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Press Release – Community Legal Centres welcome Attorney-General’s reversal of funding cuts

Today the federal Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, announced the government’s intention to restore $55.7 million to the community legal sector over three years. This is welcome news. Across our two centres (Loddon Campaspe and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centres) the planned cuts would have forced us to turn away more than 250 clients per year. […]

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Victorian government family violence funding boost welcomed as Federal funding cliff looms

More than 70% of our casework features an element of family violence. So we were recently pleased when the local member Maree Edwards informed us that the Victorian government would provide us with an additional $47,000 to allow us to continue supporting people experiencing family violence. This funding boost will go towards our Health-Justice Partnership with […]

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Consumers need protection from junk insurance and rubbish warranties

A new report from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) slams ‘junk’ insurance and rubbish warranties, which are usually sold to consumers when they take out a credit card or personal loan or buy a car. These products are meant to protect consumers when ‘shit happens’. But for many consumers this ‘insurance’ either duplicates […]

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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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Goulburn Valley CLC funding wipeout?

On the 3rd of December the Productivity Commission released its long-awaited report into access to justice arrangements in Australia. The Commission recognised the role of Australian legal assistance providers (including Community Legal Centres) and deplored the high levels of unmet legal need faced by disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians. The Commission recommended an immediate injection of […]

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Spotlight on family violence’s impact on country women

On the 7th of November, Deakin University’s Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) launched Landscapes of Violence: Women Surviving Family Violence in Regional and Rural Victoria. The report, written by Amanda George and Dr Bridget Harris, highlights the impact of family violence on women living in rural and regional Victoria. The report asked women survivors […]

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Employment Opportunity – Legal Practice Manager – Readvertised

Do you want to lead the legal practice of one of Australia’s most respected and innovative community legal centres? Are you a dynamic and experienced lawyer, passionate about social justice and able to lead a diverse and growing team of practitioners and programs? Do you want to embrace the challenge of managing excellent service provision, […]

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The Best Is Yet To Be

Seniors Rights Victoria, in partnership with Bendigo Senior Secondary College photography students and teachers, invites members of the community, local seniors and families to come along and enjoy a Photography Exhibition marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The Exhibition, “The Best is Yet to Be”, gives an insight into how a group of around […]

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Disability Discrimination Legal Service in Bendigo

Have you been treated unfairly or differently because of your disability, disease, illness or injury? Did it happen in your workplace, your school, your sports club or in your community? This may be unlawful discrimination. The Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS), a specialist community legal centre, is sending a community lawyer to Bendigo on the 24th of March […]

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