Through our Grants Program we support legal projects that reach out to the community, engage Victorians with the law or provide better legal information. One of our grant priorities is supporting legal information projects that help Victorians understand the law.
In our last grant round, Youthlaw received a General Grant to develop factsheets and webinars for youth workers about new Victorian 'failure to disclose' and 'failure to protect' laws. In response to frequent queries from workers in the youth sector, teachers and counsellors, Youthlaw is developing training and resources about these new laws.
‘As with all Youthlaw factsheets, we will aim to provide information that is specific to need and expressed in plain language,’ explains Ariel Couchman from Youthlaw.
Women’s Information and Referral Exchange also received a grant to produce legal information. They published two new family law–related information booklets, Leaving a relationship and Separation and property. These booklets were produced to help women understand the legal processes involved in separation.
‘Women are often overwhelmed by the process of separating and leaving a relationship. It’s nearly always emotional but can also involve complex legal decision-making. Women can take home these simple, easy-to-read booklets and read them when and where they want,’ said Chief Executive Officer, Julie Kun.
This year our focus is on supporting legal information projects and Law Week events that will help Victorians understand the law. Our Small Grants program is now open and accepting applications.