Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Improving processes

Actions from the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Improving processes

We will work with the Children’s and Magistrates’ Courts of Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services and others to ensure the system focuses on the needs of families.

Action 33

We will develop state-wide duty lawyer guidelines for the child protection duty lawyer service, with flexibility to accommodate different regional requirements.

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Action 34

We will develop a consistent allocations process across the state under which Victoria Legal Aid is responsible for referring children, young people and parents to a child protection lawyer and will introduce a condition for a child protection grant of legal assistance that the case was allocated by Victoria Legal Aid.

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Actio​n 35

The Victoria Legal Aid lawyer allocations process will include a preference to firms on both the Child Protection Panel and the Youth Crime Panel when referring children and young people. 

Status – implementation expected by 2018.

Action 36

The Victoria Legal Aid lawyer allocations processes will give Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children, young people and parents the choice of being represented by an Aboriginal legal service, where one is available.

Status – implementation expected by 2019. 

More information​

Read the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review final report (docx, 7.95 MB) for more information about these actions.

The report should be read jointly with the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Consultation and options paper (docx, 6.2 MB) and the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review – Environmental scan (docx, 738.01 KB).

Also see the summary of other actions of this review: