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Legal issues

114 resources in total. To see which languages this resource is available in, click on its title.

Title: After you have separated: making arrangements about the children
Summary: This fact sheet has information on the law in Australia and making arrangements for the children after you have separated.

Title: Applying for supreme court bail
Summary: Being on bail means you are not in jail as you wait for your case to be heard. This brochure explains when you can get bail and the things you should know before you apply to the Supreme Court for bail. Note: translations will be updated shortly.

Title: Are you disqualified from driving?
Summary: NSW introduced laws in 2017 that give police stronger powers to improve public and road safety and aim to reduce reoffending by introducing new ways for people to return to lawful driving.

Title: Are you having problems with your home mortgage?
Summary: This fact sheet explains what you can do if you have problems with your home loan repayments.

Title: Are you on a treatment order?
Summary: A treatment order is a legal document that allows a hospital or mental health clinic to give you treatment for a mental illness. While you are on an order, you lose some of your rights and freedoms. You may have to stay in hospital. You can be given treatment even if you do not agree to it.

Title: Australian Charter of Health Care Rights (2nd edition)
Summary: This is the second edition of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights. These rights apply to all people in all places where health care is provided in Australia. The Charter describes what you or someone you care for, can expect when receiving health care.

Title: Avoiding scams
Summary: A scam is a trick developed by unscrupulous people to steal your money or personal information. This resource lists the types of scams and gives advice on how to protect yourself and what you can do to take action against scams.

Title: A guide for faith communities on the reportable conduct scheme
Summary: This information sheet explains what the reportable conduct scheme is and the requirements of religious organisations. It also lists the reportable allegations and the reporting procedure.

Title: A guide to bail
Summary: Being on bail means you are not in gaol as you wait for your case to be heard. This brochure will help you understand bail and how to apply for bail.

Title: Being exploited at work? Know your rights: Serious exploitation at work may be a crime
Summary: Bad treatment at work can be a crime. Slavery, forced labour, human trafficking, and debt bondage are all crimes in Australia. For more information or access to free confidential legal assistance please contact Anti-Slavery Australia.

Title: Beware of scams (Bilingual version)
Summary: A scam is designed to trick you into giving away your money or personal information.

Title: Breaking a fixed loan fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet tells you what the Finanical Obudsman Service advises if you have a problem with breaking a fixed loan.

Title: Buying a car
Summary: This information will help you make the right decisions when buying a car.

Title: Can I get legal aid? (Video)
Summary: Do you have questions about grants of legal aid? Watch our new animated video to find out more.

Title: Character references-how they can help you if you are going to court
Summary: This pamphlet explains how character references can help you if you are going to court.

Title: Charged with driving without a valid licence?
Summary: This brochure explains what to do when you are pleading guilty to charges of driving while unlicensed, suspended, cancelled or disqualified.

Title: Charter of Aged Care Rights
Summary: This booklet informs you of your rights as an aged care consumer and how you can exercise them. It also includes some information about your responsibilities as an aged care consumer.

Title: Children's court for young people
Summary: This information sheet explains what the children's court does.

Title: Child support service - help for people with child support problems
Summary: This brochure explains how Legal Aid NSW's Child Support Service can help both paying and carer parents with child support matters.

Title: Collection of personal information for the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
Summary: The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) service providers collect personal information for the Department of Education and Training. The information collected could be disclosed to other agencies or organisations. This information lists the organisations that have access to your data.

Title: Consent to disclose medical information (bilingual version)
Summary: This form is used to confirm that you consent to your treating health professionals and/or health providers disclosing relevant information about your disability or medical conditions to the Australian Government Department of Human Services (the department), or assessors engaged by the department.

Title: Cosmetic Injectables - when things go wrong (Video with subtitles)
Summary: Have you had a cosmetic procedure that's gone wrong and don't know what to do about it?

Title: Dispute settlement - can't I just take my neighbour to court?
Summary: In this video from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, learn about the pros and cons of taking a neighbour to court and alternatives that often turn out cheaper and simpler. Visit disputes.vic.gov.au/reachingagreement for more in this series.

Title: Dispute settlement - is there a third party or someone else who can help sort the problem out for me?
Summary: In some situations it might be a good idea to get a third party involved to help reach an agreement. In this video from the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, learn how getting a neutral party to help sort the problem out might work for you. Visit disputes.vic.gov.au/reachingagreement for more in this series.

