Secure tenancy is often identified as an essential precursor in preventing the slide into crisis for community members. As a consequence, the VALS civil law practice prioritises tenancy matters as a key measure in reducing the factors that contribute to the over representation of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system. Accordingly, the VALS is well placed to identify the impact of the current legislative regime on the Victorian Aboriginal Community. More info
On 5 August 2015 a discussion paper was released on by the State Government outlining a proposed scheme to compensate for physical, sexual and psychological abuse suffered while in an institution as a child.
The proposed scheme would be available to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants.
Included in the discussion paper was a recommendation that Aboriginal people in Victoria should also be eligible for redress for cultural loss/ cultural abuse that occurred as well (the Stolen Generations).
This submission reflects the views of staff and community members who attended forums conducted in communities and prisons on this issue, plus some interviews conducted by Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit students.
The State Government Department of Justice will be considering the large number of submissions received on this matter from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies.
They will then be making recommendations to the appropriate Ministers and making some decisions.
Please check back for updates or contact the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.