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Reports and resources

Here you will find a list of reports and resources produced by the Federation, often in collaboration with others.

The resources here are filed under 'categories'. Browse them by selecting a category from the list below.

Access to justice and funding


Putting the Law to Work: Meeting the demand for employment law assistance in Victoria

Employment law is a complex area of law that impacts directly on the 2.9 million workers currently in Victoria. In 2012, the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales published the Legal Australia-Wide Survey (‘LAW Survey’), a comprehensive study of unmet legal need in Australia. This study identified that 5.9 per cent of respondents in Victoria had employment law problems in a ...

Published
02-10-2014
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Improving Access to Justice for Victims of Crime

Improving access to justice for victims of crime contains a proposal for establishing specialist programs in CLCs to better assist victims of crime.

Published
12-10-2007
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Alternative dispute resolution

Activist ADR: community lawyers and the new civil justice

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is now the centerpiece of Victorian and national civil justice policy. This report by Lucie O'Brien analyses the use of ADR in community legal centres and makes recommendations as to how it may be used to maximise its benefits while ensuring it does not compromise the rights of disadvantaged people.

Published
14-10-2010
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Anti-terrorism laws


Is Community a Crime? Report

This report summarises the proceedings at a 2008 forum convened by the Federation, Western Suburbs Legal Service and the Australian Tamil Rights Advocacy Council in which Muslim, Kurdish, Tamil and Somali communities affected by anti-terror laws came together to share information and experiences. The report highlights that communities impacted by anti-terror laws often share common experiences ...

Published
01-12-2009
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Attorney-General's community law partnerships


Community Law Partnerships Report

This report outlines future directions for this scheme, under which private law firms provide a range of support to CLCs to promote access to justice in Victoria.

Published
16-03-2007
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CLC capacity building


Capacity Building Final Report

The Capacity Building Final Report examines the key needs around CLC capacity and ways of building capacity. The action plan contained in the report has formed the basis for the Federation’s sector development work in 2007 and 2008.

Published
16-03-2007
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CLC service delivery

Putting the Law to Work: Meeting the demand for employment law assistance in Victoria

Employment law is a complex area of law that impacts directly on the 2.9 million workers currently in Victoria. In 2012, the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales published the Legal Australia-Wide Survey (‘LAW Survey’), a comprehensive study of unmet legal need in Australia. This study identified that 5.9 per cent of respondents in Victoria had employment law problems in a ...

Published
02-10-2014
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National Census of Community Legal Centres Victorian Report 2013

The results of the Victorian survey showed that Victorian CLCs are more likely to have a pro bono relationship than other CLCs, more likely to more likely to have a formal relationship with a university to deliver clinical legal education to students, and are more likely to have conducted a skills audit of their Board. However, Victorian CLCs are less likely to have an Aboriginal/Torres Strait ...

Published
03-09-2014

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Solving problems – a strategic approach: Examples, processes & strategies

This report is a joint project of the Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action) and the Footscray Community Legal Centre (FCLC) and Dr Liz Curran of the Australian National University. The report examines an approach to solving legal problems which is strategic in the hope that this will promote further dialogue and discussion around ways of solving clients’ legal problems which can ...

Published
27-03-2013
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Community Legal Education Made Easy (2nd Edition)

The Community Legal Education Made Easy Kit is a series of information sheets which are essential induction and practice tools to help CLCs conduct effective community legal education (CLE) work. Aimed at both lawyers and non-lawyers who conduct CLE work in CLCs, the information sheets are a “quick guide” to CLE theory, practice and resources. While directed primarily to people new ...

Published
16-03-2012
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Complying with the Charter of Human Rights- a CLC guide

The practical guide is to help managers and coordinators of CLC comply with the rights and obligations contained in the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (the Charter). CLCs will be able to use the information and checklists in the guide to review existing policies and procedures to ensure human rights are considered in all aspects of CLC operation and service delivery...

Published
01-10-2008
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Coronial

Saving Lives by Joining Up Justice

The Federation's report, 'Saving Lives by Joining Up Justice' released in March 2013 urges comprehensive national reform of Australia’s flawed coronial system. It makes 11 recommendations to ensure coronial recommendations result in meaningful, effective action to better prevent future avoidable deaths, and ensure families are properly supported to participate in investiga...

Published
07-06-2013
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Council debt collection

Council debt collection: Alternatives to suing ratepayers in hardship

Our work on this issue culminated in the release in December 2012 of our report "Council debt collection: Alternatives to suing ratepayers in hardship". The report analyses court data showing significant increases in the frequency at which Victorian local councils are suing rate payers for unpaid rates, despite protections guaranteeing rates revenue, the existence of effective alternative payme...

Published
02-12-2012
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Police accountability

Tracking Protective Services Officers: Insights from the first 3 years

This report documents cases of Protective Services Officers exceeding their powers by demanding personal information from commuters without legal justification and where no offence has been committed, forcibly searching commuters who do not comply, and using excessive force in a range of circumstances, including against vulnerable people. Recommendations include the removal of firearms from...

Published
09-06-2015
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CLC Report: An independent system to investigate police related deaths

The Federation together with the Human Rights Law Centre, Darebin Community Legal Centre and Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre conducted analysis which highlights that establishing an independent investigation system in Victoria is achievable and would be transparent, fair and in the best interests of the public and police.

Published
30-06-2011
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Taser Trap Report

The Federation’s report Taser Trap – Is Victoria Falling For it? brings together internal Victoria Police documents obtained by the Federation through freedom of information legislation, as well as publicly available information and the experience of CLC's to warn the Victorian public that death and serious injury in connection with Taser use in Victoria is a real possibility. ...

Published
11-10-2010
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Alternatives to Lethal Force: Tasers are not the answer

There are substantial dangers that Tasers can kill or harm when used on vulnerable
groups or in particular ways. These are the same vulnerable groups that are
overrepresented in statistics about police use of lethal force in Victoria.

Published
16-09-2009
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Sexual Assault

Making Rights Reality: Access to justice for sexual assault survivors with a cognitive impairment

This report discusses the extremely low rates of reporting, investigation and prosecution for sexual assault crimes against people with cognitive or communication disabilities. The report recommends establishing an advocacy support service for victims of these crimes and outlines a model for the service.

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Taxi driver legal issues

In the Driver's Seat: Achieving Justice for Taxi Drivers in Victoria

This report documents the work of the Taxi Driver Legal Clinic, a joint project conducted by the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria) and Footscray Community Legal Centre in 2011.

Published
16-07-2013

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