1 March 2017 – Volume 121

News

Helping more, complex clients

The 2016–17 midyear report discloses all that we have achieved in the first six months, and it reflects our commitment to greater openness and transparency with how we have used public funds.

Read more about the report's highlights.

Response to criticism about misplaced priorities

Our Managing Director Bevan Warner responds to recent criticism on why we are running a Working With Children Check (WWCC) appeal in the Supreme Court.

Learn more about the reasoning behind our decision.

We voice our concerns on Centrelink release of private information

Our Executive Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity Dan Nicholson has voiced serious concerns on the issue of Centrelink releasing private personal information to the media.

Learn more about why the disclosure of private information collected by Centrelink to the media should be of serious concern to all Australians.

Happy 10th Birthday Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Congratulations to the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood which is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Read more about why we believe the centre is a shining example of an holistic legal service.

New online tool to help Victorians access legal help

Victoria Legal Aid and Code for Australia have released a prototype online tool that will make it easier for community members to get legal assistance.

Learn more about how the new tool will reduce pressure on our Legal Help phone line team.

Victoria Legal Aid wins IPAA Communication Award 2016

We recently won the Communication Award at the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Leadership in the Public Sector Awards.

Read more about how our representation of a young schoolgirl in an insurance discrimination case against QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd contributed to a rethink of how the insurance industry responds to mental health when it assesses claims or provides cover.

Panel practitioner updates

Six Victorian barristers to participate in the 2017 Trial Counsel Development Program

Meet our six Trial Counsel Development Program barristers and learn how the program is giving more junior members of the Bar trial experience.

Learn more about our 2017 Trial Counsel Development Program participants.

Means Test Review update

The options phase of our Means Test Review has commenced and we will be releasing an options paper in April for public consultation.

Read more about the review.

Community news and notices

Speaking out on child support policy

Our Program Manager Family Violence Emma Smallwood spoke today at the Good Shepherd International Women's Day forum. Her speech covered child support policy and its impact on women's economic security.

NDIS, an Advocates Guide – forum, 21 April

VicDAN, a disability advocacy organisation combining legal and non-legal organisations, is hosting a forum which will explore current issues relating to advocacy and participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Now that the NDIS is being rolled out statewide, it is timely to reflect on its first five years. Expert speakers across a diverse range of organisations will provide individual perspectives about the implementation of the NDIS to date and the challenges it faces in the future.

The conference is aimed at advocates, both legal and non-legal, case workers, lawyers and anybody involved in providing effective advocacy and support within this arena.

Read more about the NDIS, an Advocates Guide Forum.

Free promotion for community legal events

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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.

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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