Phase Two: Pilot model testing
(October 2017 – July 2018)
In October 2017, we called for applications from groups of specialist and generalist CLCs wishing to apply for funding to test the pilot models outlined in the interim report. We received ten written group applications, with twenty-one different CLCs represented across a selection of all five integrated pilot models (or variants thereof), incorporating nine different generalists, eight specialists and four regional, rural and remote centres.
An independent selection panel, comprised of representatives from Victoria Legal Aid, the National Association of CLCs and the Federation, applying pre-established selection criteria, chose the following groupings of CLCs to test the pilot models described below:
Jobwatch, WEstjustice and Fitzroy Legal Service will engage in training, review and development of documents, secondary consultation and warm referrals, and a structured secondment and shadowing arrangement; all designed to develop an improved understanding of services and capacity building in employment law. (Integrated Pilot Model Five – In Situ Exchanges).
Consumer Action Law Centre, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service and Barwon Community Legal Service will engage in training, review and development of documents, secondary consultation and warm referrals, and a structured secondment and shadowing arrangement, in a regional, rural and remote context, in order to identify and address consumer, credit and insurance legal needs in their respective geographical catchment areas. (Integrated Pilot Model Five – In Situ Exchanges).
Tenants Victoria and Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre will share expertise through training and resources, supported casework, referrals and clinics in order to improve capability and reach for tenancy law. (Integrated Pilot Model Two – Collaborative Casework).
- Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre, Women’s Legal Service and St Kilda Legal Service will work together to create a clear CLC pathway for family violence victims who experience police duty failures. They will achieve this by sharing expertise, supported casework, and collating case studies and other evidence with which they will develop a platform for a future collaborative advocacy campaign (A hybrid of Integrated Pilot Model Two – Collaborative Casework and Integrated Pilot Model Four – Collaborative Advocacy).
Testing will take place in the first half of 2018. Each pilot group has worked with the project team to develop pilot theories of change and monitoring and evaluation frameworks, to ensure that the impact of the pilot can be evaluated in Phase Three.