Webinars and events

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Emergence: Our stories in the next decade is the theme for a series of events and collaborations in 2020 - 2022 culminating in the next National CLCs Conference being planned for March 2023. Read more about our theme.

This year we continue to facilitate and co-design online opportunities for professional development, networking, up-skilling and strategic discussions. At the same time, we create a shared space for reflection and support so that we can process the experiences and lessons we are learning as a sector.

We invite you to join our webinar series, co-created in collaboration with our colleagues and partners across the legal assistance sector as well as other allies. Click on the webinar titles to see details and register.

Unless specified, webinars are recorded and available to members in the Members' Portal.

In an Australian-first, Canberra Community Law (CCL), in partnership with Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), have developed a series of social scripts, to support autistic clients and people who may have communication barriers to access legal services and legal processes. Social scripts are person centred narratives used to introduce new events, interactions and provide information on what to expect. 

This webinar will cover:

  • what social scripts are and how they respond to the needs of autistic people and other groups;
  • CCL’s social scripts’ development process;
  • how to use CCL’s free social script templates; and
  • a run-through of a finalised social script. 

Participants will gain:

  • insights into how social scripts can support autistic people and other groups;
  • learnings from CCL’s experience in developing social scripts in partnership with Aspect; and
  • practical guidance on how to develop and prepare social scripts.

All are welcome to register for this webinar.


  • Emma Gallagher | Autistic Consultant | Autism Spectrum Australia
  • Farzana Choudhury | Disability Law Supervising Solicitor | Canberra Community Law

Facilitator: Meg Houston | Capacity Building Manager | Community legal Centres Australia

Date and time: Thursday 19 May 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm (AEST)

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Under Schedule D of the NLAP Agreement Centres are required to deliver unit level data to the ABS in September 2022.

This webinar will explain how the ABS will manage this data, what it will be used for and why quality data is so important for the sector.

The Legal Assistance Data Project managed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics aims to compile quality, comparable and meaningful statistics about the legal assistance sector, as required under the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP).

The ABS will lead a discussion about data from the sector including:

  • the process the ABS follows to check and edit the data it receives;
  • the checks that can be done before data is submitted; and
  • turning recorded data into information and knowledge.

Participants will gain:

  • an understanding of why good quality data is important and how to ensure your Centre delivers appropriate data;
  • insights into how the ABS assesses quality and maximizes data quality; and
  • an update on the Legal Assistance Service Data project since the March 2021 webinar.

Member Centres can access additional updated resources about the Legal Assistance Service Data project in our Members’ Portal.

Presenter: Christina Field | Assistant Director National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics | Social Statistics Division | Australian Bureau of Statistics

Facilitator: Suzanne Slegers Data Manager Community Legal Centres Australia

Date and time: Thursday 26 May 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm (AEST)

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This 1-hour workshop, delivered by Working Women’s Centre SA, is tailored for the community legal sector to equip staff, managers and board members with the tools to address workplace sexual harassment. The content shines a light on the current climate with the broader legal sector and how working rights are breached when harassment and bystander apathy occur. Participants will learn practical strategies to prevent sexual harassment and how to create a positive workplace culture, free from inappropriate behaviours.

Participants can expect to achieve the following outcomes:

  • ability to define Sexual Harassment;
  • knowledge of the 4 gendered drivers of violence;
  • overview of vicarious trauma;
  • understanding of bystander awareness; and
  • confidence in applying a framework for best practice.

This webinar is closed to member Centres and Centre board members only.

The Working Women’s Centre workplace training program is an evidenced based, comprehensive approach to understanding issues in the workplace for women and other vulnerable workers. Training programs are delivered by a masters qualified education and training specialist with expertise in workplace relations and the prevention of gendered violence.

Presenter: Cassandra Deon-Wierda | Training Officer | Working Women’s Centre SA

Facilitator: Michelle Cutler | Acting CEO and COO | Community Legal Centres Australia

Date and time: Wednesday 22 June 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm (AEST)

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