Advocacy and campaigning

Last updated 15 June

Information on the different advocacy and campaigning lead or endorsed by the sector will be added on this page

If you would like to share your work (articles, letters, campaigns, websites and more) please email [email protected].

Our sector has taken a lot of interest in the COVID-19 Senate Committee, with community legal centres, peaks and networks all making submissions. CLC Australia's submission has endorsed the recommendations made by CLCNSW, Justice Australia, WLSA, ACOSS, Change the Record and NATSILS. In addition, we made specific recommendations on older persons, renters' rights and financial resources for the sector.

Our advocacy work on COVID-19 continues, some recent advocacy initiatives we have supported and would like to highlight include:

CLCs Australia have signed on to the following calls: 

CLCs Australia also supports the following initiatives: 

  • We have been part of a Covid19 Legal Assistance Working Group -  convened by Health Justice Australia - which has identified the areas of acute legal need most likely to emerge during the current pandemic.

  • Have you experienced or witnessed problematic COVID policing in Australia? Report it 

  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS) and State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILS), who are urging “Governments to do everything in their power prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths in custody due to COVID-19” In particular, they are calling for early release of prisoners, with priority given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, many of whom suffer from chronic illness, live with disability and/or have family members, including elderly relatives and children, who rely on their support. We understand there are currently no immediate plans to implement early release of prisoners due to COVID-19. You can sign the petition to stop COVID Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

  • The call by the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services for measures to ensure effective support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing family violence, especially women and children. 
  • Responses to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older persons. In Queensland, a grassroots group of 100 older persons called Seniors Creating Change posts signs in public places and long-term care facilities to raise awareness of the root causes of ageism and social isolation. They also conduct health and well-being checks, sharing news and community. A number of our network members are part of a global community who informed this UN policy brief on COVID-19 and older persons highlighting four key areas for action recommendations:
    1. Ensure that difficult health-care decisions affecting older people are guided by a commitment to dignity and the right to health
    2. Strengthen social inclusion and solidarity during physical distancing
    3. Fully integrate a focus on older persons into the socio-economic and humanitarian response to COVID-19
    4. Expand participation by older persons, share good practices and harness knowledge and data. Centres signed on to the open letter to the UN Secretary-General in response to the policy brief.