8 June 2016 – Volume 105


L-R: MP Suzanna Sheed; Superintendent Michael Sayer, Victoria Police;  Rumbalara CEO Kemal (Kim) Sedick; ARC Justice Executive Officer Peter Noble (back); Rumbalara board member and Elder, Aunty June Murray, Victoria Legal Aid Executive Director, Civil Justice, Access and Equity, Dan Nicholson; Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre (GVCLC) Therapeutic Justice lawyer Sejal Amin; Inspector Dan Trimble; GVCLC Managing Lawyer, Kaz Gurney; Primary Care Connect Therapeutic Justice case manager David Johns.

Bringing legal help to the door at Shepparton's Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative

Our funding of a lawyer from the Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre to work in the Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative is bringing more legal help to the area's Indigenous population.

Read more about how we are improving access to justice in the Goulburn Valley region.

Centrelink overpayments – a confusing system can criminalise mistakes

Our recent representation of a client highlighted our ongoing concerns that people who have been overpaid are being treated the same as those who have deliberately set out to misinform Centrelink about theit situation.

Read more about how we assisted our client.

Fastracking students to career success while working to solve some legal issues

Victoria Legal Aid has made a three-year commitment to the Fastrack Innovation Program, managed through the Centre for Innovative Justice and RMIT.

Read more about the program which provides critical insight into some of the current challenges facing Victoria Legal Aid and the entire legal sector.

Legal help available statewide for child support issues

Eligible people requiring assistance with child support can attend a range of free appointments across the state over the next six months.

Read more about where and when you can see a lawyer.

People doing legal aid work

Continuing a passion for human rights

Associate Director Access and Equity Jon Cina is proud to continue his long history of service to human rights at Victoria Legal Aid. His past experience is perfectly suited to his new role.

Read more about Jon Cina

Broad approach to client lives is way to resolve legal issues

A multi-disciplined approach to clients' needs is the best way to resolve their legal issues according to Summary Crime Program Manager Elissa Scott.

Watch an interview and read more about Elissa Scott.

Panel practitioner updates

The end of finacial year is fast approaching

As the 2015–16 financial year draws to a close, we encourage all practitioners to ensure their current billing and file data is entered into ATLAS before 30 June.

If you have any queries, contact atlashelpdesk@vla.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9269 0600 between 8.45 am and 5.15 pm weekdays.

For further information, see ATLAS updates and support.

Support for panel practitioners and the Community Legal Centre lawyers undertaking accredited specialisation

We again offer our support to private panel practitioners who are undertaking Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialisation in the areas of Criminal Law and Children's Law through:

  • study groups, providing an opportunity for practitioners to collaborate and share their knowledge, experience and resources
  • professional legal education sessions and study intensives.
Read more about how we are supporting accredited specialisation.

Crime and Children's law lectures for panel practitioners and CLC lawyers

As part of the study support program for specialisation candidates, we are running a series of one-hour professional legal education sessions on topics relevant to criminal and children's lawyers. Limited places are available to panel practitioners and community legal centre staff who are not undertaking specialisation.

Find out about upcoming crime lectures for accredited specialisation.

Community news and notices

Improving court practice in family violence cases – 15 to 17 June

Victoria Legal Aid Executive Director Family, Youth and Children's Law Nicole Rich will appear at the Improving Court Practice in Family Violence Cases conference and make a presentation at a panel discussion discussing the 'Cross Examination of Vulnerable Witnesses in Family Violence Cases.'

To register for the conference see Improving Court Practice in Family Violence Cases.

NAIDOC Week – 3 to 10 July

NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and society.

Read more at NAIDOC Week.

Access to justice and technology forum 6 July – Save the date!

RMIT's Centre for Innovative Justice will convene a forum on improving access to justice through design thinking and artificial intelligence on Wednesday 6 July, from 6 pm to 7.30 pm at Storey Hall, RMIT Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Find out more about the event.

Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference – 22 July

The annual Castan Centre conference is the leading human rights conference in Australia, providing a vital health check on the state of human rights in Australia and overseas. Join more than 300 attendees from the law, civil society, academia and business at Australia's only annual human rights conference.

Read more at Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference.

Lawyer positions available at commUnity Plus

commUnity Plus is a leading non-government agency providing essential community services in Melbourne's western suburbs.

The organisation has three positions available for a Senior Locum Family Lawyer, Community Lawyer – Family Law and Community Lawyer.

Read more at positions available.

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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