Law for Community Workers Course

If you wish you understood more about the law, if your clients have legal problems, if you wish you knew where and how to refer them for help, this course may be for you.

The course has a very practical focus, developing skills in giving legal information and assisting people to understand legal procedures. It is aimed at community workers or staff in agencies involved in direct client contact.

Students need to be able to deal with legal terminology, be interested in legal issues and social justice, have good IT skills (or be willing and able to pick them up), and regular access to the internet and email.  People working in Aboriginal services, with new migrants, with people with a disability, with young people or working with any disadvantaged group are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Course - In Brief
Course Content
Law Handbook
Venues
Fees
Enrolments

THE COURSE – IN BRIEF
 

The course covers the content of two units of study approved by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council:

  • CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services
  • CHCLEG411A Use relevant legislation in response to client needs

Students who successfully complete the training course will have the above units added to their Academic Record at TAFE SA. These two units of study may also be used as electives in TAFE SA’s Certificate IV in Legal Services.  Note that if you wish to continue on to complete the Certificate IV, you may need to apply for entry through SATAC after completing these two units.

Students need to attend one 3 hour class per week over two 21-week semesters, and complete homework each week as well as assessments. 

COURSE CONTENT

Semester 1  CHCNET404B Facilitate links with other services

Topics covered include

  • Legal and Court System
  • Communication and Interviewing
  • Legal Help and Legal Research
  • Consumer Law
  • Consumer Credit
  • Debt Recovery and Bankruptcy
  • Working with Aboriginal Clients and Clients from CALD Backgrounds
  • Family Law (Children's Matters)
  • Family Law (Property Matters)
  • Child Support
  • Family Violence
  • Child Protection
  • Housing (Tenancy)
  • Mediation
  • Neighbours
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Working with Interpreters
  • Review and Evaluation

Semester 2  CHCLEG411A Use relevant legislation in response to client needs

Topics covered include

  • Legal Profession, Ethics and Advocacy
  • Interviewing and Communications Part II
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Evidence, Investigations and Police Powers
  • Traffic Offences, Licences and Demerit Points
  • Children and Young Offenders
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney, ACD
  • Health Law
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Workcover
  • Social Security
  • Complaints against Government
  • Privacy, Freedom of Information and Defamation
  • Property Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Environment and Planning Law
  • Community Organisations
  • Interviewing Workshop
  • Review and Evaluation

LAW HANDBOOK

The text book is the Law Handbook. This is published by the Legal Services Commissions and is available free online at www.lawhandbook.sa.gov.au. Computers with internet access are available for use at TAFE SA sites and most public libraries on a free or low cost basis.

VENUES

The class is held at the Adelaide campus of TAFE SA.

Regional and remote students may be able to attend via TAFE SA’s video conferencing sites located across the state (for example, at Barossa, Berri or Renmark, Ceduna, Clare,  Coober Pedy, Elizabeth, Ernabella, Gawler, Kadina, Kingscote (KI), Mount Barker, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Naracoorte, Noarlunga, Port Augusta, Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Victor  Harbor, Waikerie and Whyalla).

If this will be relevant to you then it is essential that you return an Expression of Interest Form as early as possible. This will ensure that the site can be booked in time for your commencement.

It may also be possible for students to attend through other videoconferencing technologies (but students would need a webcam, microphone, headphones and suitable PC and broadband internet connection). This would need to be further discussed with the Course Coordinator.

FEES

Fees for 2015 are still to be confirmed. 

ENROLMENTS

Download an Expression of Interest Form and send it by fax to 8111 5500 or email to juliet.badics@lsc.sa.gov.au to be put on the waiting list.  

If your application is accepted then an email will be sent to you with details of the TAFE SA enrolment process.  An invoice will be sent to you requiring payment to TAFE SA. Payment can be made online and/or by taking your printed invoice to an Australian Post Office branch. Please telephone Justice and Policing Studies at TAFE SA on (08) 8207 8322 if you would like information about enrolling in other units.

If you have any queries about the course, please contact the Course Coordinator, Liz Ahern by telephone on (08) 8111 5570 or by email to liz.ahern@lsc.sa.gov.au.
 

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