Quarterly News - October 2017

Welcome to our October e-news.   Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Fitzroy Legal Service.  Without the hundreds of individuals who give of their time and expertise each year, the Fitzroy Legal Service would be unable to provide the depth and breadth of services to our community that we are able to offer.    In our latest enews, we are proud to be able to profile two volunteers contributing in different ways, our continuing work assisting victims/survivors of family violence and an update on our litigation with Doctors for Refugees. 

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Employment opportunity - Principal Solicitor

An opportunity exists to join Fitzroy Legal Service in this important leadership position.   The Principal Solicitor role is offered as a 12 month maternity leave replacement.   For further details, download recruitment information here.   Applications close 5pm Friday 20th October 2017.

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Senior Community Lawyer, Neighbourhood Justice Centre

Applications are now open for the position of Senior Community Lawyer with the Fitzroy Legal Service.

The Senior Community Lawyer will lead, drive and monitor our services delivered at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC).  This position will contribute to NJC strategy, planning and evaluation activities, the ongoing development of the NJC model, and to ensuring that FLS participation is relevant to meeting community need and the objectives of the NJC.  

Recruitment information can be downloaded here.   Applications close 5pm Friday 15th September 2017.

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Quarterly News - June 2017

Welcome to our June quarterly e-news.  It has been a challenging year so far for community legal centres throughout Australia with the Commonwealth Government announcing funding cuts to the community legal sector, then overturning their decision after a nationwide campaign. We also signed an open letter to the Victorian Government calling for a need for a Spent Convictions Scheme, participated in Law Week activities and successfully reached our #saveourfriday campaign goal.  As we near the end of the financial year, please consider a tax-deductible donation to support our work.  


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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.