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

Joint submission: Life Insurance Code final round of consultation

Financial Rights Legal Centre, Consumer Action Law Centre and Redfern Legal Centre have made a joint submission to the final round of consultation on the review of the Life Insurance Code of Practice (Life Insurance Code).

'We cannot fine our way out of the pandemic': a call to address unjust COVID-19 fines

​Over 100 prominent members of the legal, academic and political profession have endorsed an open letter addressed to the NSW Premier, calling on the NSW Government to revoke wrongly issued COVID-19 fines.

RLC calls for unlawfully issued COVID-19 fines to be revoked

RLC is calling on the NSW Government to revoke all COVID-19 fines that have been wrongfully issued by NSW Police to people undertaking lawful recreation.

Joint Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security

RLC and Kingsford Legal Centre and have made a joint submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security, calling for reforms to increase access to secure employment, and ensure that all workers receive strong legal protections, regardless of the nature of their employment.

Submission: Interim Report to the Australian Government on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process

RLC’s policy submission strongly supports the enshrinement of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.

Submission: Coercive control in domestic relationships

In February, the Economic Reference Group NSW (EARG NSW) made a submission to the Joint Select Committee on Coercive Control’s inquiry into coercive control in domestic relationships.

Increased protections for renters needed as moratorium on evictions ends in NSW

RLC has joined more than 40 tenants’ advocacy groups and NGOs, in calling for greater protections for renters following the expiration of the moratorium on evictions in NSW.

Safe safe lending: What you can do

On 26 February EARG representatives including RLC appeared before the Economics Legislation Committee to discuss the impact of the reforms for victim-survivors of economic abuse.

RLC submissions: consumer credit reforms (February 2021)

RLC has made submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s consumer credit framework in response to the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020.

For more key issues, see our Working For Change archive

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

Recent Submissions

28 September 2021  Joint submission: Life Insurance Code final round of consultation

21 April 2021 Submission: Interim Report to the Australian Government on the Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process

21 April 2021 Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Job Security (RLC and Kingsford Legal Centre)

22 February 2021 Coercive control in domestic relationships

3 February 2021 National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020

29 January 2021 RLC's Response to NSW Government’s Homelessness Strategy 2018-2023

18 December 2020 RLC submission: Follow-up Review of the Management of Public Housing Maintenance Contracts

20 November 2020 Treasury consultation: Consumer Credit Reforms

30 July 2020 Joint Submission: Senate Select Committee Inquiry into Temporary Migration

9 April 2020 Submission: Code of Practice for Buy Now, Pay Later Providers

6 March 2020 Joint Submission: Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Unlawful Underpayment of Employees’ Remuneration

31 January 2020 Religious Freedom Reforms – second exposure draft

1 April 2019  #MeToo: Legal Responses to Sexual Harassment at Work

15 February 2019 Submission: Review of the early release of superannuation benefits

More RLC Submissions

RLC In Hansard

13 September 2021  Select Committee on Temporary Migration (Chapter  6)

15 April 2021 Select Committee Report on The high level of First Nations people in custody and oversight and review of deaths in custody

15 March 2021  National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020

25 February 2021 National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (second reading)

18 November 2020  Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive and Controlling Behaviour) Bill 2020 (Second reading speech, Ms Abigail Boyd, MLC)

14 November 2019 Alex Greenwich on the impact of community legal centres (Private Members' Statements)

13 November 2018 Review of Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) – Second Reading

26 September 2018 Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Bill 2018 – Second Reading

12 September 2018  Modern Slavery Bill 2018 – Second Reading

RLC In the Media

RLC in the Media: ‘Ridiculous’: NSW police accused of handing out unfair Covid fines and targeting young people 7 October 2021 Legal centres are being ‘bombarded’ by people who say they’ve been wrongly fined for lockdown breaches.
RLC in the Media: “Majority” of COVID fines in NSW are bogus, expert claims 7 October 2021 Millions of dollars in Covid fines have already been handed out in NSW, and increased penalties are now in...
RLC in the Media: Proposed life code changes 'not enough': consumer advocates 4 October 2021 Consumer advocates say they have many concerns over proposed updates to the Life Insurance Code of Practice ...
RLC in the Media: NSW Police powers challenged 4 October 2021 The Australian Criminal and Family Lawyers (ACFL) is challenging several New South Wales Police powers under...
RLC in the Media: COVID fines for July and August dwarf the total for all of 2020 29 September 2021 The latest statistics from Revenue NSW reveal that in July and August more than 28,000 COVID fines were...