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Call for state government to fund Aboriginal youth legal service

Call for state government to fund Aboriginal youth legal service

By Family Law section

Child Welfare Young Persons 


The LIV has written a letter to the Attorney-General Martin Pakula calling for recurrent, secure and separate funding to the Aboriginal Youth Legal Service known as Balit Ngulu,

Balit Ngulu currently provides integrated and culturally appropriate services to more than 100 Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children regarding youth justice, child protection, family law, and civil law matters.

Victoria's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are significantly over-represented in both the child protection and youth justice systems. They are incarcerated at 13 times the non-indigenous rate.

Balit Ngulu's service represents a crucial step towards creating safer communities and reducing the strain on Victoria's over-burdened child protection, youth justice and court systems.

Read the LIV's letter to the Attorney-General here (PDF).

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