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This project involved the development of an innovative 26-minute DVD, introducing new entrants to Australian law, available in 13 community languages including English.
This 'self-education' tool allows people with poor English language skills or illiteracy in their own language to understand, the system of law that we have in Australia. It covers essential aspects of the law that apply in Australia.
A steering committee comprising relevant stakeholders including the Department of Immigration and Citizenship set the project and its plans in place. Promotion of the DVD was via email and posting on the Ethnic Communities Council of WA website.
The DVD took over a year to produce, and over 7500 copies have been distributed. There is no cost involved in ordering the DVD.
The DVD production was funded by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department and the Law Society of WA’s Public Purposes Trust.
The DVD has been distributed through agencies dealing largely with humanitarian entrants. The languages identified were based on humanitarian entrant numbers over the last five years and the projections for the next few. Local government authorities have been distributing the DVD’s via citizenship ceremonies. The DVD has been requested by every state in Australia and some from overseas.
This has proven to be a highly successful project with a huge number of favourable comments from viewers who have indicated how much they learned.
Further information on this project is available.
"The project has allowed people with poor English skills who may also be illiterate in their own language to access valuable information that can have a major impact on their lives."
Suresh Rajan, Executive Office Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia
"Law of the Land is very useful and extremely popular with the Burmese and Karen Communities. We commend it to all communities from a non English Speaking Background."
Paul Kyaw, Burmese Community leader
See: Law of the Land