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

Sexual harassment in the workplace

A joint report released by Redfern Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre, Women's Legal Service NSW and the National Association of Community Legal Centres says law reform is urgently needed to address endemic levels of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Financial Abuse Panel sows seeds for change 

In March 2019, RLC held a panel discussion on financial abuse in domestic violence, a fundraiser that was presented by RLC's Young Professional's Committee.

Police strip searches in NSW: an update RLC's Safe and Sound campaign

RLC's Safe and Sound campaign aims to raise awareness about rising rates of police strip searches in NSW, and is calling for legistative change to prevent the overreach of police powers in this area.

RLC Submission: Review of the early release of superannuation benefits

This RLC submission focuses on the impact of current evidentiary requirements for the early release of superannuation benefits on victims of family and domestic violence.

RLC Briefing: Responses to the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and Amendment (Review) Bill 2018

RLC is calling for a better balancing of renters' and landlords' rights by ending no grounds and retaliatory evictions, and ensuring that share housing tenants without written agreements can access the same legal protections under the Act as other renters.

RLC Submission: ASIC Consultation Paper on Credit Cards and Responsible Lending Assessments

RLC's submission focuses on the impact of irresponsible lending practices on consumers in response to the ASIC Consultation Paper on Credit Cards and Responsible Lending Assessments.

RLC & Aboriginal Legal Service Submission: Review of the Surveillance Devices Amendment (Police Body-Worn Video)

In this joint submission, RLC and ALS state that operational and legislative changes are required to improve the capacity of police body worn cameras to promote police accountability and transparency.

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

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

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

2 August 2018 Submission: ASIC Consultation Paper on Credit Cards and Responsible Lending Assessments

14 June 2018 Submission: Review of the Surveillance Devices Amendment (Police Body-Worn Video) Act 2014

10 November 2017 Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017

17 September 2017 ALRC Inquiry into the Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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 Hasard

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: NSW Police Are Using Strip Searches to Intimidate 16 July 2019 The NSW coronial inquiry into six drug-related deaths at music festivals heard testimony last week regarding...
RLC in the Media: Music festival inquest hears woman was told strip search would be 'nice and slow' 11 July 2019 A young music fan "humiliated" during a strip search at a music festival has told an inquest a police officer...
RLC in the Media: What you should know about student housing scams in Australia 11 July 2019 International students living in Australia are frequent targets of housing scams and exploitative living...
RLC in the Media: Luxury Blue Mountains hotel group clawing back wages from migrant workers 7 July 2019 Redfern Legal Centre’s employment Law solicitor Sharmilla Bargon spoke with Sun-Herald about allegations that...
RLC in the Media: From Millers Point to Waterloo: New resource launched to support tenants 1 July 2019 In June, RLC hosted a community forum on the impact of public housing redevelopment for local residents...