Professional Development

Community Advocacy Training – 2 day workshop

Toongabbie Legal Centre (TLC) in collaboration with LEAD is facilitating a tailored Community Advocacy Training.

This 2-day workshop is for dedicated Community Sector practitioners and volunteers serving the vibrant communities of Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, and the Hills Shire local government areas.

Participants attending this 2-day training will gain:

  • a background on the history of law-making and
  • the ways to contribute to law reform based on society’s needs;
  • an understanding of societal governance at three levels of governments and associated bureaucratic instrumentalities;
  • skills needed to effect change through advocacy;
  • an appreciation for negotiations, mediation and conciliation;
  • an understanding of legal institutions and court processes.


This training will assist in enabling staff members of community organisations to better support those who are not able to adequately convey
their concerns and problems under which they are labouring to various authorities, government agencies, tribunals and courts.
Clients can face many difficulties approaching court or government authorities on their own, including language barriers, disabilities, fears, anxieties and a lack of understanding of procedures. Understanding the basics will assist in advancing existing experience. There are many systems in place to manage our society. It is difficult for most to understand this. It is even harder for those who are new to the country, with additional barriers such as language and isolation, to find solutions to their problems. This programme is expected to contribute towards
empowering community development workers to better advocate on behalf of their constituents and clients.


The focus of the training is on those working in community development organisations within four local government areas (LGAs): Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, and the Hills Shire Council. Participants should have empathy, listening skills, verbal skills, and leadership. Fluency in a language other than English would be a great advantage.


We hope to develop a network of these community advocates and provide them with ongoing support and additional periodic training. Such strategies will help them to improve their skills and legal knowledge for the roles they undertake in this field. It is expected that TLC will be able to raise resources to support continuing education and provide support to the network.


It is expected that all those who register will complete the training workshop and will use their skills to advance the cause of those who need their help.


Day 1

Date: Saturday 24 Februray 2024, Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Venue: Australian Catholic University – 22 Main Street, Blacktown

Topics to be covered:

  • History of law. Where it comes from
  • How does the legal system work in NSW
  • Case Study: The ingredients of Community Advocacy.
  • Supporting the legal system, JP Framework & history
  • Unleashing your advocacy skills through public speaking
  • Written Advocacy

Day 2

Date: Saturday 2 March 2024, Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Venue: Local Court of NSW Downing Centre Local Court – Level 5, 143-147 Liverpool Street Sydney


Please register…and provide a summary of no more than 300 words of your experience and how this workshop will assist your work.
Registration is free.


Subsidised cost of the workshop is $50 +GST. A copy of the very useful The Law Handbook: your practical guide to the law in NSW published
by Thomson Reuters Legal Publishing Company can be purchased for an additional $60.


A certificate will be issued by TLC to participants on successful completion of the workshop.


Toongabbie Legal Centre, Ph 1300 373 353 or email

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LEAD Professional Development Association, Ph 02 9620 6172 or email

Click here to download the flyer

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Face-2-Face Workshop


Saturday 24 February 2024 - Saturday 02 March 2024


9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

More Info



Face-2-Face Workshop


Day 1 - Australian Catholic University Day 2 - Local Court of NSW Downing Centre Local Court


  • Member: $50.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $50.00 + GST

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