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Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service to discuss Treaty and Justice in free webinar
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service is hosting an Invasion Day Webinar on Thursday January 25 to discuss Treaty and justice....
Dechlan Brennan 24 Jan 2024
Family of Noongar man who died in police custody in Victoria seeks answers
This article contains an image and information of a person who has died.  The family of 28-year-old Noongar man Jeffrey Winmar...
Dechlan Brennan 21 Nov 2023
VALS seeks donations after 50 years of supporting Indigenous Victorians
The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is celebrating 50 years of helping the Indigenous community of Victoria. Coincid...
Dechlan Brennan 16 Oct 2023
Victorian government backflips on youth bail reforms
The Victorian government has reneged on a promise to make it easier for young people accused of crimes to receive bail, despite...
Dechlan Brennan 5 Oct 2023
Inquest into death of 12-year-old Indigenous girl in state care urges greater communication between agencies
The father of a young Indigenous girl who passed away in hospital in 2019 whilst in out-of-home care said he hopes the changes r...
Dechlan Brennan 8 Sep 2023
Daniel Andrews fails to commit to reform timeframe laid out in Yoorrook report

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews cast doubt on the likelihood his government will deliver reforms within the time frame recommended by the Yoorrook Justice Commission in their inte...

Dechlan Brennan Sep 5, 2023
"Diverse opinions are going to make sure that we have a better outcome at the end": Nerita Waight on VALS and her new role in the Assembly

As CEO of the Victorian Legal Service (VALS), Nerita Waight has been one of the drivers towards justice for First Nations people in the Victorian legal system. Quoted regularly in...

Dechlan Brennan Aug 25, 2023
24/7 lifeline for mob in custody needs Victorian government support to continue

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is working to ensure that Indigenous community members in custody have access to culturally safe and accessible support, through its C...

Giovanni Torre Jul 14, 2023
Health peak body urges Federal government to lower pension age for Indigenous people

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has honoured NAIDOC Week’s theme - For Our Elders - by calling on the Federal Government to take "decisiv...

Giovanni Torre Jul 3, 2023
Calls for independent police oversight in Victoria grow louder

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service has renewed its call to strengthen police oversight measures in the state to end abuses of power.  A 2022 report from Victoria’s Independent...

Jarred Cross Jun 29, 2023
Aboriginal Community Justice Reports aim to drive truth-telling, empowerment and rehabilitation

A pilot project focused on improving sentencing outcomes for Aboriginal people is changing the way Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service clients engage with the court system. The Abor...

Giovanni Torre Jun 27, 2023
Victoria’s Sentencing Advisory Council urges sweeping reforms of state's "good behaviour orders" system

Victoria’s Sentencing Advisory Council has made 26 recommendations for the improvement of the state’s second-most common sentencing orders: Adjourned undertakings.The undertakings,...

Giovanni Torre Jun 27, 2023
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service urges "transformational, systemic change" from police

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service has renewed calls for systemic change to the state's police and justice system after revelations regarding training material and timelines at...

Giovanni Torre May 11, 2023
"I see why people leave": Aboriginal legal service staff are struggling to do their mob justice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services are crumbling under the pressures of rising case and client numbers on shoestring budgets, according to those tasked with the c...

Jarred Cross May 5, 2023
Aboriginal legal services nationwide to hold public online forum today on funding crisis

Aboriginal legal services from across Australia are hosting an online town hall discussion today, Wednesday 3 May, on why the Federal Government needs to provide emergency assistan...

Giovanni Torre May 3, 2023
Victorian government to raise age of criminal responsibility but fall short of expert standard

Victoria will raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12, with a view to raising it to 14 within four years, after state cabinet approved the plan on Monday afternoon.O...

Alliance of justice, health and faith groups urges Victorian government to raise the age

A group of 60 organisations in the Aboriginal, legal, health, faith, youth, and human rights sectors has urged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to immediately raise the criminal ag...

Decision in landmark aged pension case expected later this year

A decision from the full Federal Court is expected later this year in the case brought by Wakka Wakka man Uncle Dennis arguing for the pension age to be lowered for Aboriginal peop...

Nina Hendy Mar 2, 2023
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