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A number of Justice agencies took up an opportunity for public engagement when Auburn Council in Western Sydney hosted a town hall event as part of Law Week. The event, which aimed to provide residents with advice and direction on legal issues or problems, attracted over 400 local residents.
Representing the Department's services were the Diversity Services Unit, Anti-Discrimination Board, Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW Trustee and Guardian, Public Guardian, Victims Services, LawAccess NSW and NCAT.
According to Auburn City Council Mayor, Ronney Oueik, "We all have a responsibility to act lawfully in our society, but at the same time the law is also there to serve our interests".
Workshop sessions were held on general safety and where to obtain legal advice. A range of agencies were represented including Fair Trading, NSW Ombudsman, Refugee Advice and Casework Service, NSW Police Force, Legal Aid NSW and Western Sydney Tenants Service.
Topics covered included registering babies and marriages, writing a will, parking fines, contracts, victim services and immigration advice.
To ensure everyone could participate there were interpreters on hand in Tamil, Arabic, Mandarin, Farsi and Dari/Hazaragi. Some information sessions were also conducted in these languages.