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Services and info for clients about migration issues for prisoners

Information about resources for clients such as the mandatory visa cancellation kit.

Mandatory visa cancellation kit

Self-help kit for prisoners

This kit has been developed by VLA's Migration team to assist prisoners whose visas have been mandatorily cancelled to draft their own responses to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) seeking to revoke the decision.

The kit includes fact sheets explaining the new mandatory cancellation process and how to prepare a response to DHA, an FOI request to Corrections Victoria, a suggested list of supporting documentation and a guide to writing a letter in support. The kit also includes a flowchart which clearly sets out the circumstances in which a person who is currently serving a prison sentence will have their mandatorily visa cancelled by DHA.

See VLA website's Find legal answers—Mandatory visa cancellations(opens in a new window).

Corrections Victoria

This business unit of Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for setting the direction, management and operation of Victoria's corrections system. Corrections Victoria's website, Corrections, prisons and parole has information about the governance of prisons in Victoria.

See Corrections, Prisons & Parole(opens in a new window).

Ombudsman Victoria

The ombudsman site has a fact sheet to explain how prisoners can make a complaint about the prison system. Prisoners can call the Ombudsman directly. To do this the prisoner has to enter their ID, their PIN and then dial '*#06'.

See Victorian Ombudsman—Prisons(opens in a new window).

Prison law org

This site, originally created by the Mental Health Legal Service, has information to support prisoners and their families. The site has a series of factsheets about going to prison, being searched, classification, visits, prison rules, discipline, medical treatment, drug and alcohol testing, freedom of information, complaints and prisoner rights.

See Prison in a new window)

The Law Handbook

Fitzroy Legal Service's handbook has a chapter to explain the laws that apply to prisoners in Victoria.

See Imprisonment, supervision and prisoner rights(opens in a new window).

Flat Out Inc.

Flat Out is a state–wide advocacy and support service for women who have had contact with the criminal justice and/or prison system in Victoria. They provide individualised support for women (with or without children) to address homelessness, drug and alcohol treatment and a range of other support and advocacy aimed at addressing the underlying causes of criminalisation. The content is undated.

See Flat Out(opens in a new window).

Australian Human Rights Commission

The commission has a fact sheet that has information about some of the human rights issues that prisoners face during and after they are in prison such as the loss of voting rights and discrimination on the basis of a criminal record.

See AHRC—Human Rights and Prisoners(opens in a new window).

Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)

VACRO aims to help people who have been released from prison to ease the transition back into community life. To do this, they assist with reunification with family and work with offenders to establish a stable base that includes accommodation and employment.

See Victorian Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (VACRO)(opens in a new window).

Law Institute Victoria

The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Legal Referral Service provides client referrals to lawyers across Victoria. The referral service operates a telephone service during business hours and an online service through the LIV website.

Referrals are tailored to meet client needs and provide a listing of up to three law firms practising in a particular area of law. All law firms participating in the referral service undertake to see clients for the first 30 minutes free of charge. Normal fees are charged after the first 30 minutes or if work needs to be prepared on the client’s behalf.

Phone (03) 9607 9550

See Law Institute Victoria—Legal Referral Service(opens in a new window).

This is VLA's online referral booking and information tool.

See Legal Help Online (Orbit(opens in a new window)).

Court, CLC, FRC and VLA panels locator

Use Toby's maps to locate community legal centres, courts and private lawyers on the Victoria Legal Aid panel. Search for a list of services near where the caller lives. Search by postcode, name of organisation, phone number or suburb. Tick/untick the boxes to select the search categories.

Do not hit enter to avoid searching globally. Hit F5 to undo this global search.

See Google maps link for CLCs and 29A panellists(opens in a new window).

For Generalist CLCs and Local Government Agencies see Google maps link for General CLCs(opens in a new window).