Advisory group contributes to development of clearer family law guidelines

Advisory group contributes to development of clearer family law guidelines

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Victoria Legal Aid has established an advisory group to develop clearer and more consistent family law guidelines following a call for expressions of interest earlier this year.

The advisory group comprises 19 practitioners from Victoria Legal Aid, community legal centres and private firms providing legally aided family law services.

Working together in a series of meetings held over the next six weeks, the advisory group will assist us to develop revised guidelines that set out the current eligibility criteria and the grant objectives underlying them, in a simpler and more user-friendly way. The aim is not to make changes that expand or restrict eligibility for aid, but to make it easier for practitioners to assess whether a person is eligible for aid with greater certainty and consistency. This will help ensure vulnerable people are referred appropriately.

We will be seeking wider input from practitioners, service providers and the general public on the draft produced by the advisory group, in August this year. The practitioners who have generously agreed to contribute their time and expertise to the work of the advisory group are:

Private practitioners

  • Marlene Ebejer, Ebejer and Associates, Werribee office
  • Jennifer McInnes, Connley McInnes Lawyers, Sale
  • Joe Mamome, sole practitioner, Shepparton
  • Kay Martin, Martin, Irwin and Richards, Mildura
  • Alison Trapski, Trapski Family Law, Point Cook
  • Leanne Abela, Pearsons Lawyers, Glenroy office
  • Don Lampe and Susan Ilias, Lampe Family Lawyers, Melbourne office
  • Peter Lynch, sole practitioner, Preston.

CLC practitioners

  • Helen Matthews, Women’s Legal Service Victoria
  • Kim Avers, Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service, Mildura
  • Sarah Rodgers/Allison Maher, Hume Riverina Community Legal Service, Wodonga
  • Jessica de Vries, Inner Melbourne Legal Service.

Victoria Legal Aid staff

  • Lauren Galvin, Melbourne
  • Annette Murray, Melbourne
  • Asha Prasad, Dandenong
  • Cameron Ford, Ballarat
  • RoseMarie Holland, Bendigo
  • Nerida Mulvey, Ringwood.

A staff member from the Family Law team in Assignments will also attend the meetings.

More information

If you have any questions about the project, or would be liked to be included in the wider consultation, contact Project Manager Catherine Caruana on (03) 9269 0371.