving you a voice

CLE workshops on Queensland’s guardianship framework delivered to professionals who work with adults who have reduced capacity for decision making in regional Queensland
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy

Personal injury self help kit  

Interactive online Personal Injury Self Help Kit
Suncoast Community Legal Service

Legal health check

Legal Health Check online training videos
Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House

Nundah Community Legal Service  

CLE sessions on common legal issues 
Nundah Community Legal Service

Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)  
CLE sessions on changes to the family violence provisions in the Migration Regulations 1994
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service

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