1 February 2017 – Volume 119

News

Helping kids in residential care stay out of the criminal justice system

We have welcomed work that will see fewer children being shunted from residential care into the criminal justice system unnecessarily.

Read more about how our Care Not Custody report looks at the link between child protection residential care and criminal charges for children.

Call to suspend Centrelink's automated debt recovery system

We have called on the government to suspend Centrelink's automated debt recovery system which has seen many Victorians receive inaccurate debt notices.

Read more about how we are helping people understand the options available to them when they get a debt notice they don't agree with.

Register online for child support legal help

People who need legal help with child support can now register their interest online. We will assess what type of service you require and be back in touch with you.

We have also published dates and locations of our child support outreach services for the first half of 2017.

Read more about how you can request a child support appointment.

New, modern legal aid office for Goulburn region

Our clients and staff in the Goulburn region are benefiting from a new, state-of-the-art office in Shepparton.

Read more about how the new office will service the ever growing demand in the area.

Vale Bill Grant

We acknowledge the untimely passing of former CEO of Legal Aid NSW Bill Grant and his passion for providing legal aid to the disadvantaged, especially those in remote areas.

Read more about how Bill was an ardent advocate for legal aid.

Panel practitioner updates

Quality Audits now include a self-assessment audit tool for practitioners

Quality audits commenced last year and have now progressed to include a self-assessment audit tool for practitioners.

Read more about how the audits help us strengthen our partnership with practitioners.

Community news and notices

Young people required for research on separated families

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting research with young people about their experiences of the family law system services when parents separate. They would like to talk to young people aged 10–17 years and a parent about their experiences.

Read more about how you can participate.

Law Oration 2017 – 9 February

This oration featuring special guest presenter, The Honourable Robert French AC will present on the topic, 'Rights and Freedoms and the Rule of Law'. The oration will explore whether, with so many laws produced by various levels of government on a vast array of topics, rights and freedoms may be eroded by the system which is supposed to be protecting them. Read more about the Law Oration 2017.

Free promotion for community legal events

Want to make sure your legal event for the community gets noticed? Let Everyday-Law know. They will list it on their events page and share it across social media for you.

Email Everyday-Law at contact@everyday-law.org.au or call (03) 9604 8166. Everyday-Law is a free, legal information website produced by Victoria Law Foundation.

Victorian Energy Compare website

The Victorian Energy Compare website is a useful tool for disadvantaged Victorians who are struggling with energy costs and assists users in finding a better offer from energy providers.

Read more at Victorian Energy Compare.

If you have any community news that you would like included in this eNewsletter email editor@vla.vic.gov.au. Items will be published at the editor's discretion.

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