Monthly Archives: October 2012

Help for those who need it: Legal Services in the Illawarra

Research Professor fighting to keep Indigenous Courts in the system

Elena Marchetti has a passion for research. It’s a passion that has led her from teaching at Griffith University to her current position as Research Professor in the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Law. Elena’s dedication to her work is clear as she tells me about her latest project. “I’m looking at whether having a […]

Fines debt payment scheme proving successful in the Illawarra

Legal Aid NSW has revealed that the Illawarra region has the most participants in the State in a scheme that allows the disadvantaged to clear their fines through unpaid work, courses or treatment. The Work and Development Orders Scheme assists those individuals who can show they are having trouble paying their fines due to homelessness, […]

Illawarra Legal Centre

Legal Centre to expand financial counselling service in 2013

The Illawarra Legal Centre is set to expand its financial counselling service to several new outreach locations in 2013. Financial counselling will be available in Wollongong, Corrimal, Warilla, Kiama, Ulladulla and Nowra. The Legal Centre is located in Warrawong and currently offers free financial counselling over the phone and by appointment at the centre. The […]

Replacement program needed following closure of Youth Drug Court

The State government’s decision to close the Youth Drug and Alcohol Court has sparked interest from local community groups, who see an urgent need for a program to replace the Court. The Youth Drug Court diverted young offenders into counselling and rehabilitation programs instead of sending them to gaol. Successful graduates of the programs were […]

Free clinic helping Uni students solve legal problems

A free student legal clinic has been established at the University of Wollongong using funds raised by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SAF). The clinic opened in late August in response to the online submissions of UOW students on which areas they thought the SAF funding should be spent. Since August the clinic has […]