April 30, 2015

Report recommends action to address PSOs exceeding powers and using excessive force

PSO_Report_Cover_WebA report to be released on Friday by the Federation of Community Legal Centres has made eight recommendations to address serious concerns over Protective Services Officers exceeding their powers and using excessive force.


April 17, 2015

COAG commitments to act on domestic violence must include funding for services that fight it

COAG commitments to act on domestic violence will prove ineffective unless they include sustainable funding for the services that fight it, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria).


March 27, 2015

Reversal of legal service cuts draws broad media coverage

The Federal Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday announced the reversal of significant funding cuts to the legal assistance sector over 2015–16 and 2016–17 made as part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) process in December 2013.


March 26, 2015

Cuts reversal welcome relief, but future funding boost to legal services needed to fully protect the vulnerable

The reversal of deep cuts to legal assistance services announced today by Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has been welcomed by the Federation of Community Legal Centres, but the Victorian community legal peak has warned that a future funding boost is required to fully protect the most vulnerable.


March 20, 2015

Case for funding overwhelming as Senate inquiry backs legal assistance services in the fight against family violence

Interim recommendations of a Senate inquiry to restore and significantly boost funding for legal assistance services to help tackle family violence have been welcomed by the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the peak body for 49 community legal centres in Victoria.


March 19, 2015

Federal cuts hit as community legal centres make the case for the vulnerable

Community legal centres have been in the national, state and local news as Federal Government cuts set to commence on 1 July begin to impact centres in Victoria and beyond.


March 12, 2015

One community legal centre wins back funding, but free legal help for vulnerable uncertain nationwide

Reinstatement of two-year funding to a single community legal centre by the Federal Government has been welcomed, but leaves 13 centres in Victoria and nearly 60 centres nationally with cuts commencing on 1 July and ongoing funding uncertainty, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria).


March 04, 2015

Federal Opposition commitment on family violence welcome

The Federation of Community Legal Centres has welcomed the announcement today of a $70m Federal Opposition initial investment to tackle family violence, including funding for legal services of $47.4m. Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also committed to a national crisis summit, which has also been welcomed as a vital opportunity for coordinated national action on family violence.


February 17, 2015

Community legal peak supports law reform and advocacy with new guide

The peak for Victoria’s 49 community legal centres has launched a guide supporting community legal centres’ law reform and policy work, showing centres how they can advocate effectively to change unfair laws, policies and practices.


February 02, 2015

Policy shift, not better communication, needed to reverse family violence cuts and risk to women

Deep Federal cuts to community legal centres and advocacy restrictions will affect women and children at risk of family violence, and contradict the prime minister’s claimed commitment to ending family violence in his announcement of Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year .


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