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.
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.
RLC’s policy submission strongly supports the enshrinement of a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.
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.
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.
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 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 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).
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.
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 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).
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 has provided a response to the Australian Finance Industry Association’s (AFIA) Code of Practice for Buy Now, Pay Later Providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
A UNSW report commissioned by RLC says the law is failing to provide NSW police with clear guidance on conducting strip searches. The report was added to the record of the inquest into music festival deaths in NSW.
Open Letter: Legal profession calls for legislative change to address the rise in police strip searches
Representatives from over 50 legal organisations and prominent members of the legal profession have signed an open letter to the NSW Police Minister outlining the harmful impacts of strip searches.
Joint Submission: Senate Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into Unlawful Underpayment of Employees’ Remuneration
RLC's International Student Legal Service NSW has provided a response alongside WEstjustice Community Legal Centre and the Migrant Employment Legal Service regarding the underpayment and exploitation of migrant workers.
A joint report by Redfern Legal Centre, Kingsford Legal Centre, Women's Legal Service NSW and the National Association of Community Legal Centres was submitted to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
In March 2019, RLC held a panel discussion on financial abuse in domestic violence, a fundraiser presented by RLC's Young Professional's Committee.
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 is a member of the NSW Community Legal Centres Care & Protection Network Committee contributing to the Committee’s extensive review of the wholesale amendment agenda of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW). Separately, RLC initiated legislative reform seeking amendment to section 21 of the Act.
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.
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.
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
20 November 2020 Treasury consultation: Consumer Credit Reforms
31 January 2020 Religious Freedom Reforms – second exposure draft
2 October 2019 Submission: Religious Freedoms reforms
1 April 2019 #MeToo: Legal Responses to Sexual Harassment at Work
15 February 2019 Submission: Review of the early release of superannuation benefits
RLC In Hansard
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)
26 September 2018 Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Bill 2018 – Second Reading
12 September 2018 Modern Slavery Bill 2018 – Second Reading