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 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.

RLC submissions: consumer credit reforms (November 2020)

RLC has provided responses to the proposed suite of changes to Australia’s consumer credit framework contained in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth).

Save safe lending

In November 2020, RLC joined 125 leading consumer advocacy groups, legal and family violence organisations, financial counsellors and others in signing a national open letter raising concerns about Government plans to wind back responsible lending laws that protect people from exploitative lending practices.

Joint Submission: Senate Select Committee Inquiry into Temporary Migration

RLC's International Student Service NSW made submissions with Kingsford Legal Centre, and the Migrant Employment Legal Service advocating for comprehensive workplace reforms to address the exploitation of people who hold temporary visas.

RLC contributes to UN human rights submission

RLC authored and co-authored numerous sections of an Australian Human Rights Scorecard Report, submitted to the Human Rights Commission in July to inform Australia’s 2021 Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Renting and Coronavirus Statement

RLC stands with Tenants' Union of NSW and 70+ other housing and community organisations and housing researchers calling on National Cabinet to support renters stay in their homes and out of debt during the COVID-19 crisis.

RLC Submission: Code of Practice for Buy Now, Pay Later Providers

RLC has provided a response to the Australian Finance Industry Association’s (AFIA) Code of Practice for Buy Now, Pay Later Providers.

Call for welfare support for temporary visa holders 

In April, the Migrant Employment Legal Service has written to the Minister for Families and Social Services, raising concerns about the inability of migrant workers to access welfare payments.

International student community in crisis during COVID-19

In March, RLC wrote to key federal, state and local government representatives in relation to the significant impact COVID-19 is having on Australia’s international student community.

Relief for renters during COVID-19: legislation must stop all evictions

In March, Redfern Legal Centre wrote to the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, the Hon Kevin Andrews MP, calling for urgent support for NSW tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater protections needed for migrant workers during COVID-19

Community legal centres have called on the federal government to protect migrant workers from visa cancellations during the COVID-19 crisis and urged businesses to rely on stand-down provisions rather than sack skilled employees.

Joint Statement: No Evictions During Health Crisis

RLC has signed a joint statement with around 100 other organisations that support tenants, calling on Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments to ensure that no-one is evicted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Relief for RLC clients through changes to the Fines Act NSW

The Fines Amendment Act 2019 No 13 (NSW) which will introduce significant changes to the Fines Act 1996 (NSW) has been adopted by the NSW Parliament and was assented to on 21 November 2019.

RLC Submissions: Religious Freedom Reforms & Religious Freedom Reforms – second exposure draft

RLC first made submissions to the Religious Freedom Bills consultation on 2 October 2019, detailing a number of our concerns. On 31 January 2020, we made further submissions on the second exposure draft of the Bills.

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

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

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: Legal experts lobby Premier for less punitive approach to COVID-19 16 September 2021 More than 100 legal, civic and political leaders have signed a letter to the NSW Premier warning that “we...
RLC in the Media: Police blitz nets 22,000 fines in 3 1/2 weeks. But did it help? 12 September 2021 The massive NSW Police enforcement effort that kicked off on August 16 has resulted in nearly 22,000 fines...
RLC in the Media: NSW Police Fined Two Siblings With Intellectual Disabilities For Not Understanding COVID Orders 3 September 2021 Two siblings in regional NSW with intellectual disabilities have been slapped with fines for not...
RLC in the Media: Call to revoke ‘unlawfully issued fines’ 27 August 2021 Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) is calling on the NSW Government to revoke Covid-19 fines that have been issued...
RLC in the Media: Police caution needed in COVID public health enforcement 27 August 2021 Redfern Legal Centre Police Accountability Solicitor Samantha Lee joined Backchat to discuss RLC's concerns...