Policy Submissions and Reports

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.

On this page, you can find recent and past submissions, reports and statements from the Federation of Community Legal Centres. The Federation also contributes to policy submissions produced by Community Legal Centres Australia. You can find these here

Feedback on the development of a not-for-profit sector blueprint

The Federation provided recommendations for a blueprint for the not-for-profit sector.

Read the submission here.

Climate Change Impacts on Access to Justice - Literature Review (2023)

The Federation has reviewed existing literature on the impacts of climate change on access to justice. 

Read the literature review here

Review of the National Legal Assistance Partnership (2023)

The Federation has reviewed the National Legal Assistance Partnership and responded to the Issues Paper on behalf of Victorian Community Legal Centres.

Read the submission here.

The Federation also contributed to a submission in response to the NLAP Review with a focus on disaster legal assistance, in partnership with Community Legal Centres Australia (CLCA), the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (NATSILS), the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (FVPLS) and National Legal Aid (NLA).

Read the submission here.

Sixteen organisations within the Victorian legal assistance sector also piloted outcomes approaches to inform the National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP) Review.

Read the Victorian Sector Outcomes Pilot Final Report here and the case studies here

Response to the consultation on strengthening anti-vilification laws (2023)

The Federation has contributed to the consultation on strengthening anti-vilification laws in Victoria (the Consultation). This letter outlines our response to all three stages of the Consultation. 

Read the letter here.

Feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill (No.2) (2023)

The Federation has provided feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill (No.2) 2023 (the Exposure Draft).

Read our feedback here

Feedback on a stronger, more diverse and independent community sector (2023)

The Federation has provided feedback to the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) consultation on a stronger, more diverse and independent community sector.

Read our feedback here.

Submission on the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Equity) Bill (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communication on the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Equity) Bill 2023 (Cth) that has been proposed by independent Senator David Pocock (ACT). 

Read our submission here.

Submission on the Inquiry into the 2022 Flood Event in Victoria (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to the Legislative Council Environment and Planning Committee on the 2022 flooding event in Victoria. 

Read our submission here.

Submission on Human Rights Inquiry into a National Human Rights Framework (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Human Rights Inquiry into a National Human Rights Framework. 

Read our submission here.

Submission on the new social services regulatory framework for Victoria (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to Social Services Regulation Reform on the new social services regulatory framework for Victoria, established through the Social Services Regulations Act 2021 (the Act) and the proposed Social Services Regulations 2023 (the Regulations).

Read our submission here

Submission on the Rental and Housing Affordability Crisis in Victoria (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to the Legal and Social Issues Committee in relation to the Inquiry into the Rental and Housing Affordability Crisis in Victoria.

Read our submission here.

Feedback on the Family Law Amendment Bill (2023)

The Federation provided feedback to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s consultation on the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023.

Read our feedback here

Feedback on the development of specialised and trauma-informed legal services for victims and survivors of sexual assault

The Federation provided feedback to the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) national consultation to inform the development of the legal services model at three pilot sites.

Read our feedback to the consultation here

Feedback to the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill (2023)

The Federation provided feedback on the Exposure Draft of the Family Law Amendment Bill 2023 (the Exposure Draft).

Read our feedback to the draft bill here.

Feedback to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on current and proposed sexual consent laws in Australia (2023)

The Federation provided feedback to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on current and proposed sexual consent laws in Australia, in a joint submission with South-East Monash Legal Service.

Read our feedback to the committee here.

Submission on National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality (2023)

The Federation has made a submission to respond to the National Strategy to Achieve Gender Equality, to highlight the need to address systemic inequalities that impact on women’s financial independence and commit to reforming harmful policies and laws that further embed gender inequality.

Read our response to the national strategy here.

Feedback on the review of the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme (2023)

The Federation provided feedback on the review of the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme (Scheme) under the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (Vic).

Read our feedback on the review here.

Past Submissions

2022

Submission to the Yoorrook Justice Commission inquiry into the injustices faced by First Peoples in Victoria's criminal justice system

Response to consultation on Draft National Principles to Address Coercive Control

Feedback on Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032

Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission's stalking consultation

Submission to the Federal Inquiry on long COVID and repeated COVID infections

Response to the survey on Victoria's Wellbeing Plan

Recommended changes to the Victims of Crime (Financial Assistance Scheme) Bill 2022

Position paper on criminal legal reforms - public decency offences and the expansion of police powers at police premises

2021

Submission on the Public Health and Wellbeing (Pandemic Management) Bill

Submission to the Inquiry into Victoria's Criminal Justice System - Federation of Community Legal Centres and Smart Justice for Women

Submission to the review of Victims' Experience of Summary Criminal Proceedings

2020

Pathway to Decarceration: A Justice System Response to COVID-19

Submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

Raise the Age: Submission to the Council of Attorney's General here 

Submission to the Family Violence Reform Implementation Monitor Review 

2019

Submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

Submission to the Legislative Council's Inquiry into a Spent Convictions Scheme 

2018

A Just and Fair Victoria: 2018 Budget Submission 

Restorative Justice not Prisons: State Election Position Paper 

2016

Submission to the Access to Justice Review 

2014

Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence 

Putting the Law to Work: Employment Law in Victoria 

2012

Access to Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors with Cognitive Impairment 

 

Royal Commission Submissions

Home, Connection and Healing: Pathways to Mental Wellness

Royal Commission into Family Violence Submission

 

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