2019 Continued Professional Development
The Federation of Community Legal Centres’ 2019 CDP Day will be held on 18th March 2019. Download the full program. Registrations have now closed for the event.
Integrated Practice Toolkit
The Integrated Practice Toolkit is a practical guide that supports lawyers and other community and health professionals to understand and navigate the risks related to legal professional privilege and mandatory reporting in the context of integrated service models. Integrated Practice Toolkit.
Generalist-Specialist CLC Project
The Federation of Community Legal Centres’ Generalist-Specialist CLC Project aims to improve the interplay between Generalist and Specialist Community Legal Centres in Victoria. Click here for the Generalist Specialist CLC Project.
Integrated Services Fund 2018-19
The Integrated Services Fund 2018-19 was open for applications from all members of the Federation who were looking to extend or enhance, establish or build capacity to establish an integrated service within their Community Legal Centre or Aboriginal Legal Service.
The Change Toolkit
The Change Toolkit is a guide for people in community legal centres – and elsewhere – who are interested in improving the lives of people in their community through law reform, policy and advocacy. thechangetoolkit.org.au
Community Law News
Outcomes Measurement Framework
The Victorian Community Legal Sector Outcomes Measurement Framework is intended to assist the Victorian community legal sector to demonstrate, articulate and measure the outcomes it achieves through its activities and service delivery. Click here to obtain the framework and connected resources.
Continuing Professional Development
The Federation of Community Legal Centres prepares and offers training designed to meet the CPD needs of community lawyers. Click here to access CPD resources.
Tracking Protective Services Officers: Insights from the first three 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. Download full report (pdf).
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. Download full report (pdf).
Saving lives by joining up justice: Why Australia needs coronial reform and how to achieve it
The Federation's report, 'Saving Lives by Joining Up Justice' released in March 2013 urges comprehensive national reform of Australia’s flawed coronial system. Download full report (pdf).
Council Debt Collection: Alternatives to suing ratepayers in hardship
The research documented in this report shows that councils in Victoria do not respond consistently to residents experiencing difficulty paying rates and some councils are far too quick to sue residents without adequately exploring alternatives to litigation. Download full report (pdf).
In the Drivers Seat: Achieving justice for Victoria's taxi drivers
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. Download full report (pdf).
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. Download full report (pdf).
Effective Transparent Accountable: An independent system to investigate police-related deaths in Victoria
Establishing an independent investigation system in Victoria is achievable and would be transparent, fair and in the best interests of the public and police. A joint report of the Federation of Community Legal Centre, the Human Rights Law Centre, Darebin Community Legal Centre, and Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre. Download full report (pdf).
Taser Trap: Is Victoria falling for it?
'Taser Trap' 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. Download full report (pdf).