Making access to legal services fairer in Whittlesea

The Andrews Government today announced Whittlesea Community Connections Inc will receive a funding boost to provide legal services to disadvantaged residents.

Labor MPs Danielle Green, Bronwyn Halfpenny and Lily D’Ambrosio said $200,000 of extra funding over two years will assist Whittlesea Community Connections to provide vital legal assistance to vulnerable people in the northern suburbs.

Whittlesea Community Connections will use part of the funds to extend the hours of two part-time outreach lawyers to expand and diversify Whittlesea Community Connections’ outreach services.

In addition, they will employ a family violence lawyer to continue to expand family violence legal assistance and provide community legal education on family violence.

Ms Green said the funding was needed to ensure people from disadvantaged backgrounds can access legal advice when needed.

“We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Whittlesea Community Connections because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most,” Ms Green said.

Ms Halfpenny said Whittlesea Community Connections had a proven record helping people with legal advice.

“I congratulate Whittlesea Community Connections on their successful application, and thank them for its hard work and dedication to people living in the northern suburbs,” Ms Halfpenny said.

Ms D’Ambrosio said the Andrews 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,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Whittlesea Community Connections 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 – totalling $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.

 

Media contact Brian O’Connor 9432-9782 | brian.o’connor@parliament.vic.gov.au