20 November 2013 – Volume 46


New app lays down the law on selfies, cyberbullying, and sexting during Schoolies 

A new, free mobile phone app will help young people understand the law about three major issues facing them: sexting, cyberbullying and the age of consent. 
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Victoria Legal Aid makes submission to Productivity Commission inquiry 

Our recent submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry highlights our commitment to resolve disputes at the earliest opportunity and improve access to justice.
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Victoria Legal Aid wins discrimination claim for a man with multiple disabilities 

Our efforts to protect the rights of a man with multiple disabilities were recently rewarded when we won a discrimination claim against Manningham City Council.
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Settled and Safe soon to regroup for workers forums

Settled and Safe community liaison educators will regroup throughout December to strengthen links between Settlement Services and Victoria Legal Aid and create better referral pathways for members of newly emerging communities.
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Are you legally prepared for bushfire season?

During Fire Action Week from 17 to 24 November 2013 we encourage Victorians to prepare for the summer fire season ahead and check they have the right insurance cover.
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VLA people

Victoria Legal Aid appoints Tim Marsh Chief Counsel

Senior Public Defender Tim Marsh has been appointed Victoria Legal Aid's Chief Counsel after an exhaustive executive search, and is looking forward to building on the early success of Victoria Legal Aid Chambers. Find out more.

Panel practitioner updates

Panels Project update – new panels opening soon

Firms and practitioners interested in applying for the Indictable Crime Panel are reminded of our 30 November 2013 deadline. Find out more.

Youth Crime Subset training

Our Youth Crime Subset training is helping ensure that all young people represented by a Victoria Legal Aid-funded lawyer have access to high quality representation. Find out more.

Community news

Supporting working parents: Pregnancy and return to work national review

The Australian Human Rights Commission is keen to hear from people who have been affected by discrimination in the workplace related to pregnancy, parental leave or return to work following parental leave. A group consultation will be held in Melbourne from 28 to 29 November.

Read more at Pregnancy discrimination.

White Ribbon Day – Monday 25 November

White Ribbon Day seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women. Men and women are encouraged to wear a symbolic white ribbon on Monday 25 November.

Read more at White Ribbon Day.

Launch of Indigenous Legal Needs Project Victorian Report – Friday 29 November

The Indigenous Legal Needs Project Victorian Report was compiled by the national Indigenous Legal Needs Project in collaboration with Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. It identifies and analyses the priority civil and family law needs of Indigenous people in Victoria.

Read more about the Indigenous Legal Needs Project Victorian Report.

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Mental Health Review Board hearing booklet

Our latest Getting Ready for a Mental Health Review Board hearing booklet contains important information about the five criteria that must be met in order to stay on an involuntary treatment order.

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