Communique September 2020
Significant matters discussed at the meeting on 2 September 2020
QLAF’s last meeting was hosted virtually by Legal Aid Queensland in Brisbane.
QLAF received a guest presentation from Mr Bill Mitchell of Townsville Community Law on his organisation’s ‘Disaster Readiness for the Legal Assistance Sector’ project which is under development.
Members were updated by the Department of Justice and Attorney General of the QLAF’s role under the new NLAP agreement with focus on collaboration, projects and supporting Regional Legal Assistance Forums.
Members continued their discussion around the implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019 on this standing agenda item for QLAF.
The QLAF received and discussed reports submitted by Regional Legal Assistance Forums which identified a broad range of issues across the State. QLAF members noted the importance of this useful information.
The Commonwealth provided an update on the finalised NLAP they are now preparing to implement.
The Commonwealth is seeking feedback on QLAF organisation services during COVID-19 isolation and the remote processes that worked well in the legal assistance sector.
Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with QLAF members if they wish to discuss any of these matters further.
More information about QLAF and minutes of previous meetings may be found at www.qlaf.org.au.