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Law talks in your library

Community legal education talks are available to be presented at your library. Find out below about how your library can present talks on avoiding scams, the NDIS, money or neighbours, or host the Piano Forte program dealing with elder financial abuse.

Law talks

LIAC has worked with Legal Aid NSW over the past few years to provide community legal education talks to be presented during Law Week. These talks are now available to be presented at any time of the year except Law Week. Legal Aid staff are not available to present these topics during Law Week as they present other programs to libraries at this time. 

Topics

Four law talks are available for presentation.  

  • Avoiding scams. Are you worried about sharing private information when you shop or pay your bills online? Have you had a phone call telling you that you need to pay your tax debt now or you’ll be arrested? Scammers are keen to get their hands on our money and our identity details. Hear from a Legal Aid NSW lawyer about how to protect your identity and how the law can help if you get scammed.
  • NDIS: how the law can help. Do you want to find out more about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? If you have a disability or you’re a participant, carer or family member, it’s important to know your rights. Hear from a Legal Aid NSW lawyer about NDIS basics and how the law can help if you’re not happy with a decision or a provider.
  • Your money and the law. Dealing with money troubles can be stressful. Sometimes you need help to know your rights and how the law can help. This workshop will introduce the organisations and resources you can use to help with some of the more common money problems like being chased for money, being owed money and borrowing money.
  • Your neighbours and the law. Disputes can happen between neighbours for many reasons and can make life stressful. This workshop will introduce the resources, organisations and laws you can use to help with some of the more common neighbour issues like fences, trees, animals and noise.

Comments from participating libraries include:

  • This event went very well with all participants relating tales of scams and near misses. The speakers were well versed in the subject matter and answered questions throughout the event.
  • The presenters were very well organised. knowledgeable and gave a great delivery. The attendees gave very positive feedback and were very interested. Great job!
  • The feedback was really positive from the Avoiding Scams workshop. Participants shared their thoughts over a morning tea and the main point from each person was that they had in fact learned something new, and found useful tips for protecting their personal information and felt they were more aware of scams.
  • I was really impressed by the standard of the speakers and how engaged our audiences were.
  • This workshop generated a lot of interest in our community.

Program participation

To host a talk, complete the expression of interest.

Expression of interest


You will then be contacted by Legal Aid NSW who will work with you to finalise the date and other details. Note that while all expressions of interest will be considered, acceptance is dependent on the availability of Legal Aid NSW staff.

Reporting and evaluation

The law talks program is an evaluated program and host libraries are asked to complete an evaluation.

Evaluation form

 

The aim of the Piano Forte program is to educate people about elder financial abuse. 

The program consists of a film screening and panel discussion with legal and community service representatives. It takes two hours to deliver, including a tea break. The film shows a performance of the play Piano Forte, which highlights the subtle way elder abuse can occur, in addition to exploring the role and responsibilities of an Enduring Power of Attorney. The program is a partnership between the State Library of NSW, Legal Aid NSW, Seniors Rights Service and other legal assistance agencies including community legal centres.

The Piano Forte program was first introduced in NSW public libraries for Law Week 2018. The Law Week events were very successful, with comments from participating libraries including:

  • it definitely led to new partnerships and other event opportunities
  • the customers really enjoyed the film and they had a great discussion
  • everyone found the panel discussion very insightful and engaging
  • I think using video as a medium to deliver legal information is great

The program is available for libraries to host at any time of the year. It is suitable for older people, their carers, friends and other family members. Local community, health and aged care service workers may also attend.

Program participation

To host the program, complete the expression of interest.

Expression of interest

You will then be contacted by Legal Aid NSW who will work with you to finalise the date and other details. Note that while all expressions of interest will be considered, acceptance is dependent on the availability of Legal Aid NSW staff.

Reporting and evaluation

Piano Forte is an evaluated program and host libraries are asked to complete an evaluation.

Evaluation form