The Car Crash Self Help Guide

The Car Crash Self Help Guide

The Car crash self help guide contains step by step practical information, including checklists and videos by experienced practitioners. It is designed for situations where there is damage to cars or property as a result of a car accident.

It covers what to do at the scene of an accident, options to cover the costs of having a car repaired, and what to do if someone is requested  to pay for damage caused to cars or property. It explains how to deal with insurers and what to do if a case ends up at court, including if a judgment is entered.

It includes examples of letters that  can be  sent to the other driver, insurers and the FOS, as well as checklists for different stages.

The resource was created as the result of a collaborative project involving staff in LPD and Civil Law.

To access this resource visit the Legal Aid WA website under Resources> Self-help kits and guides>Car crashes:

National Redress Scheme

National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme will provide support to people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution.

The establishment of a National Redress Scheme was recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme is one way Australian governments are working to acknowledge and help people who experienced child sexual abuse.

Subject to the passage of legislation, the Scheme will start on 1 July 2018, and will run for 10 years.

It is designed so that relevant organisations take responsibility to make amends for sexual abuse that happened to children they were looking after.

The Commonwealth Government is creating the Scheme, and it has promised to provide redress to people who were abused in places that were run by the Commonwealth. This includes places such as the Australian Defence Forces and cadet schools and onshore immigration detention.

So that redress can be provided to as many people as possible, other governments and organisations have been invited to join the Scheme, which is called ‘opting in’. The Commonwealth Government is pushing for all state and territory governments, churches, charities and other non-government organisations to join up to ensure that a truly national Scheme is available to as many people as possible. State and territory governments have responded to this invitation, and have also worked closely with the Australian Government on the design of the Scheme.

In addition to the Commonwealth Government, so far the governments of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory have all committed to join the Scheme. Western Australia remains the only state yet to commit to joining the Scheme. The Commonwealth Government is working with the Western Australian Government, and we hope they will join soon.

This means that non-government institutions like churches and charities can provide redress for abuse that occurred in all states other than Western Australia.

We are pleased to announce that six major non-government institutions have committed to join the Scheme. The Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the Salvation Army, YMCA Scouts Australia and the Uniting Church have all announced that they will join the Scheme and provide redress to people sexually abused as children in their care.

When each state government or non-government institution joins up, it promises to pay for redress for people who were abused in its care.

The Redress Scheme can provide three things:

  • access to psychological counselling
  • a direct personal response – such as an apology from the responsible institution for people who want it
  • a monetary payment.

Payments will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, reflecting the severity and impact of the abuse experienced with a maximum of $150,000.

Redress is about acknowledging the harm caused and supporting people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse to move forward positively in the way that is best for them.

The National Redress Scheme is an alternative to getting compensation through the courts – you can do one or the other, but not both.


Find out more about the National Redress Scheme

NRS – Frequently Asked Questions

‘Life Beyond Suicide’ Group

‘Life Beyond Suicide’ Group

Have you been touched by Suicide?


Midwest Yellow Ribbon for Life has a Bereavement
Support Group commencing in Early June 2018

This professionally facilitated group provides a safe
environment which supports positive change through
sharing information.

If you have lost a friend, colleague or loved one to
suicide and would like more information on the
“Life Beyond Suicide” Program please contact:

Robyn Hunt on 0428 381 545

Share The Dignity

Share The Dignity

We thought that we would just share this little story from Share the Dignity who organise the It’s in the Bag campaign for Christmas each year, plus twice a year they organise a collection of sanitary items for women in need.  We have been the recipients of these donations and they do make a difference to our clients.

Just last week we had a client who, through the financial abuse of her ex-husband is being made homeless with her two children, one recently in remission from leukemia and a 13 year old daughter with a serious knee injury.  Her daughter had just let her know her period had started and she didn’t have any way to pay for what she needed.  So imagine how relieved she was to be able to take some sanitary items home for her daughter!

What is so disgusting to me though, is that these essential items are not GST free and the government has no intention of changing this situation.


When I got a phone call from a local Domestic Violence refuge who we help with pads and tampons, they were desperately in need of some maternity pads. This phone call led me to heading to our warehouse and rummaging around for as many packs of maternity pads as i could find. When i arrived at the refuge I was met at the door as my arms were full of maternity pads, after going through i was introduced to a young woman around 24 who was holding the most beautiful 4 week old baby (omg my ovaries ache at the site of a baby) it dawned on me these pads were for this young mum who still had ruminates of a black eye and bruising on her arms like i had never seen. You see her partner had beaten her so badly while she was holding her newborn, even trying to run her down with their family car.
I have no words for the story I heard, but i know listening to this scared young woman talk about how she was too embarrassed to tell the ladies at the refuge that she couldn’t afford pads and was actually using socks and washers to deal with her blood flow.
I wish we could fix everything trust me it breaks my heart to just brings pads and leave but after a good cry I realise that this is now just one thing this mum and the thousands of girls and women we help do not have to worry about, the very basic of necessities like pads and tampons.
I share this story so YOU know that the donations you make have a direct impact on a woman in need.
Our collection wraps up in just 4 days so please as you are walking the sanitary isles please grab a packet of pads or tampons to donate at one of our thousands of collection points. OR YOU CAN DONATE ONLINE JUST A FEW DOLLARS TODAY. Lets ensure together that no woman has to use socks, newspaper or wadded up toilet paper to deal with her period.

#sharethedignity#makingadifference#thehomelessperiod #istandup

A Huge Thanks To Lotterywest

A Huge Thanks To Lotterywest


Mr Laurie Graham, MLC,  presents a cheque from Lotterywest to Regional Alliance West’s Chairperson Sarah James-Wallace, Corporate Manager Leeanne Robertson and Operations Manager Chris Gabelish.

Regional Alliance West thanks Lotterywest for their generous funding of $100,000 for our Emergency Relief Program.

ER times are 9am to 11am Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Ring 99380600 for an appointment as close to 8:30am as possible.  We only have 12 appointments available for each of these days.