Making Access to Legal Services Fairer in St Albans

State Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP today announced CommUnity+ Services Ltd (Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre) will receive a $300,000 funding boost as part of a grants program under the Andrews Labor Government.

The $300,000 of funding over two years will help the CommUnity+ to provide vital legal assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in St Albans.

CommUnity+ will use the funding to:

  • Employ a Vietnamese-speaking community lawyer over two years to undertake community development activities to build stronger ties within the Vietnamese community and deliver additional effective Vietnamese-language legal advice and information.
  • Employ a family violence duty lawyer over two years to work one day per week at the Darley Maternal Child Health Centre and one day per week at the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court to provide duty lawyer services.
  • Continue to develop the Health Justice Partnership, established with Western health at Sunshine Hospital.

CommUnity+ is one of 38 community legal centres across Victoria to successfully apply for a grant under the funding programs, including the Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund, the Family Violence Duty Lawyer Fund, and the Community Legal Centre Family Violence Fund.

The grants – totaling $8.9 million – will help support more than 100,000 Victorians each year with free advice and support on a range of legal matters including family violence proceedings and family law disputes.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 provided $24.8 million in new funding to help community legal centres across the state to deliver critical legal services and advice to Victorians.

Quotes attributable to State Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP

“We’re proud to be delivering this funding to the CommUnity+ because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.”

“I congratulate CommUnity+ on their successful application, and thank them for its hard work and dedication to the St Albans community.”

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula 

“The Andrews Labor Government is making access to justice easier and fairer by supporting community legal centres across the state.”

“This funding will help community legal centres to deliver more family violence and legal support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.”

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