AGM and annual report show another strong year for CLCs in Victoria
The Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic.) will today hold its Annual General Meeting and present to members an annual report documenting another strong year as the peak body for community legal centres in Victoria.
The AGM will hear speakers on the topic of CLCs and Access to Justice: Achievements, Challenges & Directions, including the Law Council of Australia's David Neal SC, Nicola Rivers, Law Reform Director with the Environment Defenders Office Victoria, and Brimbank Melton CLC's Managing Lawyer, Stephanie Tonkin.
The 2012–13 Annual Report marks a year of transition and achievement for the Federation, with new Executive Officer Liana Buchanan commencing in April this year.
"2012–13 saw some acknowledgment of the critical work done by CLCs and the massive unmet legal need in the communities with which we work," Ms Buchanan noted in her joint report with Federation Committee of Management Chairperson, Nick Hudson.
The report details achievement on multiple fronts, including family violence prevention, coronial reform, the prevention of sexual assault, helping vulnerable debtors with unpaid rates and taxi industry reform. Strong progress was also made in work on criminal justice and Protective Services Officer projects including Smart Justice, Smart Justice For Young People and Your Rights On Track.
The Federation complemented this with work towards a strong, effective and sustainable CLC sector, and through the activities of working groups across key areas of law.
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