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Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law
We are a program of Justice Connect, a social justice organisation and community legal service. We are a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity.
We provide free and low cost legal information, advice, and casework services to eligible community organisations across Victoria and NSW. Find out more about these services. We also offer fee for service training.
We are regularly engaged by local councils, government agencies and not-for-profit peak bodies to deliver legal training sessions to community organisations they regularly work with - often as part of their community development and capacity building programs.
What kind of community groups attend your training sessions?
Our training sessions attract participants from a diverse range of community groups, including social service and community support organisations, not-for-profit housing and health services, environmental and community development groups, sporting and recreation groups, advocacy organisations, educational, arts and cultural organisations, amongst others.
Who typically engages you to provide training?
Our training clients are predominantly local councils, government agencies and not-for-profit peak bodies across Victoria and New South Wales.
These clients regularly engage us to deliver legal training to community organisations they work with and support.
Other clients have specific project funding and partner with us to deliver tailored legal training to target groups (such as culturally and linguistically diverse community groups). We are happy to work with peak bodies and other organisations to apply for funding to develop and run legal information training programs.
We are also able to provide tailored, ‘in-house’ training for individual community organisations on request, subject to capacity.
Do you travel?
Yes we do, we love to travel! In Victoria we have delivered training in Mildura, Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale and Portland as well as many other locations across regional and rural Victoria. In New South Wales we have delivered training in Sydney as well as across regional and rural New South Wales. In 2018 our training lawyers travelled over 60,000 kms in the course of delivering training across Australia! Please do not hesitate to contact us about coming out to your region.
About the training sessions and the trainers
How long are the training sessions?
Our standard training session length is three hours. We usually take a short break half way through the session. We are able to shorten or lengthen sessions on request.
How many people can attend a session?
Our training sessions are generally suitable for up to 30 participants. For larger groups we are happy to tailor a proposal to your needs.
Are the sessions interactive?
Yes! All our training sessions are designed to encourage questions, discussion and active involvement from participants. We use case studies, quizzes, small group work, real-life scenarios and other activities to engage participants and explore legal topics.
Who are the trainers?
All our training sessions are delivered by qualified lawyers with specialist expertise in not-for-profit and charity law.
All of our lawyers have experience in delivering legal training to community organisations. As Justice Connect is itself a not-for-profit organisation, our lawyers understand the context in which community organisations operate, sector terminology and the importance of providing clear, plain-language legal information to training participants.
Many of our lawyers are also personally involved in the sector as volunteer board or committee members.