11 November 2020 – Volume 208
Image of NAIDOC Week logo and posters with the text Always Was, Always Will Be. 8-15 November 2020
Welcome to the NAIDOC Week 2020 edition of Legal Aid Brief. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Progressing our Reconciliation Action Plan benefits our clients, community and staff

As part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations we’re pleased to share our Reconciliation Action Plan mid-term progress report.

Services and Innovation Executive Director, Peter Noble, said, ‘the report shows how building our relationships with Aboriginal legal services partners and communities is essential to improving services for First Nations people.’

Our new Associate Director for Aboriginal Services

Lawrence Moser has been appointed as our new Associate Director, Aboriginal Services, a vital role in our commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria.

People doing legal aid work

Photo of Ron Davis in a dark blue check shirt, standing outside.

A Mamu and Kuku Yalanji man working for First Nations peoples

‘Life can be challenging for First Nations peoples as they are often straddling two worlds. On the one hand they are trying to preserve their ancestral links and follow their culture, whilst living and working within Australian laws.’

A Mamu and Kuku Yalanji man from Far North Queensland, Geelong Lawyer Ron Davis finds NAIDOC Week challenges him to ask himself what it means to be a First Nations person.

Close up photo of Tia Snoek, smiling.

Marram Ngala Ganbu – helping families heal

‘It starts with an acknowledgment of country and why we have Marram-Ngala Ganbu. Everyone is sitting around the table together and that changes the dynamics a lot.'

Read more from Child Protection lawyer Tia Snoek, on the innovative Family Hearing Day at Broadmeadows Children’s Court.

News

Non-legal child protection support now available in Ballarat

Our non-legal support program for parents in the early stages of the child protection system is expanding to Greater Ballarat. Independent Family Advocacy and Support (IFAS) helps parents to understand their rights and responsibilities, and to work towards their goals for their family.

Picture of a young boy drawing a picture of people and houses.

More work needed to achieve safe and certain homes for children

We’ve released a new report showing the child protection ‘permanency amendments’ aren’t always working as intended. The amendments were introduced four years ago to give children in out-of-home care more certainty about where they’ll live.

Our new website redevelopment project is on its way

The VLA Website Redevelopment Tender has been released to market on the Tenders VIC website and will close on 24 November. 

The redevelopment of our website is integral to improving how Victorians access the legal information and help they need and expanding access to justice through our digital service delivery.

Panel practitioner updates

Support for lawyers attempting specialist accreditation

Lawyers interested in undertaking specialist accreditation in family law and administrative law in 2021 are invited to join our study groups and support programs.

New CLC partner wanted for family law duty lawyer service

We have opened an expression of interest process for a new community legal centre partner to join the Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) at the Melbourne registry of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Community news and notices

Community lawyer role available in Bendigo

ARC Justice is recruiting a community lawyer to join the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre. Read about the role and how to apply.

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

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