Community Legal Projects To Improve Access To Justice For Victorians

Thirteen community organisations will receive a total of almost $2 million through the Victorian Legal Services Board (VLSB) 2015 grants round for projects that improve education and access to legal services.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula said the grants will help fund projects that aim to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable people in our community.

The funding assists a range of organisations to provide targeted legal services at a community level across a range of areas, including youth justice, family violence, and consumer law. For example, one grant will help Deakin University explore legal responses to ‘one punch’ homicide in Victoria.

This project will document the context within which one-punch homicides occur and provide legal practitioners’ views of current practices and future needs for reform.

Another grant provided to the Mental Health Legal Centre and Royal District Nursing Service will assist in developing a pilot to provide increased access to justice to vulnerable groups of Victorians with multiple complex needs.

The VLSB is an independent statutory authority, responsible for regulation of the legal profession in Victoria.

The annual VLSB grants funding round for law-related services and activities that benefit the community is funded through the Public Purpose Fund, administered by the Board.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“I congratulate the Victorian Legal Services Board for its careful selection of worthy projects, all of which target community legal education, research and reform.”

“Each grant recognises the role the Victorian community has to play in informing and reforming the law, and I look forward to seeing the results of this important work.”

Quotes attributable to Chairperson of the Victorian Legal Services Board Fiona Bennett

“The organisations who have received funding in this latest round will play a vital role in identifying and addressing unmet legal needs within the Victorian community.”

“The diverse range of projects funded will provide improved access to justice and increase all Victorians’ understanding of their legal, consumer and human rights.”

‘With nearly $30 million awarded since 2007, the Board’s Grants Program has invested heavily in Victorian community justice projects.”