Sector Innovation and Planning Committee

Sector Innovation and Planning Committee

The Sector Innovation and Planning Committee (SIPC) is a multidisciplinary advisory group formed under the Legal Aid Act 1978 (Vic). It replaces the Community Consultative Committee and is an important part of our commitment to support disadvantaged Victorians. The committee includes private practitioners, members from community legal centres and members with experience in Indigenous organisations.

The committee will provide advice on the following:

  • legal assistance sector reform and innovation
  • a framework for legal assistance sector planning 
  • individual case scenarios submitted to the committee for advice
  • any other matter referred to the committee.

Committee members

Allegra Walsh, Director of Criminal Justice Operations at the Department of Justice and Community Safety

Dan Nicholson, Executive Director of Criminal Law Services at VLA

Eleanore Fritze, Senior Lawyer in Civil Justice at VLA

Freia Carlton, Manager of Family Dispute Resolution Service at VLA

Helena Maher, Policy and Advocacy Manager at the College of Emergency Medicine and Board Director of Co-health

Indi Clarke, Manager at Koorie Youth Council

Joanna Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Jon Cina, Associate Director of Access and Equity at VLA

Josh Taaffe, Partner and In-house Counsel, Doogue and George Defence Lawyers

Lee Carnie, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre

Mark Madden, Deputy Director at the Centre for Innovative Justice at RMIT University

Meena Singh, Director of Legal and Client Services, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Serina McDuff, Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria

Suzie Forell, Research Director at Health Justice Australia.

Victoria Legal Aid staff

Khoi Cao-Lam, Manager, Client Access

Jessica Bird, Service Designer, Client Access

Olivia Bakyew, Project Officer, Client Access.

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