Community workers and the law

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This web site aims to provide a guide to the law in Queensland for community workers.

The idea for a book and ultimately a web site grew out a series of workshops conducted by Townsville Community Legal Service as a part of its community legal education work.

The workshops were aimed at educating community workers about important legal issues that might affect them in their day-to-day work with clients.

The choice to publish as a web site was taken as this form of communication offers us the best chance of keeping the content constantly evolving as more information and advice comes to hand.

As the topics covered by a web site such as this could be endless in scope, we decided to focus on issues from the perspective of the community worker. This decision gave us a framework in which the web site could be set out simply and logically in a number of easy to browse sections and pages.

We hope this web site will provide community workers with a good starting point when confronted with an ethical or workplace dilemma, by providing information that puts such issues in context and giving everyday examples.

What we mean by "the law"

By ‘the law’ we mean legal issues commonly encountered by community workers in their day-to-day work. These include but are not limited to laws that:

govern or regulate the relationship between community workers and clients
set out issues of liability between community workers and clients
deal with client information, data and records
promote access and equity in service provision.


It must be stressed right at the outset that this web site is not a substitute for professional or legal advice.

While we have made every effort to keep the material useful, relevant, accurate and current, the topics we cover are in constant flux and in particular the application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. Professional help should be sought in cases where the issues you are confronting have any seriousness or urgency. Links to professional organisations and associations can be found in the "Links" section.

Given the changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be omissions or inaccuracies in information contained in this web site and as publishers of this web site the Townsville Community Legal Service (TCLS) makes no guarantee for the currency and accuracy of the information.

Information on this web site is provided with the understanding that its publishers (and authors) are not herein engaged in rendering legal, accounting, tax, or other professional advice and services.

Therefore in using this web site you do so on the understanding that results obtained from the use of any information or advice herein are not the responsibility of the TCLS and all such information and advice is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

In no event will TCLS, its related partnerships or organisations, agents or employees be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information in this site or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

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