COVID-19 funding for community legal centres to boost local responses

COVID-19 funding for community legal centres to boost local responses

Monday, 29 June 2020

We welcome the state government’s significant funding boost for Aboriginal legal services and community legal centres (CLCs) as they to continue to assist the Victorian community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state government has confirmed the distribution of an additional $17.5 million dollars for frontline legal services for Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), Aboriginal legal services and CLCs.

In welcoming the funding, VLA CEO, Louise Glanville said, ‘this funding recognises the integral role CLCs play in providing essential and specialised services to their local communities.’

‘CLCs support Victorians to address a range of legal issues, including family violence matters, employment and social security rights, tenancy problems and debt.’

‘We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these issues for many Victorians, which is why timely and safe access to legal assistance is so important,’ said Ms Glanville.

Like VLA, CLCs have continued to deliver essential assistance during the pandemic, by shifting to phone-based or digital service delivery.

‘This funding will also assist the legal assistance sector to upgrade technology so they can provide more Victorians with the legal help and information they need,’ said Ms Glanville.

We look forward to continuing to work with the Federation of Community Legal Centres and CLCs right across the state to continue to deliver access to justice and community safety.

We are committing to three-year service agreements with CLCs to administer Commonwealth and state funding, as part of the Community Legal Services Program reform project.

‘These new, three-year agreements acknowledge the importance of funding certainty for CLCs, and demonstrate our commitment to supporting their vital work in providing access to justice for Victorians across the state,’ said Ms Glanville.

More information

Read our statement welcoming extra funding for the legal assistance pandemic response.

Read about the Community Legal Services Program reform project.

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