Access to Justice

WSCLC supports #StandByMe and Disability Advocacy

The Commonwealth Government recently announced that funding for national disability advocacy will end in June 2020. NSW state funding for advocacy, information and peak representation is also slated to cease in June 2018. This threatens a number of services which provide advocacy, information and support to people with disability. The VIC government has committed to fully [...]

2018-02-26T02:16:53+00:00 21st February, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Building relationships in multicultural Western Sydney

Leticia Marquez (right) and Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, at the African Women’s Group End of Year Celebration. Leticia Marquez is the Multicultural Specialist Court Advocacy Worker at WSCLC. This role is part of the Parramatta Womens’ Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS). WDVCAS provides information, support and referrals for women dealing with domestic violence legal [...]

WSCLC meets with delegation from China University of Political Science and Law

On 24 January 2018, 27 students and lecturers from the China University of Political Science and Law attended the Parramatta Community Justice Clinic (PCJC). WSCLC solicitors spoke with the delegation about WSCLC, our projects and our impact on the wider community. We shared a number of case studies with the delegation and talked more broadly [...]

WSCLC Annual Report 2016-2017

The WSCLC Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now available – our first Annual Report since our formation as an organisation. WSCLC was formed in July 2016 with the amalgamation of Hawkesbury Nepean Community Legal Centre, Macquarie Legal Centre, and Mt Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre. This Annual Report looks at where WSCLC comes from, [...]

Working together for justice for WSU students and the wider community

For over eight years Western Sydney University (WSU) and Western Sydney Community Legal Centre have been working together to provide legal services to students and disadvantaged people in the Western Sydney Community. Zaky Orya (Student Legal Services Solicitor) and Susannah Coles (Parramatta Community Justice Clinic Solicitor) Currently two programs are provided through this [...]

Community legal centres support marriage equality

Statement published by NACLC, 25 August 2017. The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC), the peak body for Community Legal Centres across Australia, today reiterated its support for marriage equality. NACLC and Community Legal Centres support fairness, equality and equal treatment under the law. We recognise and celebrate the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, [...]

WSCLC hosts Indonesian delegation

In July WSCLC was able to host a delegation from Indonesia through our friends at the Law and Justice Foundation. The Indonesian delegation included government and non-government representatives who were learning about community legal centres in preparation for establishing a legal aid scheme. Indonesia is in the process of major reforms of its access to [...]

2017-08-25T06:24:57+00:00 25th August, 2017|Tags: , , |

WSCLC and Mt Druitt TAFE working together in support of local Koori kids

The WSCLC Children’s Court Assistance Scheme (CCAS) has been working with Mt Druitt TAFE and the NRL on a program to support local Koori kids. The program began when WSCLC was approached by Mt Druitt TAFE. A group of students at the TAFE, who are NRL players studying Certificate IV in Youth Work, were keen [...]

New Family Advocacy and Support Services launched

Wednesday 17th May saw the launch of the new Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) program. The program was launched by Federal Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis QC at Parramatta Family Court. As well as the Attorney General, speakers included Brendan Thomas (Legal Aid NSW CEO), Kylie Beckhouse (Executive Director Legal Services, Family Law, [...]

New tenancy outreach service in Western Sydney

The Western Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service (WESTS) has begun a new outreach service in Penrith every Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm (with a break for lunch from 1-2pm). Tenants are welcome to drop-in or make an appointment to get advice (please call 8833 0933 if you wish to make an appointment.) The outreach [...]