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What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals

What’s the law? Australian law for new arrivals is a free education kit for use in English language classes and in community settings produced by legal aid commissions throughout Australia.


The kit (including DVD and its support materials) are available free from the Legal Services Commission.

An evaluation of this resource is currently available.

Who should use this kit?

This kit is ideal for use by teachers, educators and community workers who work with migrants and refugees. While designed for use in English classes, it can easily be used in other community education settings.

The Legal Services Commission is running train the trainer seminars for teachers and community workers about using the kit. Contact the Community Legal Education Unit to arrange a What's the law? training workshop.

What does the education kit include?

The kit includes a DVD of 10 simple English photo-stories about common legal problems that people newly arrived to Australia may encounter. It also includes:

  • activity sheets to build students’ comprehension and reinforce key messages of each scenario
  • answer sheets, including notes for teachers about how to use this kit.

The total DVD running time is 31 minutes.

How will it help new arrivals?

The scenarios on the DVD, based on real life experiences, will engage viewers using simple messages and interesting graphics. Watching the stories will help new arrivals:

  • get simple information about common legal issues
  • recognise and avoid legal problems
  • know where to get free legal help if they need it
  • build their English language skills.

Access the kit online

To access the individual videos click the titles below:

Further resources

To book a train-the-trainer session with the Community Legal Education Unit, please Request an Information Session.

You can also watch the DVD episodes online and download the activity and answer sheets for each episode linked above.