Hands Up For National Evidence of Legal Rights

With the ongoing spread of the Covid pandemic and recent floodings in the Greater Southern Queensland regions, Community Legal Centres are forced to turn away 80 people a week per electorate who need help due to the lack of funding.

At TASC we understand the effect this can have on a person and within the community itself. That is why we support the need to (1) increase funding for regular sector surveys to make better decision making and service delivery and (2) to see an additional investment of 1.5 million dollars every four years to increase the sector’s capacity to quickly respond to the changing legal needs of our community.

Free Evening Legal Advice Sessions (Family Law & Employment Law) Monday, 23 May 2022

Are you needing legal advice outside of business hours? Then TASC may be able to help you in our afterhours free legal advice sessions on Monday in Toowoomba.

Make sure to book in for our next sessions to be held on: Monday, 23 May (Family Law & Employment Law).

All sessions from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Face to face or phone appointments are available.

As our evening advice sessions are staffed by volunteer solicitors with varied experience the issues we can help with will change from time to time.

Bookings are essential. Contact us on (07) 4616 9700 to enquire whether we can assist you with your issue. 

Free Evening Legal Advice Sessions (Family Law) Monday, 9 May 2022

Are you needing legal advice outside of business hours? Then TASC may be able to help you in our afterhours free legal advice sessions on Monday in Toowoomba.

Make sure to book in for our next sessions to be held on: Monday, 9 May (Family Law).

All sessions from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Face to face or phone appointments are available.

As our evening advice sessions are staffed by volunteer solicitors with varied experience the issues we can help with will change from time to time.

Bookings are essential. Contact us on (07) 4616 9700 to enquire whether we can assist you with your issue. 

Free Evening Legal Advice Sessions (Employment Law) Monday, 11 April 2022

Are you needing legal advice outside of business hours? Then TASC may be able to help you in our afterhours free legal advice sessions on Monday in Toowoomba.

Make sure to book in for our next sessions to be held on: Monday, 11 April (Employment Law).

All sessions from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Face to face or phone appointments are available.

As our evening advice sessions are staffed by volunteer solicitors with varied experience the issues we can help with will change from time to time.

Bookings are essential. Contact us on (07) 4616 9700 to enquire whether we can assist you with your issue. 

TASC – Justice Street Reach Program Expands in Toowoomba

TASC Legal and Social Justice Services are proud to announce Eraj Adhikari (TASC Social Justice Advocate ) and Will Delaport (TASC Solicitor) will now be expanding the TASC- Justice Street Reach program to the Toowoomba Housing Hub every Thursday for appointments and drop-ins. 

This program is designed to provide social and legal support for people experiencing homelessness (or are in a challenging situation that they are unable to address without assistance).

For enquiries, please contact the Justice Street Reach program on 0429 851 639 or contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700 and ask to be put through to Eraj or Will from the Justice Street Reach program.

Don’t forget you can also reach TASC at the Toowoomba Housing Hub every 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Meet Lauren from TASC Legal and Social Justice Services.

Living in Roma and looking for free legal advice? We’ve got you covered!

Meet Lauren from TASC Legal and Social Justice Services.

Lauren comes to TASC from Legal Aid ACT following her admission in 2019. Her experience is predominantly in domestic violence matters and civil law. Lauren has appeared regularly in the Magistrates Court as a duty lawyer and was previously a school lawyer within different high schools. Lauren comes to Roma from Canberra, being from regional Victoria originally.

Lauren can help locals with legal issues around Family, Domestic and Family Violence, Civil and Consumer, and some minor Criminal Law.

Want to know more? Give our friendly Intake Team a call on 07 4616 9700 to understand your eligibility or visit Lauren at 96 Arthur Street Roma, Monday – Friday (9am-4pm).

TASC is the leading community legal centre for Greater South West Queensland and continues to make its mark with services constantly expanding. We have been in the Roma community for six years and so far have helped thousands of people all through the west!

#legaladvice #TASC #romaqld

MEET TEAGAN WEST – OUR GOONDIWINDI SOLICITOR!

Title: Solicitor – Goondiwindi

Likes: Second hand bookshops, watching footy and road trips!

Teagan comes to TASC with a private practice background following her admission in 2020! Her experience is predominantly in Crime, Family Law, Domestic Violence and Child Protection. In her early legal career she  appeared in a number of court matters ranging from traffic offences through to more complex parenting matters.

As her parents were in the Australian Defence Force, Teagan has experienced many cities and towns across Australia. Most recently, she has crossed the border from New South Wales to Goondiwindi, with the goal  to help the lives of people in rural and regional Australia. She is enjoying the country-town atmosphere and has enjoyed exploring some of the tourist sites!

Teagan graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and is so far enjoying the diversity of the work at TASC. She has been fortunate to meet many different people and each matter has its own eccentricities.

