A review of our publication 'What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals' kit

A review of our publication 'What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals' kit

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Our education kit for newly arrived migrants, What’s the law? Australian law for new arrivals (What's the law?) has been reviewed in the latest edition of Fine Print – the journal of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council. The kit focuses on breaking down Australian law into plain English, with 14 topics on renting, Centrelink, fines and more. Each topic comes with a video and activity and answer sheets to help students and teachers in the classroom.

Reviewer Debbie Mpisi describes the kit as 'a terrific, free resource, which deals with common legal issues in Australian life'.

An experienced teacher, Debbie has used the kit in her English language classes and highlighted the importance of linking new words and legal concepts – which can be quite daunting – with 'practical everyday life problems' that new arrivals can face.

'The kit offers a great incentive for learning and remembering,' Debbie writes.

We started developing What’s the law? in 2009, inspired by work undertaken by the Footscray Community Legal Centre. After months of content development, the kit was endorsed in 2011 by the Department of Immigrant and Citizenship (now the Department of Home Affairs) and we began rolling it out across Australia and in conjunction with seven other legal aid commissions.

A research paper looking at the impact of a module in What’s the law? will be published shortly by the Canadian Journal of Law and Social Policy. Evaluation is a key part of our work, to assess and reassess the relevance and usefulness of our materials for the community.

Download the review

Download the full What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals review (pdf, 68.89 KB).

More information

Read our education kit What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals.

You can read about our other evaluations at How we are improving our services.

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