Title: Dividing property after you have separated
Summary: This fact sheet has information on making an agreement or going to court, and how your property may be divided by the court. You will also find information on where to get help.

Title: Door-to-door-sales
Summary: Door-to-door sales may include people who are trying to sell household goods, offering to do repairs to the house or asking you to change gas, electricity, telephone or internet providers.

Title: Drink driving charges and you: what to do if you are pleading guilty to a drink driving charge
Summary: This brochure explains what to do if you are pleading guilty to a drink driving charge.

Title: Drugs, driving and you: what to do if you are pleading guilty to a drug-related driving charge in the local court
Summary: What you should know if you have been charged with a drug-related driving offence and how you can prepare for the court case.

Title: Employment problems
Summary: This fact sheet lists the main legal issues that can occur at your workplace.

Title: Female circumcision and the law in Australia
Summary: This information sheet explains what the law regarding female circumcision is in Australia and how the law is applied.

Title: Forced marriage - safety plan
Summary: This safety plan is a guide to help you protect yourself and get help safely. You can use this plan if you are scared about being made to get married, scared about refusing a marriage or scared to leave a marriage that you never agreed to.

Title: Forced marriage - small fold away booklet
Summary: The English version of this resource links to the 'Information about forced marriage for agencies, community organisations and service providers'. This document has been produced by the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Communication and Awareness Working Group to provide agreed, best-practice information about forced marriage.This information is designed to be culturally, gender and age appropriate and is part of the Forced Marriage Community Pack .The in language versions are a brief handout for people who are affected by forced marriage.

Title: Forced marriage frequently asked questions sheet
Summary: The English version of this resource links to the 'Information about forced marriage for agencies, community organisations and service providers'. This document has been produced by the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery Communication and Awareness Working Group to provide agreed, best-practice information about forced marriage.This information is designed to be culturally, gender and age appropriate and is part of the Forced Marriage Community Pack .The in language versions are a brief handout for people who are affected by forced marriage.

Title: Get legal help (eSafety Women Guide 5)
Summary: You can get legal help if technology is being used to abuse, control or frighten you. This guide explains what behavour is illegal, how to collect evidence and where you can get legal advice.

Title: Get street smart: Under 18s: know your legal rights
Summary: Rights are important but they only work if you know what they are. This document tells you what your rights are when your're dealing with police on the streets in NSW

Title: Going to court
Summary: This booklet explains what to do if you have received a Court Attendance Notice for a criminal offence and have to go to a NSW Local Court.

Title: Guide to conciliation conferences
Summary: This booklet explains a free service available to help people resolve a complaint without going to court.

Title: Guide to dealing with financial difficulty
Summary: This booklet explains how to get help if you have financial difficulties.

Title: Helping your family financially? Understand the risks
Summary: It can be a worry for older people when they see their adult children struggling financially. Before you decide to help you should be aware of the risks involved - expecially if your home is all you have.

Title: Human Rights in Australia for families (Video)
Summary: This is an animated film on Human Rights in Australia.

Title: Information for victims of crime
Summary: Whether you are a victim or a person assisting a victim, this booklet answers some of the most common questions I hear from victims, their families and friends. It would be impractical to answer all your questions in one booklet, so I urge you to ask the police, the prosecutor or other public official who can follow-up on questions of particular interest to you. Information applicable to South Australia only.

Title: Introduction to criminal case (video)
Summary: The Children’s Court of Victoria has developed the mock hearing in this video to provide information to young people who have been charged with a criminal offence.The mock hearing does not represent what will happen in every criminal case but will help you to understand what happens in the Children’s Court.

Title: Introduction to intervention order case (video)
Summary: The Children’s Court of Victoria has developed the mock hearing in this video to inform those involved in intervention order cases about court processes. The mock hearing does not represent what happens in every case and is not a substitute for legal advice. An intervention order may be made in the Children’s Court where either party (affected family member/affected person or respondent) is a child i.e. a person under the age of 18 years.The video shows a “contested” case.

Title: Introduction to the reportable conduct scheme
Summary: This factsheet summarises what type of conduct needs to be reported, who the scheme applies to, what the organisations' obligations are and what the head of an organisation needs to do and within what time frame.

