Involuntary admissions

Most people are probably aware that it is possible to be admitted, against your wishes, to a mental health facility.  What people probably haven't thought about is what they should do if it happens to them, or somebody they love. In Australia we still have a common...

NCAT – what is it?

The New South Wales government created a tribunal called the Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) a few years ago with the aim of bringing many o the separate bodies like The Guardianship Tribunal under the one roof as it were. NCAT now deals with disputes that...

Centrelink and the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Are you having a problem with Centrelink? Are you one of the 170,000 Australians who has received a debt recovery letter from Centrelink?  Do you think it is a debt that you don't owe?  While this is very stressful, the answer is not to ignore the letter and assume it...

Refugees and inalienable rights

Have you ever noticed that refugee cases are usually heard in the High Court of Australia? Have you ever wondered why that is? Under the Constitution the Commonwealth Parliament has the right to make laws in relation to immigration and emigration – that is...