The basics

Decide on a  group or individual suffering disadvantage

Provide background, definitions and a description of your area

Outline the legal response

Outline the non legal response

Evaluate the effectiveness of this response by researching relevant legislation, cases and media articles.

Literacy demands

Language of evaluation/judgement

Use Citemaker for your bibliography

The legal response

Legislation

Accessing legislation

Video tutorial on how to access legislation

AustLII

Examples of legislation:

Anti discrimination Act 1977 (NSW)

Death Penalty Abolition Act 1973 (Commonwealth)

Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth)

Family Law Act 1975 (Commonwealth)

Guardianship Act 1997 (NSW)

Immigration Restriction Act

Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW)

Migration Act 1958 (Commonwealth)

National Disability Insurance Scheme (Commonwealth)

Racial Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth)

Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth)

Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Commonwealth)

Young offenders Act 1997 (NSW)

Cases

Indigenous Law Resources 
The AustLII database has a timeline of legal developments that have affected Indigenous Australians. The timeline includes case law, legislation, treaties, and other legal and political documents which have affected Indigenous people’s rights in Australia.

Law and Justice foundation of NSW
The Law and Justice Foundation of NSW provides up-to-date legislation, court lists and legal judgements from the Australian court system. It is the Web-site commonly used by lawyers for researching cases and legal judgements.

Public Guardian and NDIS
The Public Guardian will advocate for the participant’s reasonable and necessary support needs, both current and future, to be built into their NDIS plans

Sex discrimination Act after 20 years
A 2004 article by Beth Gaze (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University) in the University of NSW Law Journal examines the Sex Discrimination Act 1984: ‘The Sex Discrimination Act after Twenty Years: Achievements, Disappointments, Disillusionment and Alternatives’, with references. An excellent evaluation

The non legal response

Accessing media articles

Video tutorial of how to access a free article in the Sydney Morning Herald


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