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e-Newsletter  |  June 2020
National FLPN Webinar Series -

Thank you to all Network members who have supported the national Family Law Pathways Network's free webinar series.  Four weekly webinars have been delivered thus far, with national and international expert presenters attracting large audiences.

There are two webinars remaining in the current series.  Follow the links to book now:

Tomorrow, Wednesday 17 June - 1pm AEST 
Rose Cuff  - Parenting Capacity & Mental Health

Wednesday 24 June - 1pm AEST 
Dr Margaret Spencer - Complex circumstances: Parents with intellectual disability

STOP PRESS - 

One additional webinar will be presented in late July (further details to be advised shortly) -
Nathan Wallis - Anxiety and depression
The Court Network Telephone Service -

The Court Network’s new telephone support model commenced on Wednesday 27 May.  

The Court Network Telephone Service provides free, confidential support, information and referral for all court users (victims, witnesses, accused, family and friends) during business hours Monday to Friday.

The service is staffed exclusively by volunteers (Networkers) and replaces the face to face Networker model during the COVID-19 restrictions. If successful, this service will be maintained post COVID-19 restrictions to complement usual Networker services.  

The Court Network Telephone Service will, as much as possible, replicate the face to face service (with some limitations) and assist callers in the following ways:


Provide support and information about what happens before, during or after court

  • Explain how the courts and legal systems operate  
  • Inform court users about how to best contact various courts and tribunals
  • Assist court users to get the help they need to address their safety issues
  • Help to arrange access to a secure room if required
  • Provide court users with up to date information on new arrangements for court since the COVID-19
  • Provide court users with referrals to legal services in their area 
  • Refer court users to services to assist them to fill out and submit orders and paperwork
  • Talk to court users on their day of court either before or after their matter has been heard
  • Help court users to understand the next steps that they might have to take
  • Refer court users to an appropriate service that could assist them with issues such as housing, domestic violence and mental health.
The new toll-free number is 1800 571 239.  Callers will be re-routed to the mobile number of a Networker, who will be waiting at the end of each line to receive those calls and provide assistance.   In Queensland there are five lines - one dedicated Domestic and Family Violence Desk, and four covering all jurisdictions.
Local service updates -

QSTARS -

QSTARS (Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service) is assisting Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie tenants with advice and advocacy to resolve their tenancy issues whilst navigating the new tenancy regulations put in place by the Queensland Government.  For referrals, call Tenants Queensland on 1300 744 263 to arrange an appointment at QSTARS’ Maroochydore office (co-located with Suncoast Community Legal Service).


DFV Tenancy Toolkit Training / Sector Capacity Building Project - 

On-line training is being offered on Wednesday 24 June (9.30 am – 12 noon). 
RSVP to Sonja Zalar (sonjaz@tenantsqld.org.au or call 3832 9447).



Job Alert:  Nambour Community Centre -

The NCC is seeking an experienced, dynamic Manager with a proven track record in the community services sector (32 hours per week, Level 7).  Applications close on Tuesday 30 June.  Contact the Centre for details.
In the News -
 

The Senate inquiry into family violence has closed, missing an important opportunity – The Conversation, 21 May
 
Leading criminologist appointed to Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Board – Griffith News, 21 May
 
DV reporting available for vulnerable persons online – QPS, 19 May


Attorney-General Media Release -

Funding boost to ensure struggling Australians can get legal assistance – 6 May

New Members - 

A reminder that the Family Law Pathways Network Sunshine Coast warmly welcomes new Members.  Membership is FREE to join: encourage interested colleagues to simply email their details to the FLPN Co-ordinator via this link.
 
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