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Community Law Australia campaign launching soon

Community Law Australia, a national access to justice campaign highlighting the quality, affordable legal help CLCs provide to their local communities will launch later this month outside the High Court of Australia in Canberra. Federation executive officer Hugh de Kretser is national spokesperson for the campaign, an initiative of the NACLC, and State and Territory CLC peaks.

The launch date, campaign website, including Twitter and Facebook pages, will be announced shortly at http://twitter.com/CommunitylawVic (@CommunitylawVic).

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Taxi Industry Inquiry

In late 2010, the Legal Services Board awarded a project grant of $50,000 to the Federation and Footscray Community Legal Centre, to establish a Taxi Driver Legal Clinic. By establishing the clinic, we hoped to develop a better understanding of the taxi industry and identify the causes of taxi drivers’ legal problems. The project ran for 12 months from December 2010 to December 2011, and during that time we assisted 169 clients. These clients were all male, 96 per cent were born outside Australia and only 19 per cent spoke English at home.

As a result of our work at the clinic, we believe that the Victorian taxi industry needs urgent, radical reform. In the first place, the Victorian Government needs to address drivers’ anomalous legal status as ‘bailees’. At the moment, non-owner drivers are deemed to be ‘bailees,’ rather than agents or employees. This means they get no minimum wages, sick leave, annual leave, or superannuation. It also exposes them to personal liability for car accidents, which can mean debts of $20,000 and sometimes more. We believe the Victorian Government must take decisive action to improve taxi drivers’ pay and working conditions. It should also follow the lead of New South Wales by making comprehensive insurance compulsory, to protect drivers from ruinous accident-related debts.

The current Taxi Industry Inquiry could be a step in this direction. After the 2010 State election, the incoming Baillieu Government initiated a broad-ranging inquiry into the Victorian taxi industry, headed by Professor Allan Fels AO. Professor Fels has recently released a set of draft recommendations. They include compulsory comprehensive insurance for taxis and a new Driver Agreement to replace the current unfair Bailment Agreement. These proposals reflect our submission to the Inquiry and are largely consistent with the recommendations of our report, In the driver's seat. During this consultation period it is vital that we strongly support these recommendations and continue to push for a fairer deal for low income migrant taxi drivers.

Since February 2012, the Clinic has continued to operate fortnightly under the auspices of Footscray CLC's regular night service. The Federation and Footscray Community Legal Centre will soon release a report on the findings of the Taxi Driver Legal Clinic, In the driver’s seat: achieving justice for taxi drivers in Victoria.

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Creating the sector’s ‘adaptive leaders’

Adaptive Leadership Program participants receive their certificates from Federation Executive Officer, Hugh de Kretser.
Adaptive Leadership Program participants receive their certificates from
Federation Executive Officer, Hugh de Kretser.

A key part of the Federation’s work involves supporting community legal centres to be strong, innovative and effective in achieving our goals of improving access to justice in Victoria. As part of this work, for the first time this year the Federation offered the “CLC Adaptive Leadership Program”. We acknowledge the support of Jil Toovey and Innovative Knowledge Development in the development and implementation of the program.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the leadership capability of CLCs so that we evolve and thrive in a challenging environment. The program involved a five-day course as well as a project component involving small groups of participants working together during the program and in their own time. The project teams were able to draw on the expertise of a panel of mentors who generously agreed to assist the program.

The project teams’ key learnings were presented at an event on Tuesday 19 June at the Telstra Theatrette, attended by more than 60 people, including representatives from Victoria Legal Aid, Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, Victoria Law Foundation, Legal Services Board, Department of Justice, pro bono and philanthropic supporters. The event showcased new thinking and ideas in the CLC sector.

An evaluation of the inaugural CLC Adaptive Leadership Program included the following comments from participants:

I’ve gained a much better understanding of my personal strengths and weaknesses in a leadership role and confidence to continue to work in the sector and achieve change. I loved spending this time with peers, forming lasting relationships and having the opportunity to openly discuss problems. Possibly this changed my life!

Better self-awareness, so capacity to develop in the areas I lack skills in. Developed and strengthened relationships with peers which makes change possible and innovative. Thank you. Truly transformative.

The Federation has offered a second Adaptive Leadership Program for 2012, to be held September–October. The twenty places have already been filled. It is planned to continue to offer the program in 2013. For further information or to express interest in participating, contact Claudia Fatone (claudia.fatone@fclc.org.au).

