Special Projects

 Family Law to Family Violence Continuity of Service Delivery

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. has received funding from Victoria Legal Aid to conduct the Family Law to Family Violence Continuity of Service Delivery Pilot. This two year pilot will enable PCLC to provide ongoing  family  law casework services for separating parties, particularly parents who are applicants or respondents to Family Violence Intervention Order matters at the Magistrates’ Court/s.  Family Law Duty services will be provided at the Magistrates Court to assist clients to navigate the family law system with issues such as children and property matters with continuing support provided through family dispute resolution or at the Commonwealth family law courts. Services will be targeted to priority clients in accordance with VLA guidelines.

In addition PCLC will provide advice and information services, referrals , community legal education, community development and law reform activities.

Integrating Legal Services into the school communities of vulnerable and disadvantaged suburbs

Integrating legal services into the school communities of vulnerable and disadvantaged suburbs is a innovative project funded by the Ian Potter Foundation. The Foundation is  one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the Arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a healthy, vibrant and fair community for the benefit of all Australians.  This 12 month pilot will support PCLC to design , implement and evaluate a on-site legal service in two Frankston North primary schools targeting  vulnerable and  disadvantaged family members. A  range of legal education activities will also be developed and delivered to the secondary school students and families of Frankston North to improve understanding of legal issues and increase engagement with the legal assistance sector.

Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme

PCLC has received  funding  from the Legal Services Board  to integrate the Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme into Melbourne’s Southern region.

The Work and Development Permit (WDP) Scheme allows eligible people to ‘work off’ their unpaid fines.  A health practitioner or an organisation can become an accredited ‘sponsor’ online through Fines Victoria.  A sponsor can provide treatment, courses or other activities so that the time a client spends engaged in a sponsor’s service counts towards clearing this debt.

WDP Information Package   for sponsors and clients.

WDP Client Brochure

Contact Laura Sanderson (Project Worker at PCLC) on (03) 9783 3600 or lsanderson@pclc.org.au if you are interested in knowing more about the WDP Scheme.

Laura is responsible for assisting clients and sponsors with the WDP process.