Youthlaw receives funding and support from a number of sources

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Government Funding

We receive core funding from the Commonwealth government and the Victorian state government through their joint Community Legal Service Program (CLSP).

In addition both the Federal & state governments have provided a number of one-off grants . From 2016 this includes 3 grants from the Victorian Government to enhance our family violence services . During 2022 we successfully applied for a number of government one off ( most 1 year , in one case  4 years) to maintain & expand our outreach program , to maintain & respond to young people with mental health issues and to deliver legal education to vulnerable young people ( over 2 years) about affirmative consent . In 2022 we also received 2 year funding from the Victorian Government to continue our innovative adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) program .

Non-gov’t funding   :

Youthlaw derives over half of its annual income from philanthropic and private sector sources as well as fundraising , donations & self generated income.

Over the past years our funders include :

  • Victorian Legal Service Board
  • Victoria Law Foundation
  • Kimberley Foundation
  • Gandel Foundation
  • Jack Brockoff Foundation
  • The Sydney Myer Foundation
  • Barr Family Foundation
  • Equity Trustees
  • RE Ross Trust
  • Streetmart
  • Ashurst ( hosting an annual trivia night & donations)
  • CBP law firm

Law Partnerships   :

Youthlaw has  strong  partnerships with a number of law firms including our longstanding partnership with Ashurst . They provide pro bono legal assistance to Youthlaw & our clients & assist in many other ways . From 2017 our law partnerships has increased markedly as they joined our Legal Pod Program.  Current firms are:

  • Ashurst
  • Colins Biggers Paisley
  • K&L Gates
  • Baker McKenzie
  • DLA Piper
  • Gilbert & Tobin
  • Holding & Redlich
  • Price Waterhouse Cooper ( PwC) in house lawyers
  • Russell Kennedy
  • Wisewould Mahony

In Kind support  :

Youthlaw has many in-kind supporters . The range and extent of their support has been crucial to maintaining a core office infratructure  & to delivery of our services across Victoria .

Over the past years this includes :

  • Melbourne City Mission  Frontyard Youth Services ( hosting Youthlaw clinics & providing desks  & the integrated platform to work together with other youth services. Previous to 2019 this also involved supporting & subsidising our co-location with Frontyard for over 17 years )
  • Ballarat Community Community Health & Federation University of Australia as partners with Youthlaw providing our  health justice legal service for young people in Ballarat.
  • Ballarat Community Health hosting our Stand Up for YOur RIghts Project staff as well our Ballarat Youthlaw Staff
  • 6 Headspace centres & 3 youth centres in outer urban & regional Victoria  hosting & referring young people to our outreach at these centres.
  • Youth Support Advocacy Service ( facilitates outreach to young people in a CBD drug detox centre
  • Konica Minolta – providing a high quality secondhand multiplex printer
  • Ashurst – A full-time secondee , pro bono assistance to Youthlaw & clients , facilities, stationary, archive storage & printing of annual report.
  • K & L Gates – Updating of Youthlaw online legal information.
  • CBP lawyers – Meeting facilities, substantial legal assistance with victims of crimes cases & facilitating assistance to find an office, legal advice on our leases and liaising with Konica Minolta to provide a printer.
  • RMIT University – Office space & management contribution to delivering on campus legal service for students .  Since December 2019 the University has provided Youthlaw a rent free office & many facilities at the RMIT Innovation Hub at Pelham St Carlton.
  • KPMG- Donation of headsets ( very handy during COVID )
  • Helen Thomas , psychologist , has provided at no cost , suicide prevention training & debriefing to staff

We also thank the  many individuals who have donated their time and skills & expertise at reduced price  including private lawyers, barristers, design experts & our many volunteers.