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CLC Law Grad Scheme 2013 applications now open

Applications for the 2013 round of the CLC Law Graduate Scheme close on 20 July 2012. This scheme, funded by the Legal Services Board, offers two final year law students the chance to start their career in a CLC. The scheme pays for graduates’ practical legal training and admission costs, and then offers them 12 months employment rotating through three CLCs – a generalist, a specialist and a rural CLC (with housing assistance). Towards the end of the 12 months, the Federation works with the graduates to locate ongoing CLC employment.

Our first two graduates have now completed the scheme and are both working in CLCs. Our current graduates will commence their CLC placements in August. The scheme works closely with the Victoria Legal Aid New Lawyers program, and one of the VLA New Lawyers will undertake a six-month placement at Flemington Kensington CLC. For more information see http://www.fclc.org.au/cb_pages/jobs_and_getting_involved.php#law

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CLC Fellowship – Stories for Change

Victoria Law Foundation's 2012–13 Community Legal Centre (CLC) Fellowship has been awarded to Rachel Ball, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Rachel's project, Stories for Change, will look at the role of case studies in advocacy and law reform, and develop a framework to see how CLCs can collect and use case studies in a way that is ethical, effective and empowering for clients.

As part of her project, Rachel will visit international organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Witness and the British Institute of Human Rights, which have experience using case studies in advocacy and law reform.

‘Story-telling is an effective way to explain a problem or engage an audience,’ said Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director, Joh Kirby.

‘Rachel has proven experience in this area, and the outcomes of this research will allow the community legal sector to raise awareness of legal issues in an engaging way, while giving a voice to the clients they serve,’ Ms Kirby said.

This project will assist CLCs by providing an accessible framework to facilitate more structured and sophisticated collection and use of case studies.

Through her research, Rachel proposes to recommend methods for the efficient collection of case studies, examine ethical issues including informed consent, suggest strategies for the publication of case studies, and discuss ways to ensure that the collection and use of case studies promotes community development and empowers individuals who contribute stories.

By examining the potential risks and benefits of advocacy through story-telling and addressing relevant obstacles, the project will enable the ethical and empowering use of case studies by CLCs. This, in turn, will assist CLCs to more effectively fulfil their advocacy and law reform mandates.

Rachel hopes to share her findings at the National Association of Community Legal Centre's annual conference (see story below).

2012 Fellowship report launched

Melbourne Law School Senior Lecturer Paula O'Brien with Michael McIterick, CLC Feloow and author of The Volunteer Cycle
Melbourne Law School Senior Lecturer Paula O'Brien with Michael McIterick, 2011–2012 CLC Fellow
and author of The Volunteer Cycle.

On 17 May, the report of the 2011–2012 CLC Fellow, Michael McIterick, was launched at the University of Melbourne as part of Law Week 2012. The volunteer cycle: A report on the role and management of volunteers within community legal centres is available from www.victorialawfoundation.org.au

Victoria Law Foundation’s Community Legal Centre Fellowship is an opportunity for CLC workers to take time out from their case work and advocacy to look in-depth at a legal issue that affects clients and the broader Victorian community. For more information, visit www.victorialawfoundation.org.au or contact Grants and Awards Manager Erin Dolan on 03 9604 8100.

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Susan Campbell celebrated at memorial dinner

Hundreds gather at St Kilda Town Hall to remember Susan Campbell.
Hundreds gather at St Kilda Town Hall to remember Susan Campbell.

Susan Campbell AM died in March 2011 aged 67. Fifteen months later, on the evening of 20 June 2012, over 300 people filled the St Kilda Town Hall to remember Sue’s pioneering contribution to community legal centres and legal education in Australia. Tributes were made by the Monash Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AM, Chief Justice Marilyn Warren AC QC, and Sue’s very close friend, Justice Marcia Neave AO.

Sue was a driving force behind the creation and development of the Monash Law School Clinical Legal Education Program known as Professional Practice. Australia’s first such program (established 1975), it enables law students to gain course credit whilst working under professional supervision in community legal centres. The Springvale and Monash Oakleigh CLCs are key placements and Sue was a pioneer in their development. Along the way she inspired thousands of first-year law students to make a contribution to the community and was a founding editor of the Lawyers Practice Manual and a founding trustee of the Tim McCoy Trust.

