Submission supports renewed calls for a spent conviction scheme in Victoria to help people move on with their lives

The Andrews Labor government in Victoria is currently running an inquiry into a spent convictions scheme in Victoria, chaired by Fiona Patten MP. A spent convictions scheme is well overdue in Victoria, being the only state without a legislated scheme to limit criminal record enquiries for people with minor crimes in their past. Hayley Mansfield, […]

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Employment Opportunity: Intake Lawyer LCCLC

Intake Lawyer – .6 to 1.0 EFT Negotiable Are you seeking an opportunity to apply your legal and people skills in a diverse and stimulating environment that enables access to justice for some of regional Victoria’s most vulnerable community members? We have the role for you! The Bendigo based Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre (a […]

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Employment Opportunity: Legal Intake Officer GVCLC

Legal Intake Officer – 2 positions available sharing 1.6 EFT. Are you seeking an opportunity to apply your legal and people skills in a diverse and stimulating environment that enables access to justice for some of regional Victoria’s most vulnerable community members? We have the role for you! The Shepparton-based Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre […]

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More Diversions offer a way ahead

The $8.9m in the State budget for continuation of the Fast Track Remand Court is a great initiative from the Andrews Government. Processing by this Court process reduces the amount of time young people spend on remand and increases the likelihood of being included in diversion programs. The success of diversionary programs around Australia has […]

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Join us for the Report to Community

The ARC Justice Board of Directors invites you to our Annual Report to Community. We’ll share information about our work across regional Victoria in child protection, family violence, family law, tenancy and some key projects that commenced in 2018.The event will be held at 121 View Street, Bendigo on Wednesday 20 February 2019.RSVP by 15 […]

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Rumbalara project transforming community

Our Rumbalara clients are more than just a number or a matter to us. They are individuals and members of a strong local community. By working with the community we are helping people to work within a legal system that has previously been foreign and confusing. By helping to transform people’s lives, we are demonstrating […]

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Intervention Orders and love. A zero sum game?

As family violence duty lawyers, we often hear people make excuses for those who have inflicted family violence on them. Some go so far as to resist taking out an Intervention Order or not supporting a police application for an Order. These cases always stick in our heads. Two recent cases highlight the problem. The […]

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How rights get lost in the rush to be tough on crime

This post originally appeared as a Letter to the Editor of the Shepparton News. It was written in response to an article published on the 12th of September 2018 that detailed the ‘frightening’ experience of an 18-year-old Kilmore woman who was arrested in Kilmore and held in the cells at Shepparton Police Station over a […]

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Employment Lawyer joins our team

The Victorian Government recently funded Goulburn Valley CLC to provide employment law services to Working Holiday Makers in our region. To lead this work, we have appointed Amanda Ferguson as our new employment lawyer. Amanda has previously worked for the Fair Work Commission, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Australian Building and Construction Commission. The […]

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New employment law service for Goulburn Valley seasonal workers

The Victorian government recently boosted the Goulburn Valley by funding us to provide employment law-related services to working holiday makers in the region. Many rural workers are vulnerable to exploitation. Recent media investigations have highlighted the dangers encountered by seasonal workers, and drawn attention to their need for specialist legal information and advice. This new service […]

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