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 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

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: workplace exploitation of international students 21 February 2017 Our International Students' Solicitor Sean Stimpson speaks to Anton Crace from The PIE (UK) about...
RLC in the media: debt recovery and legal bullying 24 January 2017 RLC's Credit and Debt Solicitor Will Dwyer speaks  journalist Barry McKay about tactics employed by...
RLC in the Media: overloaded community legal centres forced to turn people away at Christmas 27 December 2016 While most workplaces around the country slow down for the Christmas break, seasonal spike in family...
RLC on ABC's Background Briefing 10 October 2016 RLC's Millers Point Tenants' Advocates spoke to Background Briefing's Ann Arnold about the sale of ...
RLC in the Guardian: Consumer groups urge change to lease laws after hidden costs target the poor 23 September 2016 RLC's Credit and Debt Solicitor, Will Dwyer, spoke with the Guardian about the risks of consumer leases.