In Sue’s memory, the Monash Law School has established the ‘Susan Campbell AM Clinical Legal Education Visiting Fellowship and Future Fund’, launched by Chief Justice Warren at the Memorial Dinner. A fundraising auction of iconic legal items followed. The centrepiece was the ‘purchase’ for lodgement at the Monash Indigenous Centre of the ‘Mabo Sardine Catcher’ made available by Mabo counsel Bryan Keon–Cohen AM QC. Bendigo solicitors Arnold Dallas McPherson were the winning bidders.

Partner Ian Dallas was a student at Springvale 25 years ago and his partner John McPherson began his career at the Mental Health Legal Service, and is currently chair of the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre. From the 14,000 Monash Law graduates since 1964 and 4000 Clinical alumni, it is hoped to encourage 500 alumni to pledge $1000 over two years to seed the fund. Already over $100,000 has been pledged.

Inquiries and Donations to the Susan Campbell Fund can be made through preema.wong@monash.edu

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Justice profile interview – Claudia Fatone

Claudia Fatone is the Sector Development Officer at the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Her work involves building a stronger and more effective CLC sector. She volunteers with the YWCA’s Asista mentoring program and in 2011 became the first woman to be elected to the Cricket Victoria Board. Prior to working at the Federation, she worked in human resources, recruitment and sport management.

How did you get involved with CLCs?

I saw an ad for the Federation. The role involved sector development, capacity-building, training, professional development and working with Government, which all fit with my previous experience. And, importantly, I thought in an important sector doing fantastic work.

Any first impressions of CLCs?

I visited a few early on – Youthlaw, ‘FlemKen’, and Eastern CLC. They were all very different, but they shared a sense of passion, intensity, and of lots going on. It highlighted the complexity of the sector.

Sporting clubs and CLCs – are they similar?

There are quite a few similarities in their shared passion, reliance on volunteers and Government funding. They’re also member organisations.

Which part of your job do you most like and what’s the most challenging?

I like the variety in the role, and the people I work with, and the useful training sessions we’re able to offer. The breadth of the role also challenges me to prioritise, do well and make an impact.

Any books you can recommend that have influenced your work?

Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, was influential, as well as the work of Daniel Pink on what really motivates people. He thinks people are intrinsically motivated, and I think that’s true of people working in CLCs. The challenge is to harness and support that motivation to help CLCs be as effective as they can be.

You recently finished the CLC Adaptive Leadership Program. What did you get out of it?

Following a forum last year a leadership program specifically for CLCs was developed by Jil Toovey of IKD. I was involved in developing the program, and it was interesting to also become involved as a participant as well.

It was fantastic to live the content of the program for five days. It was really good for self-understanding, ways of working, tackling different situations, working out strategies, and for meeting other people in the sector. The sector really attracts talent, and the program is one way to harness and show that talent.

How does the Asista program work? Why do you volunteer with the program?

I’ve been involved for six years in Asista, a volunteer YWCA friendship and mentoring program for young females 12–18 years. The aim of the program is to offer a big sister and friend to young females who are at-risk, to give them the continuity they may not have had, and to help them become more independent. I see it as a way of contributing to the lives of young people.

Nice Taffeta dress. What’s the story there?

The Federation's Claudia Fatone shows true 1980s Prom Queen style.
The Federation's Claudia Fatone shows true 1980s Prom Queen style.

I wore the dress as part of the Fitted for Work ‘Dare to Wear’ Day Fundraising Appeal. Fitted for Work is an organisation that helps women experiencing disadvantage find sustainable employment. The theme was '80s Prom Queen', and it was an interesting experience travelling to work on public transport and delivering a training program for 25 people on the transition to the Modern Award!

Most inspirational person you’ve met or seen speak?

There are inspirational people across all walks of life – it is difficult to name just one. Some of the young females I have met through the Asista program are inspirational, they have overcome many hurdles to achieve things that many of us take for granted – education, secure housing, stable employment.

What’s your experience so far with the National CLC Accreditation Scheme?

The National CLC Accreditation Scheme was launched by the NACLC in October 2010 to provide a sector-led accreditation and certification process that will recognise and support CLCs achieving good practice. It offers CLCs an opportunity to review operations and to create healthier organisations that can better help clients. It’s not linked to funding, so the online self-assessments and site visits offer a supportive process for improvement that has so far been completed by more than half of CLCs in Victoria.