Title: Kids can drown without a sound
Summary: A literature review identified portable pools as a high risk location for child drowning and near drowning. Discussions with bilingual workers, key informants and focus group participants also identified the need for water safety education among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Kids Health developed a portable pool safety brochure titled "Kids Can Drown Without a Sound" based on focus group feedback conducted by Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS). This brochure raises awareness of the safety issues associated with portable swimming pools and the legal requirement for fencing to English and non-English speaking community groups.

Title: Kids in care - community services want to talk about my kids- what will happen? 1
Summary: This brochure explains what will happen when Community Services want to talk about your children.

Title: Kids in care - going to the childrens court 2
Summary: This brochure explains what will happen when Community Services remove your children from your care.

Title: Kids in care - the childrens court made a decision I am unhappy about - what can I do? 4
Summary: This brochure explains how to make an appeal against a decision from the Children's Court.

Title: Kids in care - things have changed and I want my kids back - what can I do? 3
Summary: If you think things have changed since the Children’s Court made orders, you can make an application to the Children’s Court for the orders to be changed (‘variation’) or cancelled (‘rescission’). These are called ‘section 90’ applications.

Title: Kids in care - what happens when my kids are in care? 5
Summary: The brochure explains what happens when the Court places your kids under the care of Community Services.

Title: Making a complaint - Health Complaints Commissioner
Summary: You have the right to access safe, quality healthcare and to be treated with respect. Raising your concerns when this doesn’t happen protects your rights and can improve the health system for all Victorians. How can I launch a complaint with the Health Complaints Commissioner?

Title: Making a complaint - Victoria Police
Summary: This information sheet explaints how to make a complaint about police

Title: Mistaken internet payments fact sheet
Summary: This fact sheet describes what to do if you make a mistake when transferring money electronically or if someone accesses your account without your consent.

Title: Mobile phone contracts - tips for consumers
Summary: What you need to know and consider before and after you sign a mobile phone contract.

Title: Money management kit: for community settlement workers
Summary: The kit was developed for community settlement workers who work with new arrivals. It can also be used by teachers and welfare and healthcare professionals who provide general financial literacy education, or teach English as a second language. The money management kit contains factsheets, audio stories and photo stories. It includes the following topics: Household budgets, saving money, paying bills, contracts, insurance, debt, working in Australia, credits, types of credits

Title: My health records - my rights
Summary: What are my rights? Under Victorian law, you have the right to know what health information is held about you, how and why it was collected and what it’s being used for. You can ask to see your health information and change it if it’s incorrect. You can also ask to have your health information sent to another health service provider. If these requests are refused, you deserve a written explanation.

Title: My health records - my rights (audio version)
Summary: What are my rights? Under Victorian law, you have the right to know what health information is held about you, how and why it was collected and what it’s being used for. You can ask to see your health information and change it if it’s incorrect. You can also ask to have your health information sent to another health service provider. If these requests are refused, you deserve a written explanation.

Title: Overview of the Child Safe Standards
Summary: This is an overview of the purpose of the Commission for Children and Young People and explains the principles of the the Child Safe Standards, what they are and how to implement them.

Title: Phone and door to door sales
Summary: This factsheet explains what door to door and phone sales are and lists your legal rights when signing a contract.

Title: Planning ahead -tools for your future legal, health and financial decisions
Summary: Replace a will, make a power of attorney, appoint an enduring guardian

Title: Plan for the future: Decisions about your life
Summary: If you get sick or injured and can't make decisions, you can choose someone who can make decisions for you by making an 'enduring power of attorney'. For example, as you get older, you might need help to go to the bank or to get aged care services.

Title: Plan for the future: Decisions about your medical treatment
Summary: If you can't make a medical treatment decision because you are very sick the law says who can make this decision for you. If you want to choose who can make medical treatment decisions for you fill in the 'appointment of medical treatment decision maker' form.

Title: Police powers - book 1: Questions
Summary: There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series. Book 1 explains what the police can do and not do - their rights and responsibilities.

Title: Police powers - book 2: Searches
Summary: There are 4 books in the Easy English Police Powers series. Book 2 is about your rights when the police want to search you.

Title: Police powers - your right and responsibilities
Summary: Police have a lot of powers to help them carry out their work. Most of these powers are set out in legislation. The following information may help you to understand these powers and what rights and responsibilities you have in different situations about arrest, searching people and their property, public disorder, move along directions, detention of intoxicated persons, seizing goods and more.

