Northern Community Legal Centre collaborates with other community organisations to address the structural barriers that disadvantage and discriminate. The Centre participates in a broad range of networks and partners with many organisations to support and deliver projects and services to the community.
The Victorian Legal Awards
The Victorian Legal Awards is the most prestigious legal awards program in Victoria. Northern Community Legal Centre was nominated as a finalist in The 15th Victorian Legal Awards in 2019 for Community Lawyer and Organisation of the Year Award.
Northern Community Legal Centre convenes the Hume Domestic and Family Violence Network. The Network was formed in 1992 and its membership is drawn from family violence service providers and government agencies working within the City of Hume. The purpose of the network is to coordinate a partnership response to family violence and to promote gender equality within the Hume community.
The Hume Domestic and Family Violence Network coordinates local events for Week Without Violence and is involved awareness raising events held during 16 Days of Activism and on White Ribbon Day and International Women’s Day.
Week Without Violence (WWV) is a global campaign to end violence against women. The campaign occurs in the third week of October, each year. Since 1999, the northern metropolitan region has had a proud history of participation in WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project, which focuses on raising awareness about family violence. For the 20th Anniversary of the Week Without Violence, we participated in video showcasing the work we do within the region.
Northern Community Legal Centre is a member of the steering committee for the Hume Community for Respect and Equality of Women (Hume CREW). Hume CREW is an alliance of community members and professionals from different sectors working together to build a culture of respect and equality for women in the City of Hume.
Northern Community Legal Centre has been proud to be part of Moreland Council's Gender Equality Commitment. Northern Community Legal Centre's Chief Executive Officer, discusses the power of gender equality to uplift community.
Northern Community Legal Centre participates in the Moreland Family Violence Network. The Network is a group of professionals who represent Moreland service providers and government agencies. The network aims to coordinate a partnership approach to raise awareness of family violence within the Moreland community, promote respect and equality and advocate on behalf of victims and survivors of family violence.
The Northern Community Legal Centre is a proud supporter of Poetry Corners. Poetry Corners is a small community group based in Craigieburn whose aim is to raise awareness of family violence through creative expression. In November of 2016 Poetry Corners hosted intensive poetry workshops for women from diverse backgrounds where poetry works on the issue of family violence were created. This project will culminate in a digital work entitled ONE IN THREE which will debut at Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery and will run over both International Women's Day and Harmony Day in Hume.
Northern Community Legal Centre participates in the Hume Community Safety Advisory Committee. The Committee’s focus is the 5 key areas of safety outlined in the Hume Community Safety Strategy; children and young people’s safety, family violence and women’s safety, crime prevention and urban design, safety of priority groups (indigenous community, older people, people with a disability, newly arrived migrants and the culturally and linguistically diverse community) and transport safety.
Northern Community Legal Centre is a member of the Family Violence Court Users’ Group for the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court. We regularly attend meetings with Magistrates, Victoria Police, Victoria Legal Aid and other court users to advocate for the interests of Family Violence Intervention Order applicants.
Northern Community Legal Centre commenced an exciting pilot project in 2017 with the support of the Broadmeadows Family Relationship Centre (FRC) to integrate parties in the Magistrates Court Family Violence List directly into family mediation where appropriate and where the risk is low.
The purpose of the project is to identify those cases in the family violence list where timely mediation with family law advice to both parties may resolve the central parenting dispute and deescalate any further family violence. There is a streamlined system that allows suitable parties to have access an FRC intake worker at court to be booked into mediation. The parties get priority family law advice before attending the mediation and will usually have a lawyer assisting at the mediation.
The Good People Act Now Project (GPAN) is a youth led, prevention of violence against women initiative, operating out of Banksia Gardens in Broadmeadows. The Northern Community Legal Centre was actively involved in the formation of GPAN and plays an ongoing role as a steering committee member of this innovative initiative.
Northern Community Legal Centre participates in the Hume Youth Commitment (HYC). The HYC is a partnership of schools, industry, education and community providers committed to higher youth retention rates in secondary schools and lower youth unemployment rates and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Northern Community Legal Centre participates in the Moreland Youth Commitment (MYC). MYC members are staff from schools, community organisations, local and state government agencies and industry representatives who are interested in working collaboratively to support improved education, employment and wellbeing outcomes for young people in the City of Moreland.
Newly Arrived and Refugee Communities
Staff from the Northern Community Legal Centre hold a role on the Oorja Foundation’s advisory board. The Oorja Foundation is a community based organization which was formed to address issues impacting on members of the Indian migrant community who are residing in the Hume LGA. Oorja focusses its work on issues of domestic violence, inter-generational conflict, child safety, elder abuse and social isolation.
Northern Community Legal Centre is a member of the Moreland Multicultural and Settlement Services Network. This network aims to; build relationships between settlement service providers, provide opportunity for service coordination in the multicultural sector and share settlement news, data, and new developments.
Northern Community Legal Centre provides free and confidential advice to Kangan English language students at Kangan Institute Broadmeadows. A lawyer and paralegal are on site to give advice and provide support to the students legal problems. Interpreting services available.
A Northern Community Legal Centre community lawyer regularly attends the Broadmeadows Adult Prevention and Recovery Care Service (PARC) and the Broadmeadows Community Care Unit (CCU) to assist clients leaving in-patient psychiatric care with their legal problems. We currently run a monthly drop-in advice service at the CCU for residents of both facilities.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following organisations: