- Funding will allow centres to provide submissions on law reform, research and policy
The McGowan Government has awarded $403,000 to three community legal centres to assist with research, law reform and policy.
The one-off grants have been allocated to:
- Tenancy WA - $169,000;
- Consumer Credit Legal Service (CCLSWA) - $169,000; and
- Employment Law Centre of WA (ELC) - $65,000.
Tenancy WA will use the funding to prepare submissions for law and policy reform, focused on tenants and vulnerable consumers, in the next 12 months.
The CCLSWA will use the grant to undertake comprehensive research to identify any new and emerging issues, and report back to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
Additionally, this centre offers a free telephone advice line and is at the front-line of consumer law issues.
The ELC will use the funding for research and developing strategies on a range of critical issues including modern slavery, the impact of casual employment and the gig economy, and improving working arrangements for vulnerable workers.
Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:
"The McGowan Government has a number of law reform priorities for consumers, including modernising the Residential Tenancies Act and progressing the Residential Parks Amendment Bill 2018.
"Extensive public and stakeholder involvement is a crucial part of any research process, especially when working towards law reform.
"These three agencies are leaders in their respective areas; I know they can provide expert advice and insights into their clients' needs to help shape our work on law reform, research and policy development."
Minister's office - 6552 6700