Communique July 2019
The Queensland Legal Assistance Forum (QLAF) was established to enable member organisations to consider and address Australian legal assistance issues in a cooperative way and to make recommendations on those issues in a coordinated fashion.
QLAF’s members include representatives of the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG), the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, Legal Aid Queensland, Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ), the Queensland Council of Social Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Service, the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service, LawRight Inc, the Queensland Law Society and the Bar Association of Queensland. QLAF also maintains a number of sub-groups, which have members from those and other stakeholder organisations.1
Minutes of QLAF’s meetings are published progressively on the QLAF website at www.qlaf.org.au, but only after the subsequent meeting is held and the previous meeting minutes are approved.
QLAF is keen for interested parties to receive timely information about its activities and has resolved to publish a short “communiqué” after each meeting with general information about significant matters discussed. More detailed information will be available once the minutes of the meeting are published.
Significant matters discussed at the meeting on 2 July 2018
QLAF’s last meeting was hosted by Legal Aid Queensland.
QLAF received a presentation from Joanna Lezanski, of Relationships Australia, describing its Seniors Relationship Services and Relationships Australia’s work in forming relationships with CLCs to facilitate the provision of legal advice to clients. Joanna also informed members about its “Legally Assisted and Culturally Appropriate Family Dispute Resolution” project run in partnership with ATSILS, QIFVLS and a number of CLCs.
A special workshop QLAF meeting was held in March 2019 to discuss and develop a Strategic Plan for the period to June 2020. That discussion included both QLAF’s strategic objectives and key performance indicators to measure its success or otherwise in delivering on those objectives. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Mark Johnson of Intelligent Performance. Mark prepared a draft Strategic Plan which was further discussed at the meeting on 2 July 2018. QLAF aims to finalise and then publish the Strategic Plan at its next meeting in September 2018.
Discussions around the Strategic Plan highlighted the importance to QLAF of the various Regional Legal Assistance Forums throughout the state. Recent RLAF reports will be further considered at the next QLAF meeting against the Strategic Plan. QLAF looks forward to deeper future engagement with RLAFs.
Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with QLAF members if they wish to discuss any of these matters further.
1 Those sub-groups are the ATSI Service Planning Working Group, the Mental Health Service Planning Working Group, the Best Practices and Evidence Base Working Group, the Children and Families Legal Assistance Forum, the Community Legal Education Legal Assistance Forum and 12 Regional Legal Assistance Forums across the state.