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LIV calls on government to fund Balit Ngulu

LIV calls on government to fund Balit Ngulu

By Family Law Section

Child Welfare Young Persons 


The LIV has written to the Attorney-General Martin Pakula expressing concern at the closure of the Aboriginal Youth Legal Service known as Balit Ngulu because of a lack of government funding.

Balit Ngulu provided culturally appropriate legal help and assistance 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 was an invaluable tool in addressing this over-representation by providing each child with Client Service Officers and ensuring they were supported to maintain and strengthen their connection to culture and family.

The LIV reiterates the call it made in a July 2018 letter to the Victorian Attorney General to urgently allocate independent funding of at least $1 million and to make a commitment to provide ongoing and specific funding to Balit Ngulu.

Read the letter to the Attorney-General here.


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