Grants Strengthen Community Legal Centres
Community legal centres will receive a $3.2 million boost in their ability to help vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians, following a series of grant allocations.
Attorney-General Martin Pakula announced the grants at the launch of the West Justice Community Legal Centre in Werribee today.
The West Justice Community Legal Centre – launched by Member for Werribee Tim Pallas – was one of 28 recipients of a Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund grant.
Their $50,000 grant will support an Employment Law Project, which seeks to improve working outcomes for newly arrived and refugee communities across Melbourne’s western suburbs.
The Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund will provide $2 million to centres over the next two years. Community legal centres were eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 per year.
The grants fund a range of key frontline resources and programs including legal support for family violence; improved access to justice for newly arrived and refugee communities; and services for regional and remote youth.
The Andrews Labor Government has also committed $1.2 million to community legal centres from the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund with the announcement that 23 centres will receive a grant of up to $52,000 this year.
These grants will increase the availability of family violence duty lawyers to assist victims of family violence with proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court.
The critical funding means that community legal centres across Victoria can continue to run vital programs and services, as well as assist victims of family violence.
Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula
“Community legal centres have a critical role in our community by providing essential services to disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorians.”
“The Government recognises the significant contribution they make to our justice system and we are proud to commit $2 million over two years to the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund to better support vital services and programs.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas
“I am pleased to officially launch the newly formed West Justice Community Legal Centre.”
“The West Justice Community Legal Centre is now one of the largest legal centres in Melbourne, bringing together Wyndham Legal Service, Footscray Community Legal Centre, and Western Suburbs Legal Service.”
Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund
Organisation Grant funding 2015-17
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria 50,000 Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 50,000 Barwon Community Legal Service 100,000 Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre 99,590 Broadmeadows Community Legal Service 100,000 Central Highlands Community Legal Centre 31,804 Consumer Action Law Centre 47,014 Disability Advocacy and Information Service 50,000 Eastern Community Legal Centre 50,000 Emma House Domestic Violence Services 50,000 Environmental Justice Australia 19,810 Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre 100,000 Inner Melbourne Community Legal 100,000 inTouch, Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence 100,000 Justice Connect Homeless Law 50,000 Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre 100,000 Mental Health Legal Centre 100,000 Moonee Valley Legal Service (in partnership with Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre) 200,000 Murray Mallee Community Legal Service 100,000 Peninsula Community Legal Centre 100,000 Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre 50,000 Springvale Monash Legal Service 50,000 Upper Murray Family Care Inc Auspicing Hume Riverina Community Legal Service 49,957 Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service 50,000 West Justice Community Legal Centre 50,000 Whittlesea Community Legal Service 50,000 Women’s Legal Service Victoria 50,000 Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre 100,000
Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund
Organisation Grant funding 2015-16
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria 52,174 Anglicare Victoria, Gippsland Community Legal Centre 52,174 Barwon Community Legal Service 52,174 Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre 52,174 Broadmeadows Community Legal Service 52,174 Casey Cardinia Community Legal Service 52,174 Central Highlands Community Legal Centre 52,174 Darebin Community Legal Centre 52,174 Eastern Community Legal Centre 52,174 Emma House Domestic Violence Services 52,174 Fitzroy Legal Service 52,174 Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre 52,174 Inner Melbourne Community Legal 52,174 Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre 52,174 Murray Mallee Community Legal Service 52,174 Peninsula Community Legal Centre 52,174 Springvale Monash Legal Service 52,174 St Kilda Legal Service Co-operative 52,174 Upper Murray Family Care Inc Auspicing Hume Riverina Community Legal Service 52,174 Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service 52,174 Whittlesea Community Legal Service 52,174 Women’s Legal Service Victoria 52,174 Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre 52,174