St Kilda Legal Service is committed to undertaking Community Legal Education (CLE) activities and this complements the casework undertaken by the Service. The Service, where possible, takes an innovative, flexible and responsive approach to the design and delivery of CLE activities.
CLE is the provision of information and education to members of the community, on an individual or group basis, concerning the law and legal processes, and the place of these in the structure of society. The community may be defined geographically or by issue. (Guidelines for CLE practice, National CLE Advisory Group 1995)
CLE is recognised as an effective means of communicating preventative measures and attempts to assist individuals avoid legal conflicts or the escalation of legal disputes. CLE activities are undertaken within a community development framework.
As well as CLE projects, the St Kilda Legal Service is also actively involved in groups such as the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria Community Development and Legal Education Working Group (CD&LEWG).
The aim of CLE is to improve access to justice and the legal system by providing members of our local community with legal information and education that will empower them to make informed choices and raise awareness of their rights and responsibilities under the law.
Youth in Action – Family Violence Film
St Kilda Legal Service with the Gender Equity Steering Committee, (including the City Of Port Phillip , Stonnington City Council, Women’s Health in the South East and Bentleigh Bayside Community Health) have produced this film for young people to speak up and take action if someone they know is a victim or perpetrator of family violence. We have also created this handout – Take the Relationship Quiz and find out if his behaviour is OK?
Violence against women is never okay. Family violence includes physical, psychological, sexual abuse, stalking, damaging property and exercising social and financial control.
You can make a difference!
The Gender Equity Steering Committee thanks the City Of Port Phillip for funding this film project and Youthworx Media for producing it.
Community Legal Education Strategies
SKLS undertake a broad range of CLE of strategies including:
- face to face presentations (such as workshops, seminars, forums, information and training sessions).
- information displays.
- producing web-based or video materials.
- via other media forums (such as articles in newspapers, radio and TV programs).
- producing written materials (such as pamphlets, fact sheets, booklets, teaching and resource guides and other publications).
Some of our recent projects have included:
- Breaking Down Barriers Forum 2016: Empowering your Clients with a Disability to Access Justice.
- Walk against Family Violence.
- Graffiti Insider Info presentation.
- Family Violence Youth Resources.
The below legal information is current at the date of publication
Sex Work and the Facts
To assist sex workers and case workers with understanding the law we have produced this fact sheet with a basic overview of what is legal and illegal in the state of Victoria. This document was peer reviewed by the Vixen Collective and Victorian Sex Workers.
Sex Work in Victoria Fact Sheet. Topic: non-payment for
Sex Work Advertising
To assist sex workers and case workers with understanding Regulation 11 – Advertising Controls of the Sex Work Regulations 2016 we have produced this Website with help from the Vixen Collective and Victorian Sex Workers.
My Care, My Plans
To celebrate the City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival 2016, in partnership with Alfred Health we produced the My Care Card which which includes important details about who to contact if medical decisions need to be made for you.
Firearms and Family Violence
In May 2016 St Kilda Legal Service implemented the Family Violence Firearms Project to reduce the risk to a protected person under a family violence invention order , by restricting the perpetrator’s access to firearms. We can provide presentations on the topic for members of the community and workers.
St Kilda Legal Service have produced this resource to inform people of their rights if they’re the victim of revenge porn. Revenge porn is intimate images or videos that have been intentionally distributed without the consent of the individual involved and the distribution of the image is contrary to community standards of acceptable conduct.
To view a copy of the Revenge Porn Resource click here.
Graffiti Insider Info
St Kilda Legal Service have produced this fantastic handout for graffers about their rights, graffiti offences and sentences.
Special thanks to St Kilda PCYC for involving us in their fantastic Fresh Justice Program.
To view a copy of the Graffiti Insider Info Handout click here.
Youth in Action – Family Violence Hand Out
Take the Relationship Quiz St Kilda Legal Service with the Gender Equity Steering Committee, (including the City Of Port Phillip, Stonnington City Council, Women’s Health in the South East and Bentleigh Bayside Community Health) have produced this fantastic handout for young people about Family Violence. Take the Relationship Quiz and find out if his behaviour is OK? Special thanks to our graphic designer ACGD Creative Services.
To view a copy of the Youth in Action Family Violence Handout click here.
Victoria Law Foundation Community Legal Centre Fellowship Report 2014
I feel empowered, I know my rights
Communities empowered by peer educators and paralegals
Former St Kilda Legal Service community lawyer, Jacinta Maloney was awarded the 2013 – 2014 Victoria Law Foundation’s Community Legal Centre Research Fellowship. As part of the research fellowship project Jacinta investigated peer education and paralegal programs, both in Australia and overseas. Jacinta explored how these programs can empower communities. She visited organisations in South Africa, Hungary, Cambodia, and the Philippines, including organisations providing peer education and paralegal programs for sex workers in South Africa and for prisoners in the Philippines. In Australia she explored peer programs such as those of Harm Reduction Victoria, a peer-based organisation educating people who use drugs on harm reduction strategies.
Peer education models involve members in the same group training one another, and is very effective for communities such as sex workers and drug users. The report challenges CLCs to not only raise legal awareness but to also to improve legal capability within their communities, and to empower their communities to know how to exercise their legal and human rights – translating knowledge into action.
Keeping Out of Debt
The Keeping Out of Debt Z-Card brochure was produced and printed in 2010 by St Kilda Legal Service, YouthLaw and Consumer Action Law Centre as part of the St Kilda Legal Service Young People and Preventing Credit-Related Debt project. Following strong demand for the publication, a second edition of the publication was printed in 2011. The funding for the project was provided by the Consumer Credit Fund on the approval of the Minister for Consumer Affairs.
To view a copy of the Keeping Out of Debt brochure view click here.
Shining a Light on Street Workers’ Rights
The Shining a Light on Street Workers’ Rights legal information has been produced by St Kilda Legal Service with the RhED Program of Inner South Community Health. The production of this legal information was made possible by a grant from the Victoria Law Foundation.
To view fact sheets on the topics of: sexual assault, arrest rights, loitering, body searches and samples, and drugs and the law click here.
To view fact sheets on the topics of: exempt escorts, protecting yourself and mugs and the law; dealing with fines, talking to police, and debt collectors click here.
Keeping the ‘Mates’ in Housemates
Click here to view the publication.
For a full list of Tenants Union publications visit: www.tuv.org.au/publications
Legal Issues for Professionals (LIP)
Legal Issues for Professionals (LIP) in the sex industry is a publication produced by St Kilda Legal Service in partnership with Inner South Community Health Service. The first edition of LIP was funded by the Victoria Law Foundation.
The booklet contains information on a broad range of areas of law relating to sex work, including employment, taxation, family law, sexual harassment, victims of crime assistance, dealing with police and immigration.
The second edition of LIP was published in 2009. Click here (2.6MB) to view the 2009 edition of LIP.
Finding Legal Information
The Fitzroy Law Hanbook Online is a great source of legal information. Click here to visit the Fitzroy Law Handbook Online website.
To search for other legal publications you can visit the Victoria Law Foundation Website. Victoria Law Foundation is a not-for-profit website that helps you find information about the law and legal services in Victoria: www.victorialawfoundation.org.au