Free legal information: Family Law

Free legal information sessions held at the Legal Aid ACT office, located 2 Allsop Street Canberra. 

Divorce: This session will provide information on how to do your own divorce. 

Property: This session will explore how the Family Law Act is applied when a Court is asked to determine how to divide the assets and liabilities of a separated couple. 

Children: This session will provide information regarding the Family Law Act and how it applies to separated parents. 

RSVP is essential. Please see poster for further information and dates.

Law For Non-Lawyers

Legal Aid ACT, the Community Legal Centres, and other organisations are delivering a range of legal training sessions during 2018. 

Each session will be held on Wednesday morning. Each session is at the same time and in the same location.

Time: 9.30am-11.30am

Location: Legal Aid ACT, 2 Allsop Street, Canberra City

Cost: FREE. Materials and morning tea included.

RSVP: via Eventbrite link

See Eventbrite or download the poster for dates and session topics. 

Free legal information: Driving under the influence & licensing matters

This session is targeted at first time offenders who have been charged and are required to appear in court for drink driving, drug driving, or licensing matters. The sessions can also be useful for repeat offenders. You will be provided with information about how to prepare for your court date and what the likely or possible penalties are.

See brochure for dates and time.

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Disability Justice Strategy: A discussion with Professor Eileen Baldry and Jeanette Purkis

Disability Justice Strategy: A discussion with Prof Eileen Baldry and Jeanette Purkis


15th October at 5:30pm at the Legal Aid Offices (ACT), 2 Allsop Street, Canberra City

Prof Eileen Baldry and Jeanette Purkis will present an argument for a Disability Justice Strategy to be introduced into the ACT justice system.

Central to the argument is identifying the existing institutional arrangements that fail the complex support needs of people and therefore provide pathways into the criminal justice system (CJS).

During their time in the criminal justice system Eileen and Jeanette have amassed a large amount of experience and knowlage in this field, they would now would like to put forward a compelling argument in how to manage people with complex support needs and also assist in the introduction of strategies to change the pathways to help prevent recidivism or entry into the CJS within the ACT.

Prof Eileen Baldry (BA, DipEd, MWP, PhD) is a Professor of Criminology at UNSW, where she has been an academic since 1993. Her current role is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Equity Diversity and Inclusion at UNSW. 

In 2016 Eileen was named as one of the inaugural PLuS Alliance Fellows in Social Justice, She also holds the distinguished position of Academic Chair of UNSW Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Board and is the current Deputy Chair of the Disability Council NSW.

Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice matters and include mental health and cognitive disability in the criminal justice system; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous social work; community development and social housing and disability services.


Jeanette Purkis is an author, public servant and passionate advocate for Autistic people and their families, she is the author of 'Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome' – an autobiography, 'The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens'- an activity book about employment for teens on the Autism spectrum.

She is co-author of 'The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum' and 'The Parents' Practical Guide to Resilience for Children aged 2-10 on the Autism Spectrum.' Jeanette has also contributed to other books, journals, blogs and websites and has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and atypical schizophrenia. Jeanette has been working full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007.

Separated Same-Sex Parented Families - Family Law Pathways Network



Date:               Thursday 25 October 2018

Time                1pm to 5pm

Venue:             The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton

Cost:                $50.00

Includes:          Afternoon tea

RSVP:               Friday 19 October 2018

                        Eventbrite link here

CPD:                attendance at this seminar will provide you with CPD units


Contact Details:          Carol Benda or 6243 3463


Session Details

Luke’s presentation will explore changing social attitudes and recent trends in same-sex divorce from countries where marriage equality has existed for some time. Luke will then share the findings of his qualitative research undertaken with separated same- sex parents from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and regional Victoria.

His findings unpack their experiences of separation both before and after legal changes recognising female non-biological parents, and will discuss parents’ experiences of shared care over two and sometimes three households.

He will introduce us to guild-parented families, those who create their family with more than two parents and their subsequent unique experiences of separation and shared parenting. His findings will also uncover same-sex parents’ experiences and perceptions of separation services and service providers, including legal professionals, family relationship centres, and mediation and counselling services

About the presenter:

Dr Luke Gahan is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at La Trobe University and a Research Fellow at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI).

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