Title: Police powers book 3: Arrest on the street
Summary: There are 4 books in the Easy English police powers series. Book 3 explains your rights if you get arrested on the street

Title: Police powers book 4: Arrest at the police station
Summary: There are 4 books in the Easy English police powers series available. Book 4 explains your rights if you are arrested and interviewed at a police station.

Title: Primary victims applicants brochure
Summary: Definitions and entitlements of Primary Victims under Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Title: Protecting your privacy
Summary: Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) is the state’s leading public oral health agency. DHSV is accountable through its Board of Directors to the Victorian Minister for Health. This brochure has been produced to help you understand your rights and why information is collected about you and/or your child.

Title: Questions you should ask your lawyer
Summary: This pamphlet answers the 10 most commonly asked questions people ask dealing with lawyers.

Title: Refunds, replacements and repairs
Summary: This factsheet explains when you can ask for a refund, replacement and repair for your purchase.

Title: Related victims applicant brochure
Summary: Definitions and entitlements of Related Victims under Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

Title: Renting - during a tenancy
Summary: This factsheet explains your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy.

Title: Renting - ending a tenancy
Summary: This factsheet explains your rights and responsibilities when ending a tenancy.

Title: Renting - starting a tenancy
Summary: This factsheet explains the various expressions and terms that are used when renting

Title: Renting in Victoria: bonds (video)
Summary: This short video explains what a bond is when renting a property

Title: Renting in Victoria: condition reports (video)
Summary: This short video explains the purpose of a condition report when renting a property.

Title: Renting in Victoria: repairs (video)
Summary: This short video explains who has to pay for damage repairs and within what timeline when renting a property.

Title: Renting in Victoria: starting and ending a lease (video)
Summary: A short one minute video on how to start and end a lease when renting a property.

Title: Resolving your dispute: can’t I just fix it myself? Do I have to talk to my neighbour first?
Summary: The following videos have been developed by the Dispute Settlement Centre to provide you with helpful information about resolving neighbourhood disputes.

Title: Safe at home: what can I do about family violence?
Summary: This booklet is about family violence intervention orders. It can help you, or someone you know who has experienced violence at home

Title: Sarah's story: introducing the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to deaf consumers
Summary: Sarah’s Story uses a realistic case study to deliver key information about FOS, when FOS can get involved in a dispute, and how it uses negotiation and conciliation to reach a resolution

Title: Scams
Summary: This factsheet explains what a scam is, describes the most common ones and provides advice how you can avoid them.

Title: Secondary victim applicants brochure
Summary: Definitions and entitlements of Secondary Victims under Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

Title: Separation and divorce
Summary: This fact sheet contains information on what you need to do, your rights and responsibilities and where to get help.

Title: Services
Summary: This factsheet explains what a service is and what you have to know before you sign a contract.

Title: Sex and the law in Easy English with a lot of illustrations
Summary: This factsheet explains under what circumstances it is legally ok to have sex.

Title: Shopping tips
Summary: What you need to know before you decide to buy something.

Title: So you want the violence to stop - Advice about domestic violence and help at court
Summary: This information sheet explains what an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is and explains some of the terminology used in court in relation to Domestic Violence (DV).

Title: Taking children's rights seriously: an overview (bilingual fact sheet)
Summary: This fact sheet provides a short overview on the child safety standards and the laws that require organisations to report any allegations that one of their workers or volunteers has abused a child and do an investigation.

Title: Talking together (Video with English subtitles)
Summary: This video contains consumer rights information including scamming, signing a contract, making a complaint and service hire. It has been co-designed with the community

Title: The Australian's Government's Law of Behaviour and Bridging Visas
Summary: The code of behaviour is a promise to follow Australian laws and rules. This fact sheet outlines the legal rights and responsibilities for people on a Bridging E visa under the code of behaviour.

Title: The basics: Your rights at work
Summary: If you are a temporary working visa holder, a permanent resident, or an Australian citizen, you are covered by work health and safety laws that apply to everyone in Australia. This fact sheet lists your rights at work.

Title: The first step: getting help to reach agreement with the other parent
Summary: This fact sheet is for parents who are no longer in a relationship together, or are thinking about separating. It has informaion for parents making decisions about the children's future. There are services that can help separated parents try to agree about the children. This is called family dispute resolution.

