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Kimberley Community Legal Centre

Tenancy:

  • Making an application for social housing and explaining the ‘priority list’ and the ‘wait turn list’;
  • Making an application to transfer between social housing providers;
  • Understanding your Tenancy Agreement before you sign up;
  • Appealing charges on your account that you don’t agree with;
  • Dealing with complaints from your neighbours;
  • Giving up your house: there are lots of ways that tenancies can end; and
  • Getting your bond back.

Family Violence

If you’re experiencing family violence you can speak to a KCLS lawyer for advice on how to protect yourself and your children. A lawyer can help you to plan for your safety, speak with the Police or apply for or vary a Violence Restraining Order.

Family Law – Children

A lawyer at KCLS can speak to you before you attend Family Dispute Resolution to give you advice on your rights and options before you go to FDR. If you can’t reach an agreement at FDR or your situation is too urgent to wait for FDR, you can speak to a lawyer at KCLS about your options.

Care and Protection

In these situations a lawyer at KCLS can speak to you about how the child protection law works and advise you on your rights. They can also help you to develop plans, speak to CPFS and tell your side of the story. You don’t have to wait until you’re in Court to speak with a lawyer. You can talk to a lawyer at KCLS as soon as you get paperwork from CPFS or are asked to have a meeting with them. It’s usually better to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, to see if things can be sorted out before Court. If you go to Court we may be able to help you tell your story to the Court and CPFS.

Kimberley Community Legal Centre provides outreach from Kununurra to Wyndham, Warmun, Halls Creek, Bililuna, Mulan and Balgo, Kalumburu and Wyndham.

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Albany Community Legal Centre

A Tenant Advocate provides a free service and can give information and support to anyone who lives in a private rental, public housing, community housing or park home.

A Tenant Advocate can help you with:

  • Residential Tenancy Databases (RTDs)
  • Making an application to rent a house
  • Property Condition Reports (PCRs)
  • Maintenance, repairs and rent reduction
  • Lessor or agent’s right of entry
  • Negotiating changes in Rent
  • Department of Housing 3 strikes rules
  • Bond money – and getting it back
  • What to look for before signing a tenancy agreement
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Albany Youth Support Association – SHOT

The Supported Housing Outreach and Tenancy (SHOT) program is for young people from 15 to 25 years of age who need housing support. Staff provide outreach to those living in AYSA’s six transitional houses, provided through the Southern Community Housing Association. Young people can stay in these houses for up to two years. SHOT youth workers help them access and engage in education, employment and training opportunities, setting them on the path towards financial independence.

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Entry Point Perth

Entrypoint Perth is a free assessment and referral service assisting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Western Australia to access accommodation and support options. For individuals and families based in regional Western Australia, they can:

  • provide information on accommodation and support options to assist people to seek their own accommodation
  • assess individual circumstances of people and families experiencing domestic violence and, if eligible, provide formal referrals to crisis accommodation and support options
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Kimberley Community Legal Centre

Tenancy:

  • Making an application for social housing and explaining the ‘priority list’ and the ‘wait turn list’;
  • Making an application to transfer between social housing providers;
  • Understanding your Tenancy Agreement before you sign up;
  • Appealing charges on your account that you don’t agree with;
  • Dealing with complaints from your neighbours;
  • Giving up your house: there are lots of ways that tenancies can end; and
  • Getting your bond back.

Family Violence

If you’re experiencing family violence you can speak to a KCLS lawyer for advice on how to protect yourself and your children. A lawyer can help you to plan for your safety, speak with the Police or apply for or vary a Violence Restraining Order.

Family Law – Children

A lawyer at KCLS can speak to you before you attend Family Dispute Resolution to give you advice on your rights and options before you go to FDR. If you can’t reach an agreement at FDR or your situation is too urgent to wait for FDR, you can speak to a lawyer at KCLS about your options.

Care and Protection

In these situations a lawyer at KCLS can speak to you about how the child protection law works and advise you on your rights. They can also help you to develop plans, speak to CPFS and tell your side of the story. You don’t have to wait until you’re in Court to speak with a lawyer. You can talk to a lawyer at KCLS as soon as you get paperwork from CPFS or are asked to have a meeting with them. It’s usually better to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible, to see if things can be sorted out before Court. If you go to Court we may be able to help you tell your story to the Court and CPFS.

Kimberley Community Legal Service provides an outreach service from Broome to Dampier Peninsula, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing.

