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Round 5 summary report


Printable version: Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund round 5 summary report(PDF, 71KB)

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. Approximately $100,000 is made available for each funding round. Round 6 and Round 7 are being funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG).

We have distributed six 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 (see note 1)
  • round 5: $120,248 distributed in June 2015 (see note 1)
  • round 6: $76,290 distributed in June 2016

Note 1: Legal Aid Queensland supplemented the $100,000 funding pool to resource Regional Legal Assistance Forum projects and external evaluation grants.  

This report will focus on the collaboration fund’s fifth round. The round 5 projects were generally undertaken between 1 July 2015 and 31 August 2016 with some larger project continuing past this date.

Application process

In round 5, we invited eligible community legal centres (CLCs) that are incorporated, CLCs that are sponsored by an incorporated body, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) 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. 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 $120,248 to these eight projects. A list of project grant recipients is provided on the following page, along with a summary of their project outcomes.

Applicants were originally also encouraged to apply for $3000 external evaluation grants to appoint an external evaluator, experienced in conducting project/program evaluations in the community sector, to evaluate their project. Due to funding constraints at the time of assessing the grant application, we could not continue to offer the evaluation grants.

Project grants summary

Grant recipient Project outcomes Grant amount

Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA) now known as ADA Australia

QADA created a ‘Legal Topics for Older People’ diary for Queensland for 2016.

This grant was used to fund printing and production costs for the diary. QADA charge $10 for each diary with the view to the diary being self-sustainable from 2017 onwards.

The 2017 diary can be ordered online.

Target group: older people

20,000

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI)

 

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), in cooperation with Endeavour Foundation, were funded to produce, publish and distribute a pictorial legal information booklet(PDF, 5.07MB) for people with an intellectual disability. The booklet is an educational resource providing legal information about a person’s legal rights and responsibilities if they’ve been questioned by police or been charged with an offence and are required to go to court.

This booklet was developed by QAI in consultation with people with a disability who have experience interacting with the criminal justice system. The booklet has been loaded onto YouTube with audio to make it more accessible to the audience.

Target group: people with intellectual disabilities and their carers

20,000

Suncoast Community Legal Centre (SCLS)

SCLS developed a dramatic script for community legal education on power of attorney and elder abuse. The purpose of this play is to educate older people about their rights and responsibilities about power of attorney and elder abuse.

The grant was for a one-off performance of “Piano Forte” to be professionally filmed and edited into a digital video resource.

The script was written and developed by SCLS project officer Toni Wills as part of her Masters of Creative Arts (at the University of the Sunshine Coast) in consultation with the Seniors Legal and Support Service.

Target group: older persons and anyone seeking information on enduring power of attorney/elder abuse

5,248

Caxton Legal Centre / RAILS

The project engaged members of emerging communities in Brisbane to increase their awareness of workplace rights, develop culturally appropriate legal information resources and encourage access to employment law services. The project delivered a series of legal information sessions called “Your rights at work”.

Target group: African and Middle Eastern communities in the greater Brisbane area eg language groups: Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Hazara, Somali, Eriteran, Rohingya, Kenyan, Rwandan. Other cultural groups included: Tamil, PNG, Soloman Islanders, Chinese, Thai.

20,000

Prisoners Legal Service (PLS)

The PLS coordinated and participated in a statewide strategy to increase and build capacity of community legal centres and community organisations to better engage with Indigenous prisoners, particularly in regional areas. This engagement with prisoners focused on parole and post release issues such as debt and housing.

The project aimed to:

  • increase prisoner awareness of the types of legal matters CLCs and community service organisations can help with
  • increase CLC and community service organisations’ awareness of prisoners’ legal matters and post release issues that may fall within their particular expertise
  • increase service delivery as appropriate by negotiating between CLCs and Queensland Corrective Services to deliver outreach services and increase prisoners’ access to CLCs and community support services.

Info sessions were held and resources developed for the new website to improve resourcing for CLCs and clients.

Target group: Indigenous prisoners, particularly in regional Queensland

20,000

QPILCH (now LawRight)

QPILCH developed a series of five online videos to help self-represented litigants with specific tasks in litigation. Each video provides a practical, plain English explanation of the court rules, the key concepts relevant to litigation and the likely outcomes that can be achieved through litigation.

Target group: self-represented litigants

19,000

South West Regional Legal Assistance Forum (SW RLAF)

The SW RLAF were funded to continue delivering CLE sessions in schools (in the Toowoomba region) on cyber bulling and using social media safely. This project was partially completed.

6,000

Bundaberg RLAF

The RLAF was funded to continue with the information sessions organised for community service providers covering family law, child protection and domestic violence. This project was not completed.

5,000

Summary of project outcomes

The round 5 projects delivered cost effective, responsive CLE to key audiences in south east and regional Queensland.

Round 5 project outputs aligned with the Commonwealth legal aid service priorities noted in the NPA, a key requirement of the CLE Collaboration Fund guidelines.

The $120,248 investment in the eight round 5 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 grassroots relationships to engage with and deliver CLE to vulnerable people and communities.

Summary round 5 project outputs

Of the eight round 5 projects, six projects were completed. One project was partially completed. One project was not completed.

CLE sessions delivered in total No of attendees in total No of new online video resources and publications

38

1614

12

  • 61% of the CLE sessions were delivered in Brisbane (RAILS/Caxton project sessions).
  • Others were in regional Qld.

Details of CLE resources produced/updated

  • PowerPoint presentation and distribution of handout/booklet Cyber bullying, sexting and Facebook
  • Legal Topics for Older People Diary 2016–17x 5000
  • A series of 5 online videos assisting self-represented litigants
  • A webpage hosting the video resources for self-represented litigants
  • PowerPoint slides on “unemployment” and “Work rights and trouble at work”
  • Simple work rights brochure
  • Booklet about the police, court and lawyers(PDF, 5.07MB) illustrated for people with intellectual impairment and their support workers/carers
  • PLS updated website content, hard copy booklet for prisoners and updated parole and financial counselling kits
  • Digital video of Piano Forte CLE theatre performance.

Summary round 4 project outputs

Round 4 projects spanning two years 2014–16 were also reported on:

Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre ($5,000)

Facilitated ‘Workplace rights for teens’ information sessions to increase young peoples’ knowledge about their workplace rights before they enter the workforce.

No of CLE sessions in total No of attendees Resources produced

11 (All in regional Qld)

996

Workplace rights for teens PowerPoint

Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (now ADA Australia) ($17,000)

Partnered with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated to deliver workshops to inform and educate people with mental health issues and their families about Queensland’s Guardianship Framework.

No of CLE sessions in total No of attendees Resources produced

16 (75% in regional Qld)

312

Factsheet and PowerPoint on ‘Guardianship and Mental Health’ x 2000

Collaboration

As in previous rounds, the round 5 projects facilitated active collaboration between legal assistance services, community service providers and support workers, government workers and other stakeholders.

Examples of collaboration in action included:

  • The South West Queensland RLAF partnered with The Advocacy and Support Centre to deliver CLE sessions in schools on Cyber bullying, sexting and Facebook booklet.
  • RAILS and Caxton Legal Centre worked together to help employment law advice services become more accessible to new arrivals. A collaborative approach involved using Caxton’s specialist employment law advice service expertise and RAILS’ existing networks and relationships in the multicultural sector.

As in previous rounds, a number of round 5 projects worked with non-legal professionals (eg community sector workers and teachers) to help engage with key audiences for CLE (eg seniors, young people and new migrants).

Please see the Community workers and carers page for more information on the CLE collaboration fund projects and reports from past years.

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