An added benefit is that the nine CLSP service standards are built in, so CLCs who have done the national accreditation can be confident they meet the CLSP service standards.

In your job, you get to see how a whole range of different CLCs work. Any learnings about what makes a great CLC?

A great CLC has people who commit to the organisation, make an impact, and engage others. They also have good structures and systems, are very resourceful, and are often able to be more effective with the same amount of money. Without naming particular CLCs, it’s good to be able to say there’s a broad range with particular strengths that can be shared across the sector.

Twenty20, one-day or Test Cricket?

I do love a good Test match but also happy to say I am a Twenty20 convert. Cricket needs to diversify and engage new audiences and I think the shorter format is the way to achieve this.

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Activist rights website launched

Fitzroy Legal Service launched the updated Activist Rights 2012 website on 1 May 2012 (May Day). The launch, which took place at RMIT, was organised in conjunction with the RMIT Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE).

The evening was lively, enjoyable and engaging for the 100 attendees. Tracey Ollis, Lecturer in Applied Human Rights at RMIT, opened the evening with some thoughts on the importance of human rights and activism and the diverse contexts in which these issues arise.

Anthony Kelly, executive officer of Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre and the original project officer for the Activist Rights website did a walk-through of the website. This was followed by a panel discussion ‘Activism in Australia: Reflections, experiences and challenges’. The panel consisted of Rob Stary, Gary Foley and Tasneem Chopra – a diverse and fascinating group.

After a break for refreshments and entertainment, there was a comic debate ‘Activism doesn’t pay’ with Seb Prowse, Lizzie O’Shea, Fregmonto Stokes, Cam Walker, James Muldoon, Sharon Firebrace as the debators. The debate wound up the body of the evening on a highly amusing note.

Diane Sisely, Director of RMIT CHRE, closed what was agreed to be a very successful evening, by thanking all involved including the Advisory Committee and contributors to Activist Rights 2012.

Fitzroy Legal Service would also like to thank all involved in producing Activist Rights 2012. The website is designed as an online resource for activists, organisers, lawyers and legal support teams in Victoria and Australia. Take a minute to visit www.activistrights.org.au.

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Law Handbook Online celebrates one million visits

Fitzroy Legal Service staff celebrate one million visits to the Law handbook Online
Fitzroy Legal Service staff celebrate one million visits to the Law Handbook Online.

On Friday, 12 February 2012, Fitzroy Legal Service celebrated one million visits to the Law Handbook online website with the launch of a new front window street sign.

The celebration was attended by the President of the ACTU, Ged Kearney, and Mayor of City of Yarra, Geoff Barbour and Councillor Amanda Stone. The Federation was represented by Hugh de Kretser and Claudia Fatone.

In her speech celebrating the event Ms Kearney stated eloquently 'Congratulations to all the staff and volunteers who have helped make the Law Handbook online a success. It is important that people have resources available early to help them deal with legal issues. Small problems can easily become large problems without legal information. The Law Handbook Online helps prevent legal problems escalating. I am proud to help celebrate its achievement to date.'

While the Law Handbook, which has existed as a hard copy publication for some 35 years, has long been relied upon and trusted within the broader legal community, its success as a free online resource, since its launch in June 2009, has delighted everyone involved.

It was a generous grant from the Legal Services Board which enabled the Law Handbook to go free online in June 2009. The Law Handbook online has also been the recent recipient of State Government grant of $110,000 through the Attorney-General to keep the site running until July 2012.

Fitzroy Legal Service is presently negotiating with the State Government and is also undertaking a fundraising campaign via donations, sponsors and supporters to develop a sustainable, ongoing funding regime.

The success of this innovative website has been in part due to an ongoing community education program which has involved giving presentations to metropolitan and regional libraries and councils as well as attending RRR activities and Education conferences. However the Law Handbook is a known and respected product, and the reputation and usage has spread as much by word of mouth and satisfied users returning to the website.

The Law Handbook online means all Victorians have access to plain English legal information to enable them to better deal with the kind of legal issues which can arise on a day-to-day basis. Fitzroy Legal Service would also like to acknowledge and thank the eighty expert contributors who write the Law Handbook and who provide their time for free.

