Law for Community Workers
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 training may be for you.
This training has a very practical focus, aiming to develop skills in identifying legal problems, 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.
The training covers the content of two units of study approved by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council:
Students need to attend 12 two hour classes over one semester, undertake reading and learning activities each week as well as assessments.
Students who successfully complete the training 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.
Topics covered include
All substantive topics will cover sources of law, using legal resources, giving legal information, where to refer for legal advice, assistance and/or representation, where particular types of claims are lodged etc.
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.
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 for 2015 are still to be confirmed.
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, Juliet Badics by telephone on (08) 8111 5749 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.