All Submissions

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.

VALS submission to the Homelessness Working Group – Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) in response to A National Quality Framework to Support Quality Services for People Experiencing Homelessness Discussion Paper 2010

Further details, discussion papers and consulation reports for the National Quality Framework for services to people experiencing homelessness visit the FaHCSIA website

Submission on the Department of Justice’s Defensive Homicide: Proposals for Legislative Reform – Consultation Paper (2013)

Prepared by: This is a joint submission prepared by: Dr Debbie Kirkwood, Mandy McKenzie and Libby Eltringham (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria); Dr Danielle Tyson (Department of Criminology, School of Political & Social Inquiry, Monash University); Associate Professor Bronwyn Naylor (Faculty of Law, Monash University); Dr Chris Atmore (Federation of Community Legal Centres); and Sarah Capper (Victorian Women’s Trust).

Endorsed by VALS.