Webinars and events

Emergence logoEmergence: Our Stories in the Next Decade will be the theme for a series of events and collaborations over the next 18 months culminating in the next National CLCs Conference in August 2021. You can read more about the theme here.

We want to make sure that you have access to vital professional development and networking opportunities that you need, while at the same time creating spaces where we can have the strategic discussions we need to have as a sector. 

To kick things off, we invite you to a webinar series, co-created in collaboration with our colleagues and partners within the sector. Click on the webinar titles to see details and register.

Join us for this information session about The Lighthouse Project presented by the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

In 2019, successful discussions with Government saw an important risk screening and triage pilot for the Courts announced as part of MYEFO.  The Commonwealth Government announced that it will provide funding for a risk screening and triage pilot in the Adelaide, Brisbane and Parramatta registries of the Family Court of Australia (FCoA) and the Federal Circuit Court (FCC).

The Lighthouse Project is the name given to the overarching project created to develop the Pilot and its interconnected processes. ‘Lighthouse’ was chosen as it represents the objective of the Pilot, to provide guidance and support to families experiencing or at risk of family violence, and other risk behaviours, such as substance misuse or mental health concerns. Much as a lighthouse provides light and a navigation waypoint for ships, warning of dangerous coasts or guiding them into ports.

The Lighthouse Project will play a central role in the Courts’ response to cases which may involve family violence and other risk factors and determining the urgency and resources provided to such cases.  It will improve the safety of litigants who may have experienced family violence and children who may have experienced associated risks such as child abuse. The pilot, including risk screening and differentiated case management, is scheduled to commence at the end of 2020.

The webinar will cover the following topics:

  1. Project objectives and outcomes;
  2. Overview of the risk screen;
  3. Outline the triage and case management pathways; and
  4. Overview of the Evatt List.

This webinar is designed for all Community Legal Centres and is particularly relevant for those near the pilots in Brisbane, Parramatta and Adelaide.  The webinar is open to participants from Family Violence Prevention Legal Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services and Legal Aid.

For more information visit the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court websites and see the Lighthouse Project brochure

Presenters: Lisa O’Neill Registrar Practice and Procedure, Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court and Bianca Steele, Senior Family Consultant Brisbane Registry (see bios below).

Date and time: Thursday 8 October 12:00-1:00pm

Please note registration confirmation emails with the meeting link will be sent closer to the webinar's date and not at the time of registration.

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Lisa O’Neill is the Registrar for Practice and Procedure in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of family law, domestic violence and child protection litigation and policy development.  She developed and is leading the Lighthouse Project, an integrated response to family violence and other risks to litigants and children which will be piloted in the Federal Circuit Court in Adelaide, Brisbane and Parramatta later this year.  Previously Lisa led the Discrete property and PPP500 lists which provide litigants with a quicker and cheaper way to resolve property only disputes.  Before starting work in the Family Court Lisa was seconded from DJAG to the Federal Court of Australia to set up the Parenting Management Hearing Panel.  At DJAG, Lisa developed family violence education for Magistrates and policy related to Queensland's specialist domestic violence courts.

Lisa has a special interest in children's cases, having previously been an Independent Children's lawyer.  She has extensive experience in many long trials in the family court on complex issues such as allegations of sexual abuse, substance misuse, mental health issues and parental rejection.

Lisa also has experience in administrative/ disciplinary matters as a tribunal member for accountants and medical radiation technologists.  She was the Chair of the Teachers Disciplinary Committee and the Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys for two terms each and was a legal member of QCAT.  She is an experienced advocate having appeared in inquests and court and tribunal hearings.  She has experience on non-government boards.

Bianca Steele is a qualified social worker who has extensive experience in working with children and families, both in child protection and family law settings. Bianca has been accredited in the Pre-school Strange Situation Procedure (attachment classification) by The Ainsworth Attachment Clinic, Virginia, U.S.A. Bianca spent 14 years working in child protection in Queensland and UK and has been with the Courts since 2012. Bianca is currently a Senior Family Consultant with the Brisbane registry. She has been working in the Lighthouse Project since April 2020 as the lead clinical consultant from Child Dispute Services.

CLCs Australia is excited to announce a 2-part webinar training series delivered by the Community Legal Centres NSW Financial Services Team. These webinars are designed for new and current senior staff at community legal centres, governing body members and financial-decision makers. The first webinar will be held in October and the second in November 2020. 

