14 May 2014 – Volume 56


Statement on the Commonwealth Budget

Prudent planning will enable us to manage the withdrawal of $3.5 million in Commonwealth funding without changing services or eligibility guidelines.
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Gearing up for a new Mental Health Act

The introduction of a new Mental Health Act is just around the corner. We've been getting ready for big changes in the legal framework for people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.
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Victoria Legal Aid front and centre at Law Week

We will be participating in Law Week 2014 so come along, learn more about the law and ask the experts your legal questions.
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Public Law Library provides an invaluable service

Our Public Law Library has been serving the Victorian community for more than 30 years and offers a range of useful and free resources to the general public and the legal profession.
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Panel practitioner updates

Panels Project update – assessment well underway

There has been plenty of activity surrounding the recent creation and opening of our various panels. Read more.

Support for panel practitioners undertaking specialist accreditation

We are offering support to private panel practitioners undertaking the Law Institute of Victoria's Accredited Specialisation exam 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.

Community events

2014 Children's Law Awards nominations now open

The National Children's and Youth Law Centre and King and Wood Mallesons are calling for nominations for the 2014 Children's Law Awards.

The Awards recognise the achievements and commitment of people and organisations that advance the legal rights and interests of children and young people across Australia.

Nominations close Friday 13 June and winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony on Friday 5 September.

For more information visit the National Children's and Youth Law Centre website.

Law Oration 2014 – 21 May

Hear from High Court judge, Justice Susan Crennan at this year's Law Oration as she discusses the Magna Carta, common law values and the Constitution.

Read more at Law Oration 2014.

2014 Victorian Council of Social Service Summit – 30 May

Co-sponsored by Victoria Legal Aid, the 2014 VCOSS Summit is bringing together leaders and strategic thinkers from the community sector, government, business, and the media to explore the big issues facing our state and how we can better address disadvantage.

Read more at 2014 Victorian Council of Social Service Summit.

Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria – 7 and 8 August

Held by Monash University, Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria is the first international conference to present a thorough judicial and academic analysis of Victoria's human rights jurisprudence produced under the Victorian Human Rights Charter.

Read more at Human Rights Under the Charter: The Development of Human Rights Law in Victoria.

Help Cards

Our free help cards and posters promoting our Legal Help service and 1300 number are available in 25 languages, including those of newly arrived communities such as Farsi, Dinka and Dari.

Victoria Legal Aid's Public Law Library

Locate texts, legislation, case law or other material from our collection – many resources can be accessed online via our Public Law Library Catalogue. You can also check out what is new to the library this month.

Order free publications

We have a range of free resources to help people with their legal problems which can be ordered or downloaded from our catalogue.

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