Projects

The Change Toolkit

The Change Toolkit is a guide for people in community legal centres – and elsewhere – who are interested in improving the lives of people in their community through law reform, policy and advocacy. thechangetoolkit.org.au

 

Community Law News

Community Law News is the Federation's newsletter detailing news, upcoming events and employment opportunities relevant to the community legal sector in Victoria. Click here to subscribe.

 

Outcomes Measurement Framework

The Victorian Community Legal Sector Outcomes Measurement Framework is intended to assist the Victorian community legal sector to demonstrate, articulate and measure the outcomes it achieves through its activities and service delivery. Click here to obtain the framework and connected resources.

 

Generalist-Specialist CLC Project

The Federation of Community Legal Centres’ Generalist-Specialist CLC Project aims to improve the interplay between Generalist and Specialist Community Legal Centres in Victoria. Click here for the Generalist Specialist CLC Project

 

Continuing Professional Development

The federation of Community Legal Centres prepares and offers training designed to meet the CPD needs of community lawyers. Click here to access CPD resources.

 

Reports

Tracking Protective Services Officers: Insights from the first three years

April 2015

This report documents cases of Protective Services Officers exceeding their powers by demanding personal information from commuters without legal justification and where no offence has been committed, forcibly searching commuters who do not comply, and using excessive force in a range of circumstances, including against vulnerable people. Download full report (pdf).

Putting the Law to Work: Meeting the demand for employment law assistance in Victoria

August 2014

Employment law is a complex area of law that impacts directly on the 2.9 million workers currently in Victoria. Download full report (pdf).

Saving lives by joining up justice: Why Australia needs coronial reform and how to achieve it

March 2013

The Federation's report, 'Saving Lives by Joining Up Justice' released in March 2013 urges comprehensive national reform of Australia’s flawed coronial system. Download full report (pdf).

Council Debt Collection: Alternatives to suing ratepayers in hardship

December 2012

The research documented in this report shows that councils in Victoria do not respond consistently to residents experiencing difficulty paying rates and some councils are far too quick to sue residents without adequately exploring alternatives to litigation. Download full report (pdf).

In the Drivers Seat: Achieving justice for Victoria's taxi drivers

June 2012

This report documents the work of the Taxi Driver Legal Clinic, a joint project conducted by the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria) and Footscray Community Legal Centre in 2011. Download full report (pdf).

Making Rights Reality: Access to justice for sexual assault survivors with a cognitive impairment

February 2012

This report discusses the extremely low rates of reporting, investigation and prosecution for sexual assault crimes against people with cognitive or communication disabilities. The report recommends establishing an advocacy support service for victims of these crimes and outlines a model for the service. Download full report (pdf).

Effective Transparent Accountable: An independent system to investigate police-related deaths in Victoria

June 2011

Establishing an independent investigation system in Victoria is achievable and would be transparent, fair and in the best interests of the public and police. A joint report of the Federation of Community Legal Centre, the Human Rights Law Centre, Darebin Community Legal Centre, and Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre. Download full report (pdf).

Taser Trap: Is Victoria falling for it?

October 2010

'Taser Trap' brings together internal Victoria Police documents obtained by the Federation through freedom of information legislation, as well as publicly available information and the experience of CLC's to warn the Victorian public that death and serious injury in connection with Taser use in Victoria is a real possibility. Download full report (pdf).