Webinar 1 – Funding and Finance 101 

This session will provide an opportunity to build and refresh financial knowledge and literacy as a decision maker, better understand obligations and responsibilities and learn more about the community legal sector funding environment from a national perspective.   

Webinar participants will: 

  • gain an understanding of the different mechanisms and sources of funding as well as the challenges and limitations of available funding; 

  • look at organisational structures and the financial obligations and tax status that go with these structures; 

  • recognise the importance of strategic financial management; 

  • understand the role of senior staff (EO/CEO) and governing body members in managing finances; and 

  • become more familiar with foundational skills of financial governance and management (such as bookkeeping, reading financial reports and financial audits) 


Charlotte Maung – Manager, Community Legal Centres NSW Financial Service   

Julie Robson – Senior Bookkeeper, Community Legal Centres NSW Financial Service   

Date and time: Thursday 15 October, 3:00-4:00pm 

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In this first webinar of a 2-part series we will be taking a look at Reconciliation Action Plans or Aboriginal Engagement Strategies, their purpose, value and suitability to organisations large and small. We will be exploring the ‘why’ behind the strategies and talking about best practice in ensuring your Centre's strategies are not just for show but are contributing to real impact for Aboriginal People and Communities.

This webinar will support Centres working towards the Cultural Safety Standard of the National Accreditation Scheme.

Presenters: Leroy Wilkinson-Maher – Managing Director, Dhiira and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Network

Date and time: Thursday 22 October 2:00-3:00pm

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In this masterclass, hosted by LexisNexis, the panellists will discuss the rapid response of the court to COVID-19 through implementation of technology to ensure continual and effective administration of justice. They will provide insight into further issues requiring attention and how technology can continue to improve our justice system and legal profession.

The panellists will draw on advanced thinking on the topics including but not limited to:

  • How do we deal with the suspension of jury trials and what does this mean for the Rule of Law?
  • Has the rapid shift online just resulted in a mess of even more technical debt?
  • Processes have needed to change to deal with a non-physical world (e.g., signatures and witnessing)
  • Courts have had to embrace digital / remote courts years earlier than planned
  • What is the next evolution of the digital environment (e.g., fully virtual organizations, blockchain)? How will it happen?

The event is hosted on the eve of World Development Information Day to highlight the importance of technology in legal development of the world.

This webinar is part of LexisNexis' new thought leadership series. This series of 45 minutes bite-sized virtual events aims to facilitate advanced thinking at the intersection of law and technology, drawing on subject matter experts in the field.


Greg Dickason – Managing Director, LexisNexis Pacific

Kate Offer – Senior Lecturer and Director of Disruption, the Law School, University of Western Australia

Kate Fazio – Head of Innovation & Engagement, Justice Connect

Date and time: Friday 23 October, 12:00-1:00pm 

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Movement lawyering is an alternative model of public interest advocacy and litigation that has gained significant traction in the USA over the last decade. Growing out of the limitations and criticisms of existing forms of public interest lawyering, it challenges underlying assumptions regarding the role of lawyers and provides a framework for lawyers to be led by, and shift power towards, communities and social change movements. 

In this webinar, co-hosted with Community Legal Western Australia, Zoe Bush (EDO's Safe Climate Team) and Sarah Schwartz (ALS WA's Civil and Human Rights Unit) draw on their recent experience in the USA and with Law for Black Lives to explore what movement lawyering is, tangible examples of how it is being used, and, most importantly, whether and how it might be translated to the Australian context. In the context of growing social movements around climate change, the mass-incarceration and over-policing of First Nations peoples, just economies, and the rights of people seeking asylum, it is more important than ever for 'social justice' lawyers to critically examine our role and think about ways we can be better led by the communities with whom we work. 

Date and time: Thursday 29 October, 2:00-3:30pm 

Presenters: Zoe Bush (EDO's Safe Climate Team) and Sarah Schwartz (ALS WA's Civil and Human Rights Unit)

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In this second webinar in our 2-part series we will be discussing the differences between mainstream and Indigenous Recruitment and HR. Through unpacking the differences we are able to assess the opportunities at hand by marrying mainstream process and applying the First Nations Lens to the approach toward best outcomes for your Centre and for Aboriginal People and Communities.

This webinar will support Centres working towards the Cultural Safety Standard of the National Accreditation Scheme.

Presenters: Leroy Wilkinson-Maher – Managing Director, Dhiira and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Network

Date and time: Wednesday 18 November 2:00-3:00pm

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