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 and 2021 culminating in the next National CLCs Conference planned for August 2022. 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 are also planning to start integrating some small in-person events later this year, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

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.

The Law Council of Australia is pleased to host an online webinar on the topic of ‘Frontline legal services in times of crisis'.

The legal assistance sector has carried many Australians through times of extreme crisis, with recent years no exception – from bushfires to the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will explore the achievements of the sector in trying times, and examine the challenges it has come up against.

Leaders in the sector Rowan McRae (Victoria Legal Aid), Nassim Arrange (Community Legal Centres Australia) and David Woodroffe (North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency) will join with the Law Council’s President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC, to identify improvements to be made so that the sector is better equipped to respond in future emergencies.

Date and time: 11 August 2021, 05:00 PM AEST

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Learn how to grow your social media following

Social media is a vital tool for civil society organisations. The community legal sector can utilise social media platforms to gain many benefits such as communicating the importance of their work, raising awareness about the challenges of the communities that they serve face, increasing their advocacy, fundraising, and other efforts. At this webinar, co-hosted with Community Legal Centres NSW, Centres will learn how to utilise social media effectively. Presenters from Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) and Redfern Legal Centre will give concrete tips to help Centres raise their social media profile.

This webinar is designed for Centres wanting to improve their social media following.

 At this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Tips on finding engaging content
  • When to invest in paying for Facebook post boosting or ads and how to boost posts effectively
  • Posting format tips (eg.link share vs photo share vs video upload, caption format, general rules and why you might want to follow them or ignore them!)
  • Twitter versus Facebook: differences between the platforms
  • How to make your post seem relevant and timely
  • Analytics: how to use analytics to continually improve in your social media
  • And more!


Finn O'Keefe, Communications Manager – Redfern Legal Centre

Emma Davies, Senior Marketing and Communications Officer – Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS)


Anne Handley, Communications Coordinator – CLCs Australia

Date and time: Thursday 19 August, 12:00-1:00pm AEST

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Get up to date on legal practice risks

Community legal sector PII expert, Catherine Eagle (Convenor of the National PII Network and Principal Solicitor Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service WA) will provide a critical update on legal practice risk trends and give the opportunity for senior lawyers to gain insights, develop key skills and ask questions to help their Centre mitigate risks. This webinar is co-hosted by Community Legal WA.

Participants will be given:

  • A summary of PII notification trends over 2020-2021
  • Insights on some legal practice issues
  • An overview of the new claims process for 2021-2022
  • The chance to ask questions

You will learn:

  • Risk management skills
  • Common risk management issues for legal assistance
  • Practical tips to manage such risks

This webinar is a closed session designed for our member Centres only, especially people who are responsible for practice management and other lawyers.


Catherine Eagle, Principal Solicitor and Convenor – Welfare Rights & Advocacy Service WA and National PII Network


Meg Houston, Capacity Building Manager – CLCs Australia

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