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Media wrap

Here are some highlights of the Federation’s recent media coverage. You can keep up-to-date with Federation and broader media coverage as it happens by following our Twitter accounts:

http://twitter.com/CommunitylawVic (@CommunitylawVic)
http://twitter.com/SmartJusticeAus (@SmartJusticeAus)

The high cost of justice in the Coroners Court, ABC 7.30 Victoria, 29 June 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2012/06/29/3536009.htm

Review recommends taxi shake-up, ABC TV News Victoria, I June 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-31/review-recommends-taxi-shake-up/4045330

Taxi fare hikes for peak times, The Age, 1 June 2012
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/taxi-fare-hikes-for-peak-times-20120531-1zkt3.html?page=2

Time for prison reform across Australian states, Radio National, The World Today, 25 May 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3511023.htm

Are lawyers just out to make a buck, Briefed: The Law Blog, 15 May 2012
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/law/index.php/heraldsun/comments/are_lawyers_just_out_to_make_a_buck/

Taxi clubs proving rank for drivers, says report, The Age, 13 May 2012
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/taxi-clubs-proving-rank-for-drivers-says-report-20120512-1yjs4.html

Vital review at risk, The Age (Letters), 12 May 2012
http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/economic-roots-to-disenfranchisement-20120511-1yi92.html

Minister pledges to continue family violence research, ABC News Online, 11 May 2012
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-11/minister-pledges-to-continue-family-violence-research/4006048

Reactions (Budget response), The Age, 2 May 2012
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/reactions-20120501-1xx7q.html

Smart Justice, Done By Law, 1 May 2012
http://www.donebylaw.org/2012/05/08/smart-justice-1-may-2012/

The Federation also participated in regular slots on 3CR Breakfast through May and June (not podcasted).
If you have a suggested media outlet for the Federation to follow, or a particular topic of broader CLC interest, please email darren.lewin-hill@fclc.org.au with your suggestion.

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Sector development

The Federation works with its members and stakeholders to build a stronger and more effective community legal sector. Resources and information on our sector development work are available at www.communitylaw.org.au. For more information, contact Claudia Fatone at claudia.fatone@fclc.org.au.

NACLC Accreditation Scheme

The NACLC Accreditation Scheme is underway. Twenty-seven CLCs have completed the first step in the accreditation process – the online self-assessment process using the Standards and Performance Pathways resource. The first site visit under the Accreditation scheme has also been undertaken. The Federation will soon be advertising for an Accreditation Coordinator whose role will be to assist CLCs with the accreditation process, conduct site visits, and provide ongoing support to CLCs to meet standards and improve organisational development.

Transition to the Modern Award and Fair Work Australia equal remuneration case

The Federation has been assisting CLCs with the transition from the SACS Victorian Award to the new modern SCHCADS award (Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010). Two workshops have been conducted – one outlining the new Modern Award and employer responsibilities, with a second workshop focusing on the translation to the new classifications of the Modern Award.

The recent Pay Equity Case Fair Work Australia decision will deliver an annual percentage increase to SCHADS pay rates. The Federation continues to advocate to both Federal and State governments the importance of fully funding the outcomes of the Equal Remuneration Order so that CLC services are not compromised.

Professional development

The Federation continues to offer professional development opportunities for CLC staff and volunteers, recent sessions covered working with interpreters, social media, supervising volunteers and financial elder abuse. Video of some past CLC training sessions are now available for viewing on the www.communitylaw.org.au intranet’s ‘Toolkit’ under ‘Training Materials’.

CLCs 40th birthday celebrations

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first CLC in Victoria – Fitzroy Legal Service in 1972. The Federation has been considering ways this significant anniversary may be acknowledged and celebrated, with plans for a Forum later this year along with a ‘Race Around Victoria’ visiting every CLC. To lend your support or find out more information please contact Claudia Fatone (claudia.fatone@fclc.org.au)

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Law reform

Letter to Attorney-General opposing ‘failure to protect’ law

Together with 11 other community organisations, the Federation wrote a letter to the Victorian Attorney-General expressing our strong belief that the report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry presents an opportunity for the Government to reassess its commitment to introducing a ‘failure to protect’ law in Victoria.

Submission on the Action Plan Consultation Framework for Addressing Violence against Women and their Children

The Federation advocates for the centrality of the justice system in the Victorian Government's continuation of the integrated response to family violence, and the need to address a crisis in the capacity of magistrates’ courts to deal with increased numbers of family violence intervention order applications.