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Centacare – Homelesness Support

Centacare Kimberley offers support to people who are homeless, or are highly at risk of becoming homeless in Broome and Derby. Homelessness is where you don’t have a stable or secure place to live, so includes people who are living in overcrowded family homes. All people over the age of 25 are eligible for support. The focus of the three Homelessness services is to support individuals, couples and families to achieve the goal of obtaining and then maintaining long term stable housing in the Public Housing system, or, the private rental market.

The Derby service can work with any person who is Homeless, but does have a focus on supporting women and children who are escaping Domestic Violence to secure long term housing.

Homelessness Services offer a holistic response that can support people to overcome multiple life challenges, and are able to provide support in the areas of:

  • Applying for housing;
  • Access to short and medium term accommodation options
  • Referrals to specialist and mainstream services
  • Advocacy and support
  • Access to education, training and employment
  • Life & independent living skills development
  • Access to Financial advice and Material aid
  • Mentoring and positive role modelling
  • Tenancy information, advice and support

 

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Derby Housing Support Service

Centacare Kimberley has a team of dedicated support workers who can assist you to develop a plan that will successfully lead to home ownership.

This program support people who are currently employed, undertaking an apprenticeship, or are completing a traineeship that will lead to employment. The focus of the program is to support people to build the financial skills, knowledge, confidence and strength to buy their own home, or to take charge of their own future in a private rental.

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Bloodwood Tree Association – Healthy Living Program

Healthy living Program: An intensive 4-day workshop that provides at-risk individuals and families with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve and maintain a healthy home (tenancy obligations, inspections, cleaning and maintaining a home), healthy family (family health, family first aid and conflict resolution) and healthy life (bill paying, budgeting and meal planning).

The workshops are hands-on and collaborate with local agencies to assist participants to stay in their home once tenancy has been obtained.

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Mission Australia – THRIVE Pilbara

THRIVE supports tenants of Public Housing and Aboriginal Housing who experience difficulties sustaining their tenancy. THRIVE also supports people who may be homeless and those on a housing waitlist, who have 12 months or less wait for a property.

Thrive case managers work with individuals and families to help them develop skills, knowledge and links to community services and resources that will help them to address often complex issues which affect their tenancy.

The service is provided across the Pilbara and remote areas in collaboration with Bloodwood Tree.

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Pilbara Community Legal Service

Housing Support Program:

The housing support service supports and  assists clients to obtain secure, stable, and long term accommodation. Working closely with other services such as Department of Communities, the housing support service focuses on educating clients so they have the skills and knowledge to sustain and maintain their long term tenancy.

Family Law:

  • Property Settlement- Solicitors offer limited assistance in relation to property settlement. They can provide; general information regarding the process of initiating and finalising financial relations with your partner, general assistance with filling in court forms and making appropriate referrals to other services
  • Parenting- Solicitors provide advice only and appropriate referrals in areas such as: where the children will live, how much time spent with the other parent, parenting plans and orders, location and recovery orders and breach of court orders.
  • Divorce- Solicitors provide advice and assistance with the process and drafting of court documents.
  • Care and Protection- Solicitors provide advice and court representation for care and protection matters. They do not provide representation in appeal matters.
  • Family and Domestic Violence- Solicitors provide advice in relation to restraining orders, negotiating resolutions prior to the matter proceeding trial, court representation (where appropriate)

Criminal Injuries compensation:

Victims of family violence and victims of any other crime who have suffered bodily harm, or psychological injury as a result of the crime may be eligible to claim Criminal Injuries Compensation.

Domestic violence advocacy and victim support service (DVAVSS):

DVAVSS provides information, support, referrals and assistance in a secure and confidential setting where you are safe to tell your story. The service acts as an important tool to help overcome trauma, recover and rebuild life after abuse. DVAVSS provides assistance with:

  • Providing information to clients about their rights, options, and the community resources available for them;
  • Safety planning- various strategies are discussed so a client can decide for themselves what strategies to use to reduce their future risk of abuse;
  • Violence Restraining Order applications
  • Encouragement, empathy and respect with a non-judgmental approach and culturally sensitive support.
  • Informal counselling can be through crisis intervention or casual conversation.

Keeping women safe program (KWS):

An early intervention and prevention strategy aimed to help women and their children from becoming homeless and improve safety following family and domestic violence (FDV). The program helps women to stay in their home or a home of their choosing, when it is safe an appropriate to do so.

Domestic violence workers assist with:

  • Risk assessment
  • Safety planning
  • Welfare/safety/security checks
  • Linking clients to a wide range of services that address their expressed needs
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