Community Service Workers Resources
Legal Information and Advice
Before using our resources, we’d like to highlight the differences between legal advice and information. All of the information you will find on our website is strictly legal information.
What’s the difference?
Our resources are designed to help you navigate through legal issues and provide information on them. They are also designed to help you identify where you should be seeking legal advice.
If you or your organisation would like dedicated training on identifying legal issues and determining if it is legal information or advice, Street Law is happy to provide this. Please contact us here to sign up. Our training is designed to assist community service workers to be confident in providing information and referring to legal services for advice.
Our version of the LHC provides a number of questions to help community service workers better identify specific issues. It also separates issues like fines/infringements and debt to better suit our client group’s needs.
If you or your organisation would like dedicated training on why we use the legal health check, the best way to use it and how this assists with referrals, Street Law is happy to provide this. Please contact us here to sign up. Our training is designed to walk community service workers through the process, equip them to use it well, and provide opportunities to give feedbacks and a version best suited to the people they work with.
One of the most common legal issues for people who are homeless or at risk are fines and infringements. However, they are not the same and there are different options and consequences for payment and non-payment of fines and infringements.
These resources are designed to help you determine if the payment being requested is a fine or infringement, and what options there are for paying for it. They are also designed to help you identify when you should be seeking legal advice. The following materials are not legal advice, and unless we speak to you we cannot ensure it applies to the situation you are dealing with.
Note: that there are also on-the-spot fines; these are offences that can be dealt with in the Court (stealing, disorderly conduct), but are dealt with an infringement being given out instead.
If you or your organisation would like dedicated training on fines and infringements, Street Law is happy to provide this. Please contact us here to sign up. Our training is designed to explain the difference between fines and infringements, and to equip community service workers to confidently deal with issues regarding both and when and how to refer these matters on.
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We hope you find this information useful. However, please be aware it is general information only. It is not legal advice. Unless we speak to you, we cannot guarantee it applies to the situation.
Last updated: May 2021.