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The VLRC is:

Established in 2000, the VLRC is an independent government funded organisation with the main aim to ensure that the legal system meets the needs and requirements of the Victorian Community.

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Role of VLRC 1:

Undertake research and makes recommendations for law reform on matters referred by the Victorian Attorney-General.

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Role of VLRC 2:

To develop, monitor and coordinate law reform in VIC

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Role of VLRC 3:

Recommend minor changes to the law without referral from the government

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Role of VLRC 4:

Educate the community on areas of law relevant to the commissions work

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Role of VLRC 5:

Suggest to the A-G that he or she refer law reform issues to the commission.

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Process:

1. Receive reference from A-G
2. Research
3. Submissions
4. Consultations
5. Interim or final report
6. A-G tables report to parliament
7. Parliament decides whether to implement changes

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Strengths of VLRC:

Government more likely to act on VLRC report as they asked the commission to investigate
Can gauge public opinion on issues through submissions
Able to investigate a law comprehensivly

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Weaknesses of VLRC:

Can only investigate issues referred to them by the government
No obligation for government to follow any of the recommendations
Investigations can be time consuming

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Example of VLRC project:

Laws regarding Family Violence
Referred by Attorney General in 2002

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Research on Family Violence:

86 submissions
Consultation with public and VIC police force

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Report:

Final report March 2006
Made 153 recommendations to improve the response to victims by police and courts.

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One key recommendation:

The introduction of a new 'Family Violence' act underpinned by a clear statement of the aims and purposes of the law.

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Legislative Change:

Family Violence Protection Act 2008

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