We make policy and law reform submissions as part of our efforts to represent the concerns of our clients and promote social justice for the wider community.

2021

Unlawful Activity – Changes to the Governance Standards for Registered Charities

We made a submission to the Department of Treasury outlining concerns with proposed changes to Governance Standards for Registered Charities.


2020

Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Homelessness in Victoria

We made a submission to this Inquiry containing nineteen recommendations.

Inquiry into use of Cannabis in Victoria, Legislative Council Legal & Social Issues Committee

Our submission highlighted that the criminal justice system fails, and manifestly has done so over decades, despite enormous and blind commitment and investment, to deliver to Victorians meaningful public health outcomes in the context of the ‘war on drugs’. 

Inquiry into the Victorian Government’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We provided a submission in relation to impacts on the communities we serve, who are facing the burdens of the pandemic and associated measures within a frame of significant economic, social and health-based disadvantage. The social determinants of health and risk factors are not static and for many, the COVID conditions have amplified the impact of particular or intersecting determinants, such as stress, addiction/ drug or alcohol ...

dependence.


2019

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Terms of Reference
Our submission addressing the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System.
Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System – Women’s Leadership Group submission

We supported the development of a submission by the Women Transforming Justice Project Women’s Leadership Group, to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Our submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System


2018

Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System
In partnership with the Darebin Community Legal Centre we provided a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Review of the Family Law System.  For users of the system who come from vulnerable and marginalised sectors of society, the formality, inflexibility and lack of cultural competence of the system combine to create substantial barriers to access at what is often the most difficult time of their lives.

2017

Victorian Government’s Inquiry into Drug Law Reform
Submission to the Victorian Government's Inquiry into Drug Law Reform highlighting the failure of the current law and order approach to drug control in minimising harms associated with drug use.
Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee
Our submission to the Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee was focused on the proposed sites to be affected - Gronn Place Estate (Brunswick West), Bellbardia and Tarakan Estates (Heidelberg West) and Walker Street Estate (Northcote)
Inquiry into the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Pilot Medically Supervised Injecting Centre) Bill 2017
Our submission addresses the terms of reference of this inquiry through the framework of the recommendations outlined in the report of Coroner Hawkins in relation to the Inquest into the Death of Ms A.
Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program
We supported a joint submission with a number of Community Legal Centres to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Public Housing Renewal Program.
Homelessness in the City of Melbourne and proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2009
Submission to the City of Melbourne regarding proposed amendments to the Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2009.   The Amending Law may reduce the visibility of the homeless but it will not reduce the number of homeless persons.