Letter to Attorney-General seeking urgent funds for Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths

The Federation has joined with 11 other non-government organisation members of the Victorian Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths Reference Group, expressing our extreme concern that the Review has not been funded since July 2010, and seeking continued support from Government for this important work.
(See also Media wrap)

The Federation advocates for whole of Government Response to Tyler Cassidy Inquest – Letter to Chief Commissioner of Police, Mr Ken Lay

The Federation of Community Legal Centres and other organisations wrote to the Chief Commissioner of Police to advocate for a whole of government response to suggestions arising from the inquest into the police shooting of Tyler Cassidy.

Submission to Legal Services Board on Practising Certificate fees

This submission argues that practicing certificate fees should be waived for community legal centre lawyers, so that the funds spent by CLCs on fees can be redirected to services for disadvantaged Victorians.

Insecure work in the Victorian taxi industry

Taxi driving is difficult, insecure and lowly paid work. We draw on the casework of the Taxi Driver Legal Clinic in this submission to the ACTU’s Inquiry into Insecure Work in Australia.
(See also Taxi Industry Inquiry)

Infringements system review

The Coalition has indicated its intention to review Victoria's infringements system, although details of an inquiry have yet to be released. The infringements working group has a position paper in progress that we will be providing to the Victorian Attorney-General's office for the purpose of informing the review. Jacqui Bell is participating in a working group convened by the City of Melbourne in conjunction with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme regarding ‘special circumstances’, which is attended by Judicial Registrar Angela Soldani, and representatives from the Magistrates’ Court, Department of Justice and a number of enforcement agencies. The special circumstances working group reflects a shared desire across enforcement agencies and community organisations to improve the infringement internal review processes to be more accessible for people experiencing special circumstances. The group intends to provide input to the review of the infringements system.

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Vulnerable debtors and local councils

As reported in our previous community law newsletter, the Federation is looking into the debt collection practices of local councils with respect to local residents with unpaid rates who are experiencing financial hardship. Since our last report, we have:

  • drafted a hardship code of practice and received in principle support from the local council peak bodies (the Municipal Association of Victoria and Victorian Local Governance Association);
  • met with the Deputy Victorian Ombudsman who confirmed that the Ombudsman’s office is keen to be involved in the development and oversight of a code.
  • presented our research findings on local council sue rates to the Local Government CEO’s conference, following on from which the Municipal Association of Victoria will be convening a working group of local government representatives to participate in the development of a code.

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International human rights reporting

The Australian Government is due to provide its next report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHCR) under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by 1 April 2013. Since Australia was last reviewed in 2009, the Committee has developed a new optional process for the review of states. According to the OHCHR website, Australia has opted into this process, the key steps in which are:

  • The UNHRC develops a List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR) on the basis of previous Concluding Observations and information provided by other UN bodies and NGOs. The LOIPR on Australia is scheduled to be adopted by the UNHRC at its 106th session in Geneva in October – November 2012.
  • Australia submits its report in response to the LOIPR by 1 April 2013.
  • Australia is scheduled for review by the HRC, most probably in 2014.

There is an opportunity for NGOs to provide input into the formulation of the LOIPR. A submission on the LOIPR is being coordinated by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) with support from member organisations of the National Human Rights Network. If you would like to contribute, contact Frieda Lee, National Association of Community Legal Centres on 02 9264 9595 or frieda_lee@clc.net.au.

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NACLC update

National CLCs conference

Keynote speakers include: on providing culturally safe services – Antoinette Braybrook, CEO FVPLS Victoria and Paula Bold-Wilson, Manager and community development specialist, Waitakere CLS, Auckland; on 'small places doing big things' – David Manne, Coordinator and Principal Solicitor at Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre; on radical law reform - Professor David Weisbrot AM – former and longest serving President of the Australian Law Reform Commission & currently Professor of Legal Policy at the US Studies Centre at Sydney University; and on lessons from overseas – Julie Bishop, Director, Law Centres Federation, UK and Cameron Madgwick, Chair of Community Law Centres of Aotearoa.

For further information, see the ‘National Conference’ page at www.naclc.org.au

National review

The first Advisory Committee Meeting was held on Monday 4 June, and NACLC had two representatives – Julia Hall and Michael Smith. The Attorney-General’s Department is now producing a newsletter to communicate progress reports including consultation dates. Check it out at Attorney-General’s Department website.

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Newsletter feedback

Feedback and ideas regarding this newsletter are welcome, and should be emailed to darren.lewin-hill@fclc.org.au

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http://www.communitylaw.org.au (Federation website)
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