Our Client Charter is our service promise. It sets out what clients can expect from us, and what we require from our clients.
MRCLC is a free and independent legal service primarily for people who live in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac Regional Council areas or satisfy other eligibility criteria.
MRCLC is committed to providing a quality service to all clients and will adhere to the following standards. We will:
- explain our services and how you can use them.
- be courteous and approachable.
- actively listen to you, treat you as an individual and try to meet any special needs by:
- using an interpreter when appropriate – this can be arranged at no cost to you.
- ensuring our service delivery is sensitive and culturally appropriate to people from non-English speaking and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
- enquiring about domestic and family violence where applicable and ensuring your safety is a priority.
- use language you understand.
- ensure your confidentiality.
- provide accurate and appropriate information and advice.
- discuss your legal problem and help you understand available options.
EXPECTATION OF CLIENTS
- Let us know if you have any particular needs.
- Give us complete, honest and accurate information.
- Bring relevant documents and written information with you.
- Let us know if you need to cancel an appointment.
- Let us know if you change your address or phone number.
- Treat staff and volunteers with courtesy, respect and consideration. If you do not do so, we may provide a warning and/or end the appointment or discussion we are having with you.
WHAT A LAWYER CAN DO FOR YOU
- Inform you what the law says in a way that you understand.
- Give you choices about what you can do.
- Inform you about other services that may be able to assist you.
- Keep you up to date with what is happening with your matter.
WHAT A LAWYER CAN’T DO FOR YOU
- Spend all their time on your matter.
- Do everything right away.
- Always say for sure what will happen.
- Always be available for your phone calls.
- Offer financial or taxation advice.
ACCESS AND EQUITY STATEMENT
MRCLC is committed to maximising access to the organisation’s services for everyone within the agreed target client group and to ensuring equity of access across eligible service users. MRCLC will work within its available resources while endeavouring to optimise access for people to its services and activities. MRCLC aims to create a positive and non-prejudicial environment and atmosphere in all our contacts and activities. We recognise that an access and equity strategy is an ongoing commitment that requires continual evaluation and review.
PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT
When you attend MRCLC, our staff will begin by asking you for information about yourself and your matter. It is necessary to collect this information for our own records, and because our funders require some of the information. No identifying information is ever provided to the funders. All information collected is strictly confidential.
CLIENT FEEDBACK & COMPLAINTS PROCESS
Feedback may be provided by individual clients and stakeholders on their own initiative or in response to requests from the MRCLC. Individual clients and stakeholders may provide feedback by taking part in MRCLC’s Client Satisfaction Survey, completing a Client Evaluation Form (can be provided upon request and is also available on our website) or by making a complaint to the Centre.
MRCLC is committed to ensuring that any person or organisation using MRCLC’s services or affected by its operations directly has the right to lodge a complaint, appeal a decision of the organisation and to have their concerns addressed in ways that ensure access and equity, fairness, accountability and transparency. A person wishing to make a complaint should do so in the following order:
- To the staff member or migration agent concerned.
- To the Manager and Principal Solicitor.
- A written complaint to the President of the Management Committee if not satisfied with the outcome from the Manager and Principal Solicitor.
- If not satisfied with the outcome from all of the above, then you may wish to make an application to:
- For legal matters – the Legal Services Commission on 1300 655 754 or call 131 450 if you require an interpreter. Further information can be found on their website: lsc.qld.gov.au.
- For migration agents – The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority on 1300 226 272. You can also visit their website at mara.gov.au.
Written complaints may be posted, hand delivered or emailed to the Centre. Complaints to the management committee must be in writing unless the complainant is unable to read or write, then a verbal complaint may be accepted. Further information about making a complaint or appealing a decision can be provided upon request.
A hardcopy of this Client Charter can be provided to you upon request. It is also available on our website and can be downloaded.