Members and friends of VALBEC are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Council and a presentation by Magistrate Therese McCarthy.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6.00pm

Dinner afterwards at own expense

St Georges Restaurant, Melbourne Polytechnic,

77 St Georges Rd Preston



Annual General Meeting

The AGM will involve presentation of reports on the 2018 VALBEC year and the election of the new Executive committee for 2019 – 2020.

The agenda for the AGM is:

1. Reports

  • Presidents
  • Conference
  • Professional Development
  • ACAL
  • Treasurer

2. Election of new office bearers.

3. Confirmation of Auditor.

VALBEC Committee nominations

The VALBEC committee is a dynamic and collaborative group who meet once a month to discuss, plan and take action on behalf of members and the ALBE field. Nominations to be forwarded to the returning officer before the meeting.

Presentation: ‘Education and family violence’

Magistrate Therese McCarthy will talk about the positive impact of education for vulnerable people including young people and victims of family violence.

Therese McCarthy was appointed a Victorian Magistrate in February 2017. She is the lead family violence magistrate for the Western Region of Melbourne. Prior to being appointed to the court, Therese was a Victorian barrister who practiced in Public Law, Administrative Law, Equal Opportunity, Discrimination and Human Rights, Family Law and guardianship and administration.

Prior to studying law, Therese worked as a consultant to courts and a range of government agencies, family violence services other community agencies in Australia and overseas on organizational responses to vulnerable people.

Therese has also worked as a Prosecutor, Commonwealth Director, Public Prosecutions; Legal Associate to Justices Brown and Bennett, Family Court of Australia; Consultant to International Criminal Tribunal, Former Yugoslavia (UN); Consultant to Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN, Syria); Consultant to Director, Public Prosecutions, Papua New Guinea; human rights trainer with NGOs in Pakistan, with a particular focus on the rule of law and ending impunity as it relates to violence against women.

Therese has a strong commitment to Human Rights and ending violence against women and children.