1 October 2015 – Volume 90


Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Martin Foley, IMHA Manager Helen Makregiorgos, Victoria Legal Aid Managing Director Bevan Warner

New independent mental health advocacy service kicks off

Independent Mental Health Advocacy was officially launched last night by the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Martin Foley, who said said the service will push the boundaries of the rights of people subject to compulsory treatment.

Read about what the Minister for Mental Health said as he launched our new service.

Looking at summary crime in detail

Three years after introducing major reforms to the way summary crime services are delivered, we are working with the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales to evaluate the changes.

Learn more about how we are looking at summary crime services and how they are delivered.

Submission calls for framework to better protect workers

Our submission to the Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Framework highlights concerns that a person who brings a discrimination claim under the Fair Work Act 2009 would not be entitled to compensation for hurt and humiliation. It recommends ways to better protect migrant workers, people with a disability, and women.

Read more about our call for framework to better protect workers.

Panel practitioner updates

Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List updated

This week we added seven barristers to our Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List, and signalled the end of its transitional period. Read more about our update to the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.

Vacancy for Executive Director Civil Justice, Access and Equity

We are seeking an executive director to lead our Civil Justice, Access and Equity program, contribute to a more inclusive community that respects human rights and ensures our services are accessible and appropriate to need.

Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful applicant will lead the delivery of high quality civil and administrative law services throughout Victoria, expand the capacity of Legal Help to position it as the main entry point for clients to the whole legal assistance sector, oversee funding and support to community legal centres and build staff capacity in strategic policy and law reform. They  will also oversee legal aid service delivery in the South Coast and Barwon regions.

The role requires someone with  substantial knowledge and experience in civil law with a thorough understanding of current trends, issues and challenges impacting the civil justice sector. Excellent communication and leadership skills, including the ability to impart knowledge and influence opinions, will be crucial to building successful mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders and community partners. As a strategic leader, the executive director will inspire confidence and effectively motivate and develop people.

For more information contact Jo Fisher or Kate Wheeler at Jo Fisher Executive on (03) 9016 6000 quoting reference VLAdcj0915 or see the Jo Fisher Executive jobs board.

Community news and notices

Mental Health Week – 4 to 10 October

Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars.

Read more about Mental Health Week.

Healing the Future – The Path Ahead

Healing the Future – The Path Ahead is a free Indigenous family violence forum on Thursday, 8 October at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Guest speakers include, Tom Powell, Founding Director Red Dust Healing, Muriel Bamblett, CEO Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency and Paul Thornton, Koolin Balit Fresh Tracks Co-ordinator. 

Find out more about Healing the Future.

Victoria Law Foundation general grants closing soon

The Victoria Law Foundation's general grants round is now open and this year the foundation is supporting Law Week events and legal information projects that educate the public. Applications close Monday 12 October.

Read more about Victoria Law Foundation general grants.

Anti-Poverty Week – 11 to 17 October

Anti-Poverty Week encourages all Australians to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas.

Learn more about Anti-Poverty Week.

Law Oration 2015: Australian Federal Democracy – 14 October

The University of Melbourne Director of Studies in Government Law and Co-Director of Studies in Public and International Law, Laureate Professor Emeritus, Cheryl Saunders AO will explore the potential of the concept of federal democracy, revitalised for the conditions of the 21st century.

Read more about Law Oration 2015: Australian Federal Democracy.

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