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: Over 50 legal orgs sign open letter in face of rising police strip searches 11 June 2019 Representatives from over 50 legal organisations across NSW, including prominent members of the legal...
RLC in the Media: 'I felt completely helpless': Woman's strip search revives trauma of sexual assault 4 June 2019 A Sydney woman says a police strip search at a Homebush music festival in 2018 forced her to relive a sexual...
RLC in the Media: Anti-strip search campaign gains momentum in NSW 24 May 2019 Sniffer dogs and police are harassing more people at train stations, and strip searches of young people,...
RLC in the Media: Strip searches up by almost half in NSW over the last four years 22 May 2019 Strip searches have increased by 46 per cent in NSW in the last four years, according to police data...
RLC in the Media: Migrant wage theft to be addressed in New South Wales 6 May 2019 Thousands of short term migrants exploited by bosses who withhold fair wages will benefit from a $1.6 million...