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What's the law?

What's the law?

What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals is a free education kit about common problems that people who have just arrived in Australia may encounter.
The kit explores the real stories of migrants and refugees, from buying a car, to learning about road rules and renting a house. Viewers can learn about the law through stories about police, family issues and dealing with Centrelink.
You can access the contents of the kit online at the links below or contact Legal Aid WA to be sent a copy of the kit.
 The kit covers the following topics:
    1. Driving
    2. Car accident
    3. Buying a car 
    4. Police
    5. Renting
    6. Centrelink
    7. Child protection and parenting
    8. Family law 
    9. Family violence 
    10. Consumer issues - pay day loans
    11. Fines
    12. Employment
    13. Discrimination​​​

Click on the link above to the topic you are interested in or click on the topic in the left had side menu to access a short video, an activity and answer sheet and speaker's notes on each topic.

Who should use this kit?

The kit can be used by teachers, educators and community workers who work with migrants and refugees. It is designed to be used in English classes, but can easily be used in other community education settings.

What does the kit contain?

The kit includes a DVD of 10 simple English stories about common legal problems that people newly arrived in Australia may encounter. It also includes:
  • activity sheets to build students' comprehension and reinforce key messages
  • answer sheets, and 
  • notes about how to use the kit.

How will it help new arrivals?

The stories, 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.

More information

For more information or to order copies of the What's the law kit aimed at adult ESL learners please contact Legal Aid WA at  
Last reviewed: 28/04/2017
Last modified: 21/07/2017 3:17 PM


The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.