Australian law in orientation

Australian law in orientation

About the project

Australian law in orientation is an educational resource tailored to people in the Humanitarian Settlement Services Onshore Orientation Program. This program is offered to refugees and humanitarian entrants aged 15 years and over, to help them understand Australian society, laws and culture.

We developed this resource following a request from AMES Australia, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (now Department of Home Affairs) and services working with recently arrived clients.

We adapted five topics from our What’s the law? Australian law for new arrivals kit, using pictorial PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ notes and engaging group activities. We have also trained AMES staff to deliver the resource.

The resource is easy to use with an interpreter or by a bilingual worker. It’s designed for community members who have been in Australia for less than six months and have low or no English and nominal legal literacy.

Watch a video about the project

The legal issues

The five topics covered are aligned with the Australian law element of the Onshore Orientation Program. The legal issues are:

  • Australia’s legal system, including voting and going to court
  • driving
  • police
  • child protection
  • family violence.

Our partners

We have partnered with AMES Australia on this project.

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