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Residents in outer-metropolitan areas have lower average income, poorer health and educational outcomes, lower employment participation rates and higher levels of youth disengagement than residents in inner-city areas. These indicators of disadvantage are compounded by relatively lower levels of physical and social infrastructure including ‘justice infrastructure’ of courts, legal services providers, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services and access to legal information and other early interventions. This report examines the challenges faced in Wyndham, a rapidly growing outermetropolitan area in Melbourne’s west, due to a lack of access to justice infrastructure. Wyndham has an old and inappropriate court building that does not meet the community’s needs, limited physical presence of Victoria Legal Aid (VLA), a single community legal centre (CLC) whose resources restrict its community outreach, a police station that cannot even accommodate its staff, and other significant challenges.

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