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Taree Forster Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership

Taree/Forster CLSD region map

The Taree/Forster Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Program Partnership is one of 12 regional justice partnerships in NSW. The Program partnerships are a coalition of legal and non-legal services.

The aim of the partnerships is to improve legal outcomes for people who experience social and economic disadvantage.

Why are CLSD Program partnerships important?

People who experience social and economic disadvantage often have complex and interrelated legal, health, financial and social needs. CLSD Program partnerships identify areas of unmet legal need in their communities and take collaborative action to address that need.

Systemic issues and problems that are raised by partnerships are regularly fed back to the NSW Legal Assistance Forum, the Law and Justice Foundation as well as other relevant bodies such as the Law Society, ombudsman schemes and government agencies.

How does the CLSD Program work?

Each partnership has a regional coordinator. Face to face meetings of the partners are held four times each year. Information about meeting dates and locations can be found on the Legal Aid NSW website www.legalaid.nsw. gov.au/clsd

The quarterly meetings are a great opportunity for partners to share information about new services, emerging legal issues and legal needs in the region.

Each partnership has an action plan that provides a framework for priorities and collaborative work by the partners. Action plans are flexible and updated regularly.

Taree/Forster region priorities:

  • Improved engagement with Aboriginal communities
  • Improved access to legal information and legal services for:

-       Aboriginal people

-       People with disability

-       People who experience social and economic disadvantage

  • Assisting people in financial hardship
  • Keeping community workers up to date with changes in the law

CLSD Program Projects

Partners use an evidence based approach to respond to unmet and emerging legal needs. Funding is available to support collaborative projects that provide, facilitate or enhance access to legal services in the region.

Projects developed by the Taree/Forster include:

  • Wills clinics for Aboriginal people in partnership with Gilbert & Tobin
  • Free legal help days at the Local Courts in Taree and Forster
  • Advocating for the introduction of the MERIT program to the region
  • Provision of legal hubs at community days including NAIDOC week celebrations