Our Reach

Our Reach

We are committed to being flexible, innovative and responsive to address the complex legal needs of our clients and communities across a broad geographical area.

Branch Offices

1. Frankston Head Office
2. Bentleigh
3. Cranbourne
4. Frankston North
5. Rosebud

Community Venues

6. Casey North Community Information
& Support Service, Narre Warren
7. Chelsea Community Support & Information Service
8. Living & Learning Centre Inc. Pakenham
9. Salvation Army Crisis Centre, St Kilda
10. Westall Community Hub, Clayton South
11. Westernport Community Support Service, Hastings

Hospitals/Heath Settings

12. Peninsula Health, Frankston
13. Glenhuntly Maternal Child & Health
14. YParc Youth Prevention & Recovery, Frankston

Courts/Tribunals

15. Frankston Magistrates Court
16. Federal Circuit/Family Court Dandenong
17. Moorabbin Justice Centre
18. Victoria Civil & Administrative Tribunal – Dandenong
19. Victoria Civil & Administrative Tribunal – Frankston
20. Victoria Civil & Administrative Tribunal – Dromana
21. Victoria Civil & Administrative Tribunal – Moorabbin

Schools

22. Aldercourt Primary School, Frankston North
23. Mahogany Rise Primary School, Frankston North

Government

24. Department of Justice – Dandenong

Community Legal Education and Law Reform

Our main law reform focus this year has been our submission to the ‘Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System’ and our ongoing work relating to the infringement system in Victoria.

Over some time, and in collaboration with others in the legal assistance sector, we have identified priority areas of legal need. This has meant, as a service, we have needed to imagine and develop innovative and creative ways to reach those members of our community most in need.

We regularly provide community legal education to family violence workers and support groups, school students, separating parents, seniors groups, tenants and people at risk of homelessness.

Through our partnerships with two local schools in Frankston North, we provided talks to raise legal awareness and knowledge of available legal services to teachers, parents and students. In collaboration with VLA, Victoria Police, The Magistrates’ Court and Department of Health and Human Services, we held a Family Violence Forum for Family Violence Workers. PCLC participated in the panel which illustrated the roles played and services provided by duty lawyers, applicant and respondent workers and DHHS workers. We were also fortunate enough to have His Honour, Mr Gerard Lethbridge, provide a Magistrate’s perspective of the family violence matters coming before
the Court.

Our main law reform focus this year has been our submission to the ‘Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Family Law System’ and our ongoing work relating to the infringement system in Victoria. Further to that, we have collaborated with other centres by endorsing and supporting submissions and letters regarding mandatory sentencing, body-worn cameras by Victoria Police and the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s review of the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1996.

We extend our congratulations to all the caseworkers at PCLC. The work they do is vitally important to our community and assists individuals and groups to relate and interact with the legal system. Their commitment and dedication is outstanding and greatly appreciated.


PCLC – Annual Report