Policy Submissions and Reports

This is where you will find recent and past submissions, reports and statements from the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Alongside our members, we fight for economic and social justice, and proudly seek to reshape justice and create more equitable laws. 

We want a community that is fair, inclusive and thriving: where every person belongs and can learn, grow, heal, participate and be heard.

Next Steps for Equality: 2020 Budget Submission

Budgets are about people, and the choices we make about the kind of society we want to live in. As Victorians, we are privileged to live in a progressive state that prides itself on inclusivity and fairness. The Andrews government has implemented many positive reforms to advance equality. But, many people are still struggling to make ends meet or access the support they need. It’s time for our next steps.

Read our statement and find the full submission here.

Home, Connection and Healing: Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

People do not experience mental health problems in a vacuum, life continues, often around them. Problems can build up. When going to work becomes difficult or impossible, debts build up too. We want a community that is fair, inclusive and thriving: where every person can learn, grow, heal, participate and be heard. In pursuing this vision we work alongside our 48 member centres who are at the forefront of helping people in their communities experiencing economic, social or cultural disadvantage and injustice. Through our member centres, we see the overlapping life and legal issues that cause, and are caused by, issues that arise from poor mental health.

Read our submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System here.

You can read submissions from other community legal centres here.


Spent Convictions Scheme - July 2019

Victoria needs a spent convictions theme to ensure we are supporting people to rehabilitate and move on with their lives. As the only state with no spent convictions scheme, even minor interactions with police can lead to permanent stains on a person's criminal record. This can stop people from accessing basic job opportunities for the rest of their lives and moving out of a cycle of disadvantage and poverty. Disturbingly, this is what happens even when charges are dismissed, when a young person gets a caution or diversion instead of going to court, or when a judge decides to not record a conviction.

Read our submission to the Legislative Council's Inquiry into a legislated spent convictions scheme.

 

Past Submissions

A Just and Fair Victoria: 2018 Budget Submission (2018)
Restorative Justice not Prisons: State Election Position Paper (2018)
Submission to the Access to Justice Review (2016)
Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2014)
Putting the Law to Work: Employment Law in Victoria (2014)
Access to Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors with Cognitive Impairment (2012)

 

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