Victoria Needs a Spent Convictions Scheme

Fitzroy Legal Service has signed an open letter to Hon Martin Pakula MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Racing, calling for a spent convictions scheme in Victoria.

Victoria is the only jurisdiction in Australia without legislation governing how old convictions are disclosed. And to make matters worse, there are no laws that make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of an irrelevant criminal record. Victorians who have committed minor offences and rehabilitated deserve a second chance.

Read our open letter here.


Quarterly News - April 2017

Welcome to the April 2017 quarterly news, our first edition for 2017. It has been a busy year so far for Fitzroy Legal Service. We've made submissions to the Victorian Government Inquiry into Drug Law Reform, to the Victorian Government Inquiry into the Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre Bill 2017, as well as to the City of Melbourne regarding their proposed amendments to homelessness in the CBD. We launched our 2017 ebook edition of The Law Handbook, we took part in Bridges to Harmony Festival, and on 1st April, we launched our Pozible campaign to #Saveourfriday due to Commonwealth funding cuts from 1 July 2017. 

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One of Australia’s first and busiest community legal services may have to close its doors on Friday nights in the face of major Commonwealth funding cuts.

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Commonwealth Funding Cuts to CLCs

We welcome the Victorian Government's call to the Commonwealth Government to reverse impending cuts to Community Legal Centres.

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Submission to Vic Govt Inquiry to Drug Law Reform

Our submission to the Victorian Government's Inquiry into Drug Law Reform highlights the failure of the current law and order approach to drug control to minimise the harms associated with drug use.  Read our submission here

Final submission_City of Melbourne

Homelessness is not a lifestyle choice but results from complex social inequalities. We provided a final submission to City of Melbourne regarding proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2009.   The Amending Law may reduce the visibility of the homeless but it will not reduce the number of homeless persons.  Our submission can be viewed here.

Submission to City of Melbourne regarding public camping in the CBD

The City of Melbourne Councillors will tonight be asked to vote on a proposed by-law change that would ban any type of public camping in the central business district (CBD) and also make it illegal for people to leave any item unattended in public.

We provided a submission to the City of Melbourne earlier today, strongly advocating against the proposed by-law change.

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Quarterly News - December 2016

Welcome to the December 2016 quarterly news, a snapshot of our work and the people who contribute to Fitzroy Legal Service.

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Legal action to stop children being transferred to Barwon adult jail

On Friday 2 December, a further Supreme Court case was launched against the Andrews government to ensure no child is transferred to Barwon maximum security adult prison.

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Fitzroy Legal Service publishes The Law Handbook 2017

Fitzroy Legal Service today published the 39th edition of The Law Handbook. The new edition of The Law Handbook contains updated entries for multiple areas of the law, and contains two new chapters: trade marks and sex work. The Law Handbook 2017 can be purchased from our online store or at our office at the Fitzroy Town Hall.

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