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

Redfern Legal Centre Submission on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Housing Affordability) Bill 2017

Redfern Legal Centre’s submission is  that  the  Social  Services  Legislation  Amendment  (Housing  Affordability)  Bill  2017 (the Bill) should not proceed.

RLC Submission: ALRC Inquiry into the Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Redfern Legal Centre’s submission focuses on the impact of policing on the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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

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 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: Man Who Swore At Cops Gets Off Because Court Rules 'F***' Isn't An Offensive Word 21 November 2018 In New South Wales a 28-year-old student was charged with offensive language after telling police who...
RLC in the Media: 'You won’t graduate': Claims international students are being exploited by housing providers 26 March 2018 Loopholes in the law for university-affiliated housing providers are leaving international students wide open...
RLC in the Media: 'You just take it': the students at the sharp end of Sydney's housing nightmare 20 March 2018 Despite a crackdown on illegal boarding houses, a lack of affordable housing continues to force many...
RLC in the Media: New debt recovery laws welcomed: CLCNSW 19 March 2018 RLC and Community Legal Centres NSW have successfully lobbied to get key reforms introduced to the State Debt...
RLC in the Media: NSW police watchdog says cuts forced it to ignore misconduct complaints 15 March 2018 RLC's police powers solicitor Sophie Parker speaks to the Guardian about a new report from the Law...