15 March 2016
New Online Legal Toolkit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
The ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner and Women’s Legal Centre today launched a new Online Legal Toolkit for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The toolkit has been developed by the ACT Human Rights Commission and the Women’s Legal Centre, in conjunction with the Aboriginal Legal Service and Care Inc.
‘The toolkit can be immediately accessed on people’s smart phones and devices when they find themselves in circumstances of high stress to negotiate issues,’ said Dr Helen Watchirs, Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner.
‘It gives useful and practical information on their rights in specific situations, and where to get help.’
‘At the Women’s Legal Centre we see many Aboriginal women who are facing workplace issues, family breakdown or are engaged with Child and Youth Protection Services,’ said Elena Rosenman, Executive Director of the Women’s Legal Centre.
‘Many of these women are involved with legal processes without any legal advice, which means they are at risk of making agreements or undertakings that do not respect their rights,’ continued Ms Rosenman. ‘This site will give all Aboriginal people in Canberra a starting point, some accessible information and point them in the direction of more assistance.’
The toolkit was developed based on feedback from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It includes information on:
- Care and Protection
- Discrimination at work
- Police and security guard contact in public spaces
- Debt and payday lenders
The toolkit can be accessed via internet web browsers on computers and tablets, as well as being added to the home screen of smart phones.
It is available for free at http://deadlyadvice.hrc.act.gov.au
Media contact: Sean Costello, ACT Human Rights Commission 0424 369 231