Teagan looks forward to meeting more people in Goondiwindi and settling more into the lifestyle.

Come and say hello to Teagan at our office on 84 Marshall Street, Goondiwindi.

TASC CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

2022 marks a significant anniversary for TASC Legal and Social Justice Services, we have been serving the Toowoomba and Southwest communities in Queensland for 40 years!

Established in 1982, by a committed group of lawyers and social workers, we have since led the way to provide exceptional community legal, social justice, and advocacy services.

CEO Frances Klaassen OAM said that TASC began as a small community service in Toowoomba, with a mission to help people who could not access justice, due to financial or other barriers.

“Fundamental to our work throughout our 40 years is the recognition that people often require more than assistance with their legal issues, social factors impact their lives and contribute to their legal issues or create barriers to addressing their presenting issue.” Ms. Klaassen said.   

“We have come a long way from our humble beginnings, as we now service one of the largest regional areas, spanning over 400,000 square kilometres. It is a great honour to be leading such a passionate team of professionals, but it would be amiss of me to not acknowledge those that built TASC to what it is today. Foundational volunteers such as Mark Orchard, Gillian Mason Johnson, Stephen Rees and Michael Maguire are the reason TASC began.”

“It is set to be an exciting year with a number of celebratory events and activities planned to encourage people to support TASC either by volunteering with us or donating to help continue our services.

“We thank the community, past and present staff, and the people who access our services, for continuing to support us and encourage our mission.”

This year and always, we want to encourage our friends and those who access our services to ‘come as you are’ because TASC is a safe space that you can access, just as you are – either in person or via phone. We all go through challenges and struggles during our life and we want you to know that we are here to guide you through those tough times. 

Keep an eye out on how you can help nurture and expand awareness of our services, especially throughout regional Queensland, in the coming months as we launch our celebratory 40-year events!

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WELCOME DR. SHARON BOYCE

On International Day of People with Disability (3 December), we acknowledged and recognised the impact our clients, family, and friends have on our organisation and the continued contributions they make for an inclusive society.

We also welcome the new Australian Disability Strategy and Employ My Ability, announced by the Australian Government, set to drive change to uphold the rights, inclusion, and participation of people with a disability.

With this, TASC is thrilled to announce our new Board Member, Dr. Sharon Boyce, who comes to us with expert knowledge, skills, and lived experience. As well as a disability advocate, Dr. Boyce is a lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Chair of Queensland Disability Advisory Council, and continues to work with many organisations across Queensland to raise awareness of living with disability.

CEO Frances Klaassen OAM said that it is a great privilege to welcome Dr. Boyce into the TASC family.

“Dr. Boyce is an inspiration to us all, and we are honoured to have her as a part of our Board. She will bring not only lived experience, but a wealth of knowledge,” Ms. Klaassen said.

“”We look forward to having Dr. Boyce’s voice on the Board and are excited for the insight she will bring.”

To welcome Dr. Boyce, we are excited to share one of her educational YouTube videos about ‘Discovering Dyslexia, Breaking Down the Barriers’. Please support Dr. Boyce, like and share her video with your friends!

Take a look at Dr. Boyce’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7eqhXgLEik

You can view the Australian Disability Strategy here: https://www.disabilitygateway.gov.au/ads

CALLING FOR ACTION

CALLING FOR ACTION – As a part of the global effort – ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign – TASC Legal and Social Justice Services dedicated November to stand up for people in domestic violence situations. The international campaign was launched to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women.

TASC staff were inspired to play their part by embracing the theme ‘Orange the World: End violence against women now!’ So, to show our support staff wore their best orange outfits at our offices in Toowoomba, Ipswich and Roma.

In addition to this, our CEO Frances Klaassen wanted to highlight the seriousness that was emphasised in a recent ABC article (you can read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/…/housing-crisis-curbs…/100652334).

CEO Frances Klaassen OAM said that as an organisation who are part of a network of organisations assisting women and families experiencing domestic violence it is important we all do our part to raise awareness and be active.

“Our solicitors and advocates see firsthand the effect domestic and family violence has on an individual and their family members,” Ms. Klaassen said.

“We have been working to increase awareness and create cohesive and accessible responses to assist those impacted by family violence. The housing crisis in Queensland means women and children cannot access a safe haven and may be faced with the forced choice of taking the risk and staying or returning to an unsafe home while they wait for an alternate option. We need action now, from local, State, and Federal governments to ensure that we have safe secure longer-term options for housing as part of an effective response system for women and children. Everyone has the right to a safe place to call home!”

As a leading regional community legal and social justice organisation, TASC supports families to find their feet and often helps women with domestic violence and family law matters.

Learn more about how you can help here: https://un-women.medium.com/take-action-10-ways-you-can

#orangetheworld #GenerationEquality #16Days