Liberty Victoria's Rights Advocacy Project

Owning Institution:

States of refuge: Access to health, housing and education for people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia

The aim of this report is to illustrate ways in which state and territory governments might safeguard some of the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

Justice diverted? Prosecutorial discretion and and the use of diversion schemes in Victoria

This report analyses the diversion schemes currently operating in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria.
Discussion paper

Protecting survivors’ most sensitive information: a sexual assault counselling privilege for family law

This paper responds to the Australian Law Reform Commission Review of the Family Law System. In particular, it addresses question 25 in the issues paper released in March 2018 - how should the family law system address misuse of process as a form of abuse...

Playing God: the immigration minister's unrestrained power

As this report reveals, ministers now exercise power that is mostly beyond the review of judges. Such power should be exercised humanely and in accordance with morality, not absolute law. Yet, this report reveals that this is no longer the case.
Policy report

A legislated spent convictions scheme for Victoria: recommendations for reform

In Victoria, police decide what to disclose in a criminal record check. These checks go to employers, housing providers and insurance companies. With a conviction, these checks can be a roadblock to accessing all manner of life’s necessities. And it doesn’t just impact serious offenders...