Avoid a Funeral R.I.P. Off

Avoid a Funeral R.I.P Off – Information for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Consumers

A new national campaign “Avoid a funeral rip-off” has been released by Australian consumer protection agencies this week. The campaign aims to inform Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander consumers about the different funeral products that are available and to help prevent them signing up for funeral plans that are expensive, complex and not suitable for their needs.

Funerals can be costly and there are many options available to cover the cost of your funeral so don’t rush into a decision. Take the time to research and seek advice to help ensure you find a product that is suitable for you needs.

Below are links to resources that can help you become more aware of the pitfalls and options available.

Avoid of Funeral R.I.P Off – Campaign Video

Information on Paying For Funerals – ASIC Smart Money Resources
https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/indigenous/paying-for-funerals

Choosing funeral cover – Queensland Government Information
http://www.qld.gov.au/law/your-rights/consumer-rights-complaints-and-scams/consumer-advice-rights-and-responsibilties/advice-for-indigenous-consumers/choosing-funeral-cover/

 

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MEDIA RELEASE: Putting ‘Smarts’ back into the Queensland Justice System

ATSILS welcomes the confirmation of $32.3 million in funding for the reinstatement of the Murri court, Special Circumstances court and Drug court and the $11.8 million allocated to Prisoner Reintegration Programs.

Shane Duffy, Chief Executive Officer of ATSILS said, “In the current climate where the state’s justice system is grappling with a record prison population, the decision to reinstate effective alternatives to incarceration is a win for common sense and the most vulnerable members in the community.”

“Diversionary courts like the Murri, Special Circumstances and the Drug courts are key examples of smarter approaches to justice that focus on rehabilitating offenders, reducing the rate of crime and creating considerable long-term cost savings for the community. “

Read Full Media Release:
https://www.atsils.org.au/…/mediarelease_ATSILS_StateBudget_…

ATSILS Media Releases Page:
https://www.atsils.org.au/news/media-release/

QLD STATE BUDGET: Youth Justice Conferencing Reinstated

More positive news for Queensland’s justice system with confirmation in the State budget that Youth Justice Conferencing will be reinstated.

If your child breaks the law and admits to the crime, police have the option to refer your child to a youth justive conference instead of sending them to court.

A youth justice conference is a meeting between a young offender who has committed a crime and the people affected by that crime. The process looks to ensure the offender acknowledges the impacts and consequences of crime for victims and the community. A conference provides an opportunity for everybody involved to be heard and allows all involved to be a part of the decision-making about how your child should make up for their crime.

The focus of youth justice conferencing is on repairing the harm caused by your child’s offending behaviour.

More information on Youth Justice Conferencing: http://bit.ly/1LhytSD

QLD STATE BUDGET: Murri Court & other diversionary programs reinstated

It is great to see the State Government honour its election commitment to reinstate courts such as the Murri Court and Special circumstances Court diversion programs.

The reinstatement of these successful diversionary programs is a feature of the Government’s boost to spending on the justice system in the 2015-16 State Budget.

Diversionary courts like the Murri, Special Circumstances and the Drug courts are key examples of smarter approaches to justice that focus on rehabilitating offenders, reducing the rate of crime and creating considerable long-term cost savings for the community.

In a climate where the state’s justice system is grappling with a record prison population, the decision to reinstate effective alternatives to incarceration is a win for common sense and the most vulnerable members in the community.

Read the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath’s media statement here:

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2015/7/14/court-programs-to-address-crime-reinstated

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JOB VACANCIES: 2 great positions drew strong responses

1.  BRISBANE: Director: Sector Engagement and Communications – Statewide – full time, vacancy #0230815 – closed Friday 24th July 2015

2.  BRISBANE  – Information and Communications Systems Administrator – Statewide –  full time, prompt start – vacancy #0390815 – closed Monday 27th July 2015, at 1pm.

https://www.atsils.org.au/job-vacancies/

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NAIDOC Week History

Happy NAIDOC 2015: We all Stand on Sacred Ground – Learn, Respect & Celebrate

Happy ‪#‎NAIDOCWeek2015‬ everyone, we hope you have been enjoying the week so far across the many First Nations in the Country. It’s an important time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and our staff are out and about this week participating in many amazing activities and showing support for their local communities.

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In Brisbane & Cairns we are gearing up for a great day of celebrations this Friday. Our show bags are packed full of goodies and great information so come by, say hi and grab one 

In Brisbane we will have a stall at the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.

In Cairns the team will be taking part in the NAIDOC March – Be Loud, Be Proud, and will also have a stall with giveaways.

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NAIDOC Week – A brief History


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Further Information

NAIDOC Website
http://www.naidoc.org.au/

NAIDOC History
http://www.naidoc.org.au/about/naidoc-history

NAIDOC Events Calendar
http://www.naidoc.org.au/events-calendar

The Office of the Health Ombudsman – help with healthcare complaints.

Do you have a complaint about a health service provided to you, a family member, or someone in your care? Today our CEO Shane Duffy and Principal Legal Officer Greg Shadbolt met with representatives from The Office of the Health Ombudsman.

The Office of the Health Ombudsman is Queensland’s health service complaints agency. They are an independent statutory body and the one place all Queenslanders should go if they have a complaint about a health service provider or a health service provided to them, a family member or someone in their care.

For more information visit:
http://www.oho.qld.gov.au

 

Fact Sheets

How to make a health service complaint or lodge a notification against a health service provider.
http://www.oho.qld.gov.au/resources/fact-sheets/