July 06, 2015

Legal services agreement signed amid serious ongoing concerns for community legal clients

A new National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services between state, territory and federal governments has been signed amid serious ongoing concerns over a failure to fully fund the justice gap, the impact of a significant national funding cut in 2017–18, and restrictions on advocacy campaigns by community legal centres on policy and law reform issues.


June 25, 2015

Royal commission vital to family violence response, community lawyers say

A submission released today by the State peak for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres has made more than 60 recommendations to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.


June 05, 2015

Vulnerability set to rise as Federal Government redefines legal need

AR_Pic_Liana_Buchanan_OpinionThe media spotlight on the 2015 Federal Budget may have dimmed, but its full impacts on the vulnerable are still very much on the line for those seeking free legal help.


June 02, 2015

“Savings” from means-testing free legal help will increase the risk for women facing family violence

A Federal Government proposal to means test free legal help from community legal centres will increase the risk for women facing family violence, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres.


May 25, 2015

New restrictions on who can be helped will worsen the impact of deep cuts to community legal centres

The impact of deep Federal Budget cuts to free legal assistance will be increased by proposed new restrictions on who community legal centres can help under a new funding agreement, according to the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the State peak for 50 community legal centres in Victoria.


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