Working for Change

RLC works to make positive change in laws and the legal system in each of its specialist areas of law. RLC's work in this area is based on our clients' experience in interacting with the legal system.

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Key Issues

RLC Submission: Parliamentary Inquiry into Freedom of Speech

Redfern Legal Centre's submission to the Inquiry into Freedom of Speech, makes recommendations and draws on our earlier submissions in addressing the terms of this Inquiry.

RLC Submission to Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality Inquiry

Redfern Legal Centre made a submission to an inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality conducted by the Commonwealth Senate Finance and Public Administration Committees.

RLC’s systemic responses to Private Training Colleges and VET FEE HELP complaints

RLC has assisted several vulnerable clients who have been compelled to sign up to inappropriate vocational training courses and VET FEE HELP loans.

New social housing laws being debated in Parliament could evict innocent tenants

RLC has been working with other Tenancy Services and Community Legal Centres to provide information and work to amend new laws currently being debated in the NSW State Parliament. RLC’s view is that the Bill should not proceed, and that retaining the discretion of the Tribunal is essential to ensuring fair outcomes for innocent tenants including victims of domestic violence. 

Consumer Credit and Responsible Lending

Since the introduction of significant reforms to the laws governing consumer credit in Australia, the Credit & Debt team has maintained a focus in its casework on the new responsible lending provisions.

Consolidation of Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws

RLC has been active in the project to consolidate federal anti-discrimination laws in Australia. Unfortunately in March 2013, the Federal Government announced that it would not proceed with the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill, despite recommendations from the Senate enquiry held in January 2013.

Read more about our work, to make positive changes in laws and the legal system, under each of our services here.

Recent Submissions

13 December 2016 Inquiry into Freedom of Speech

12 February 2016 Submission: Statutory Review of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010

11 February 2016 Submission: Review of Alcohol Restriction Zones

18 December 2015 Submission: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability

23 November 2015 Submission: Inquiry into elder abuse in New South Wales

16 October 2015 Submission: NSW Parliament inquiry into Reparations for the Stolen Generation

More RLC Submissions

RLC in Hansard

14 October 2015 Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015, Hon Fred Nile

13 October 2015 Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015, Ms Sophie Cotsis, Mr David Shoebridge

17 September 2015 Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015​, Ms Tania Mihailuk

17 September 2015 Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015, Mr Alex Greenwich

26 August 2015 Residential Tenancies and Housing Legislation Amendment (Public Housing—Antisocial Behaviour) Bill 2015, Ms Trish Doyle

More RLC in Hansard

RLC In the Media

RLC in the Media: Work visas: students often forced to breach conditions, lawyers say 9 April 2022 Solicitors from Redfern Legal Centre are calling for greater leniency for students coerced into...
RLC in the Media: Calls to protect exploited foreign workers in Australia 24 May 2017 A proposal to protect international students from deportation in instances of workplace exploitation and...
RLC in the Media: When Andrew reported mould to his landlord he didn't expect to be evicted 24 May 2017 RLC’s tenancy solicitor Kimberley Mackenzie speaks to SMH about the impact of 'no grounds' evictions on...
RLC in the Media: Dr Linda Tucker discusses employee exploitation on Radio 2ser 18 May 2017 RLC's Dr Linda Tucker spoke with Radio 2ser 107.3FM in response to Transport Workers' Union secretary...
RLC in the Media: UTS Law’s new social justice subject teaches empathy through experience 28 April 2017 Select students from the UTS Faculty of Law will assist vulnerable international students with legal issues...