Community Legal Centre funding a vital election issue

We only want one thing on Election Day: a fair deal for the thousands of Australians who are being denied access to a lawyer because community legal centre funding is inadequate. Traditionally, legal aid commissions, community legal centres and indigenous family violence and legal services have been the legal service of last resort for Australia’s […]

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New Health-Justice Partnership launched

On the 2nd of June Attorney-General Martin Pakula signed off on a new grant to resource a health-justice partnership between Goulburn Valley CLC and Rumbalara Aboriginal Corporation. The local member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed, officiated at the formal project launch at Rumbalara’s Harmony Centre. This exciting project, costing $300,000 over two years, will embed a […]

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Bring your Bills Day

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Consumer Affairs Victoria are pleased to present two BRING YOUR BILLS DAYS! These FREE clinics are for people who need advice or assistance with bills and debts. Members of the community are invited to bring their bills along on the day to receive free and confidential advice from a […]

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New Free Legal Advice Service for Benalla

Earlier this month, members of the Hume Riverina and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centres and Benalla Health launched the new partnership to provide free legal assistance services to disadvantaged residents in the Benalla area from the Ray Sweeney Centre at 45 Coster Street Benalla. Benalla Health has been providing health care to the Benalla community for many […]

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Therapeutic Justice Program launch

The Therapeutic Justice Program was launched on the 13 of November 2015 at the Old Courthouse in Shepparton and officiated by His Honour Peter Lauritsen, the Chief Magistrate of Victoria. The Therapeutic Justice Program is a partnership between Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre (GVCLC) and Primary Care Connect (PCC), funded by the Victorian Legal Services Board […]

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Asylum seeker’s fines discharged without penalty

Frances* is a 42 year old asylum seeker from Malaysia. She and her husband fled to Australia in 2008 seeking freedom from persecution, yet their claim for asylum is yet to be determined. They are separated from two of their children, who are resident with Frances’ parents in Malaysia, and their bridging visas mean they […]

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Free Temporary Protection Visas forum

Goulburn Valley CLC and the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre are presenting a free forum on Thursday the 2nd of July to outline Temporary Protection Visas and the Fast Track assessment process that will shortly be commenced by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Some people will have already received letters from the Department. Anyone who has […]

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Support for Therapeutic Justice project

Our Therapeutic Justice project recently drew on the advice and support of its Shepparton-based Reference Group and a visit to the Neighbourhood Justice Centre and the Drug Court, both in Melbourne. The Therapeutic Justice Program held its first TJP Reference Group Meeting earlier this month. The Reference Group provides high-level support and advice to the project. […]

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CLC input into Shepparton Courts redevelopment

In December 2014, the Committee for Greater Shepparton invited Goulburn Valley CLC and the Goulburn Valley Law Association to participate in a roundtable meeting to canvas our region’s needs for the new Shepparton Court Precinct. Following on from that event, in February our Managing Lawyer, Kaz Gurney, and Georgia Morrissey from the Goulburn Valley Law […]

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Family Violence Royal Commission’s Goulburn Valley insight

We recently made a submission to Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence. Our submission drew the Royal Commission’s attention to the report recently published by our colleagues at Loddon Campaspe CLC: Will somebody listen to me? This report mirrors many of our observations and concerns and we concur with its premise that before deciding how best to meet […]

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