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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