Working for Change Archive

RLC works to make positive change in laws and the legal system in each of its specialist areas of law. Listed below are some of our key areas of focus from years prior to 2018.

Key issues (pre-2018)

RLC 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.

Submissions (pre-2018)

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

For current issues and submissions see: Working for Change