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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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n o rt h e rn t e rr it o ry l e g a l a id c o m m is si o n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 3 8 and working with different target audiences. We also discuss emerging needs and issues that may require resources or education plans. NT Legal Aid also partners with other relevant agencies to deliver legal education activities sharing expertise, resources, ensuring a mix of skills, qualities and inclusive practice. NT Legal Aid convenes the NT Community Legal Education Network, with over 200 members from more than 50 legal and other agencies. The network shares information via an email group, an online shared calendar and a Facebook page. Meetings are held every 2 months involving people from Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin and other regions and states. The Network was unable to hold its annual professional development event due to COVID-19 restrictions, however plans are in place to deliver the event again in 2021-22. 2. Deliver education and training NT Legal Aid undertook a range of activities to connect with our target audiences in 2020-21 and align with their legal needs and contexts. Two key projects for the year were: Law and Me in the NT NT Legal Aid was funded by the NT Governments Study NT International Student Wellbeing Grant, to provide Law and me in the NT, an education program for international students. The project has grown over the years and we have incorporated and created several different methods of delivery: consisting of in person education sessions, online resources and information for international students to improve their access to justice in the NT. The sessions consisted of a series of interactive workshops to help international students and their support networks understand their rights and where to find free legal assistance. These included: renting, being safe in relationships, equal opportunity, visas, money and employment rights. The focus was to enable students to prevent and address legal problems early through a range of resources and activities. The project contributed to strengthening the understanding of relevant laws and processes by both students and the support systems that surround and facilitate their experience in Australia. A recent activity as part of the project in 2021 was providing Legal Health Check training to service providers working with international students, to help them understand legal issues and how to make good referrals. Our Principal Functions (continued) International Student Orientation

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