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Cite as: March 2011 85(3) LIJ, p.66

This month’s reviews cover the new Family Court site, setting up a law firm blog, family-friendly workplaces, the National Broadband Network and developing online business.

Family Court of Australia

The Family Court has released a new-look website following months of testing with various user groups including clients, journalists and lawyers. The result is a very clean homepage that makes a clear distinction between the Court’s forms, fees and brochures (housed on the Family Law Courts page) and court lists and judgments. A new feature, eServices, provides a direct link to eFiling and the Commonwealth Courts Portal. Links to media releases and a list of registry locations are also available from the homepage. Legislation, rates of interest and practice directions are also easy to locate. The designers have done well in developing a user-friendly site, with popular resources just one click away.

Real lawyers have blogs

You’ve been assigned the task of setting your firm or organisation up with a blog. But where to start? With post topics such as “10 reasons why a law blog does not belong inside your law firm website”, “Marketing a blog” and “Five blogging rules to make a great first impression”, Real lawyers have blogs is a resource bursting with tips and tricks. This blog contains so many helpful topics it’s hard to know where to start. An explanation of RSS feeds in plain English, tips on using images in blog posts, advice on law firm Twitter accounts (disclose who does your tweets) and how to get high search engine rankings for your blog are just a few of the resources available to up-and-coming legal bloggers (blawgers).

Ways to Work

Looking to create a family-friendly workplace? Advice on how best to accommodate employees returning to the workforce after taking time off for family responsibilities is available from this Victorian government website. With sample clauses for work/life balance policies and a list of easy ways to make your workplace more family friendly, this site will be of interest to human resources staff and managers looking to reduce staff turnover and employee absenteeism. The site also contains information on the Fair and Flexible Employer Awards and a grants program that assists small businesses in providing a more family-friendly workplace. An equal amount of space on the website is allocated to employees looking for work or trying to negotiate for a more flexible workplace.

NBN Co. Ltd

Those of you confused about, or wanting more information on, the National Broadband Network (NBN) may find this website useful. It contains a lengthy FAQ section which, though by no means objective, does provide answers to questions relating to technology, funding, launch dates and so on. You can view coverage maps for different Australian states, in addition to high resolution maps of the first release areas, which includes Brunswick in Victoria. There is also an option for unit owners to complete a multiple dwelling unit expression of interest in order to make their building NBN-ready. This website is a good starting point for those who encounter references to the NBN in the media, but lack knowledge on the subject.

Digital Business

The Australian government recently launched this site to assist businesses and community groups with e-commerce. The site provides information for people who are very much beginners in the process, with simple tips on how to set up a website. It then moves on to more advanced topics such as securing a domain name, online shopping carts, banner ads and email marketing. Case studies are provided and interactive discussion is promoted via the site’s Twitter account. Advice on how best to protect your data from hacking, viruses and spam is also available. A helpful techie glossary is provided, a boon for those who only associate the word “breadcrumb” with nanna’s recipe for rissoles. A comprehensive list of links to websites and forums rounds out the suite of information available on this website.

Winning Business Online

Winning Business Online is a federal government-funded initiative which provides free training on using the internet to gain business. Videos starring Channel Seven’s David Koch detail what e-business is, brand building and growing your business in an online environment. Techie/young folk phrases such as “viral marketing” are explained and a guide is provided to free online resources and research tools. The video element of the website will appeal to many, although those who are not great fans of “Kochie” may become a little fatigued by his constant starring role (the website is part produced by Kochie’s Business Builders). Case studies on businesses which have succeeded in the e-business community will be of interest to those looking for real-life examples.

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We welcome suggestions for websites to include in this column. Neither the LIV nor the LIJ in any way endorses or takes any responsibility whatsoever for any material contained on external websites referred to by the LIJ.


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