Title: The Tribunal (VCAT)
Summary: The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Residential Tenancies List) hears disputes between landlords and tenants. It is not a court, but it is able to make decisions that can be legally enforced. It is intended to be informal and cheap, and to resolve disputes quickly and fairly

Title: Travelling con men
Summary: Travelling con men are dodgy tradesmen who knock on doors of homes and small businesses.

Title: Underquoting: new laws help home buyers decide if the price is right
Summary: New underquoting laws aim to keep agents honest and give buyers a fair go in an open and transparent property market.

Title: Understanding money in Australia
Summary: Information about borrowing money thorugh loans and credit cards, paying bills and budgetting

Title: Understanding ombudsmen and making a complaint
Summary: This fact sheet is designed to help refugee and migrant women living in Victoria, and the community services that work with them, to better understand the Ombudsmen’s services. Whether we are able to understand and use the financial systems in Australia and take part in the economy affects our health, safety and wellbeing.

Title: Variation applications brochure
Summary: Brochure outlining how to make an application for variation of an award after receiving an award of assistance from Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal.

Title: Victorian statement of rights - 1. Assessment order
Summary: An Assessment Order allows a psychiatrist to examine you to decide if you have a mental illness. This statement is about the legal rights and entitlements of persons on Assessment Orders.

Title: Victorian statement of rights - 3. Treatment order
Summary: A Treatment Order is made by the Mental Health Tribunal. A Treatment Order allows a psychiatrist to give you compulsory treatment for mental illness. ‘Compulsory treatment’ means that a psychiatrist can give you treatment for mental illness even if you do not want it. A psychiatrist is a doctor who knows a lot about helping people with mental illness.

Title: Victorian statement of rights - 4. Secure treatment order
Summary: A secure treatment order has been made for you because you were in prison or other place of confinement and you need immediate treatment for serious mental illness to stop your illness getting worse or to stop you from being seriously hurt or seriously hurting someone else. A secure treatment order allows you to be taken from prison or other place of confinement to a hospital so you can be given compulsory treatment for mental illness. ‘Compulsory treatment’ means that a psychiatrist can give you treatment for mental illness even if you don’t want it. While you are in hospital you are a security patient. This booklet provides information about Secure Treatment Orders and your legal rights and entitlements under the Mental Health Act 2014.

Title: Victoria Legal Aid help card
Summary: The Victoria Legal Aid help card outlines a range of common legal problems the organisation may be able to assist with and gives details for contacting their Legal Help phone line.

Title: Victoria Legal Aid help poster
Summary: The Victoria Legal Aid poster outlines a range of common legal problems the organisation may be able to assist with and gives details for contacting their Legal Help phone line.

Title: What do I do now?
Summary: This short brochure explains the things you need to know immediately after the death of a loved one is reported to the coroner.

Title: What do I need to know before moving in? (rooming houses) Student housing
Summary: Overview on your rights and duties when renting a room.

Title: What do I need to know before moving in (private rental and share houses) Student housing
Summary: Overview on tenants rights and duties before moving into a rental property.

Title: What if you do not agree with a decision? (bilingual version)
Summary: If you do not agree with a decision about your entitlements, you have the right to ask for a review of the decision.

Title: Which housing option is right for me? Student housing
Summary: The housing option that best suits your needs will depend on a range of factors, most of which are practical (such as the cost). However before you sign anything, it is worth taking the time to consider the legal status of each accommodation type, as this could help you make your final choice.

Title: Who will decide for you if you can't decide for yourself? Think about planning ahead
Summary: This information sheet explains how you can plan ahead in case you lose capacity to make your own decision one day.

Title: Why make a will?
Summary: This information sheet explains what a will is - why you should have one and the legal aspects of it..

Title: Working in Australia: workplace rights overview
Summary: All employees working in Australia have the same workplace rights including migrant workers and visa holders. This is a website addressing rights and responsibilities of employers and employees. It contains information on pay, holiday and other leave entitlements, starting and ending a job, fair work statement plus a video about working in Australia.

Title: Your shopping rights
Summary: If there is a problem with goods you have bought, the store may have to provide a replacement, refund, repair or other type of ‘remedy’. The type of remedy available depends on the problem.

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