TASC Attends CLCA Conference

Our CEO, Frances Klaassen, and Legal Services Manager, David Manwaring attended the National Community Legal Centres Australia (CLCs) Conference in Hobart last week.

This conference is celebrating 50 years connecting Community Legal Centres in eight states and community legal sector peak bodies. The Conference’s theme for this year was “Reconnect and Reimagine” the justice landscape.

Frances and David took the opportunity to connect with colleagues in Community Legal Centres from across Australia attending presentations to explore creative new opportunities for integrated models of service delivery, cyber security risk management, building strong safe workplaces. They also discussed the how and why of the role of governance and leadership in creating a thriving workplace.

A  key take away was Bob Brown’s, Australian Politician founder of The Bob Brown Foundation, definition of the word justice as “everyone’s right to optimism. “ Hope is no good without  action – our job is to change reality.  Our community will come with us to do this if we give them the opportunity”. “Thank you Bob for reminding us that social change requires action and that is what we at TASC are here for”, Frances said.

Widebay a focus for TASC advocacy

Last week saw TASC CEO, Frances Klaassen OAM and Social Justice Services Manager Gail Reardon travel to the Wide Bay region to catch up with our advocates and network with other organisations in the sector.

While in Gympie they also inspected possible office spaces for TASC’s Social Justice advocate for the area, Alicia Hawkins.

Stopping by TASC’s Bundaberg office also gave them the opportunity for an in person catch up with Nakayla Murnane who joined the TASC team in December.

Frances and Gail also stopped in at Hervey Bay to connect with other people in the community sector.

The Wide Bay region is an important and growing part of TASC’s Social Justice Advocacy network.

TASC’s disability advocacy and social justice service is free and helps people in parts of regional southern Queensland stand up for their human rights.  If you need advocacy help, contact TASC on 07 4616 9700 or visit tascnational.org.au.

TASC Advocate attends the QLD Independent Disability Advocacy Network (QIDAN)

David Boden, TASC Social Justice Advocate, participated at the last Queensland Independent Disability Advocacy Network (QIDAN) two-day meeting to discuss future plans and goals for disability advocacy in our State.

TASC Legal and Social Justice Services is proud to be part of QIDAN, a network of non-for-profit organisations that provides state funded disability advocacy in Queensland.

If you are a person with a disability, or know somebody who is living with a disability, and are looking for advocacy support, then call TASC on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au find out more.

2023 the Year of Accessible Tourism

The Queensland Government has declared 2023 the Year of Accessible Tourism to make sure our state is a destination for everyone, including people of all abilities and to change the perception of what it means to be an accessible tourism business.

One of these initiatives is a new accessible tourism online toolkit delivered by Get Skilled Access and TravAbility on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport and now available on the DTIS website for tourism operators to help the industry welcome travellers of all abilities to participate in Queensland’s incredible tourism experiences.

Our TASC Team welcome this and other initiatives that allow people of all abilities to enjoy the same experiences as everyone else. Whether you are seeking more accessibility or are a tourism business embracing accessibility, find out more about what the Year of Accessible Tourism means for you – https://bit.ly/3iQvQ4w

And, if you are a person with a disability, or know somebody who is living with a disability, and are looking for advocacy support, then call TASC on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au find out more.

Image credits: Queensland Government

SCAM ALERT

If you receive a call from a number you are not familiar with do NOT provide the person on the phone with any PERSONAL INFORMATION including your social security number, bank information, etc. Sometimes the callers will make it sound like they already have all of this information or like they know you, but you still do NOT want to confirm anything with them. If you are unsure, tell them you will call them back and call a family member, friend or the police department to ask what you should do.

If you live in or around Toowoomba, Ipswich or Western Downs we may be able to help you with you with free legal advice and information or referrals or other services near you. Call 07 4616 9700.

Back to School Privacy

So long holidays, hello back to school. The academic year kicks off next week.

Posting a photo on the first day of school is a tradition for many Queensland families, but it may be putting kids at risk. Queensland Police are warning families sharing photos on social media can give away sensitive information. A single photo can enable predators to discover personal information like names and locations, putting children at risk.

They are also asking drivers to slow it down in school zones and keep an eye out for more cyclists and pedestrians.

Have a great and safe start to your school year, everyone!

Mould in Rentals – Know Your Rights

Did you know that mould may constitute loss of amenity or breach of the lessor’s obligation to provide premises fit to live in and in good repair?

If you or somebody you know is experiencing rental issues including bond and lease disputes, eviction and termination of leases, understanding their rights and responsibilities, and talking to their landlord or agent about problems, call the QSTARS hotline on 1300 744 263 and ask to speak to your local service (TASC). TASC’s office number is 07 4616 9700.

Stop Domestic Family Violence

Domestic and family violence can impact anybody, and is a pattern of abusive behaviour that is not always physical. 

If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or the surroundings or know someone in those areas who are experiencing domestic violence, contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.

This is a FREE service subject to the eligibility criteria.

We Are Open

We’re back from our Christmas break ready to make 2023 a brighter year.

Are you struggling with legal issues related to Family Law, Domestic and Family Violence, Civil and Consumer Law, Criminal Law (minor matters), Discrimination, rights, complaints, Human rights concerns: abuse, neglect, harm, Problems with services and agencies (e.g. NDIS), or Tenancy issues (evictions, bond disputes, QCAT matters) but don’t have the financial means to pay for professional services?

Start 2023 on the right foot by contacting our team on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au to find out if you qualify for our free services.

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