16 September 2015 – Volume 89


New funding round for community legal projects

Community legal centres are invited to apply for grants from the $2 million Innovation and Transformation Fund. 

Learn more about who was awarded funding in the first round.

New child protection laws will be a challenge

There will be new challenges faced by children, families and lawyers when changes to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 come into force in early 2016. 

Read more about the new child protection laws.

People doing legal aid work

Meet our new Youth Crime Program Manager

Our new Youth Crime Program Manager Laura Chipp is driven by a commitment to children and young people being better supported and diverted out of the criminal justice system at an early stage.

Read more at Meet our Youth Crime Program Manager.

Panel practitioner updates

Upcoming ATLAS training

Practitioners are encouraged to register for ATLAS training. Training will cover how to navigate amendments to the Simplified Process Indictable Crime Trial application form, which result from the introduction of the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List.

The next available session is Monday 12 October, 9 am to 12 pm. To register your interest, email your name, firm name and contact number to atlastraining@vla.vic.gov.au

Community news and notices

Sexting and the law webinar – 17 September

Presented by Victoria Legal Aid in collaboration with the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, this webinar provides an an opportunity for attendees to gain a better understanding of updated laws about sexting, the consequences of breaking these laws and where young people can get help.

Learn more about the Sexting and the law webinar.

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.

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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