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. Flat Out receives government funding through the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health and Ageing and occasional project funds from various sources to enhance its capacity to provide innovative and effective services and advocacy.
Flat Out leads and participates in research and community education, seeking to inform the community and other service providers about the issues that occur for women in the prison system. Through community involvement and education, advocacy and research, Flat Out works towards having a strong voice in the prison abolition movement in Australia, in the hope that eventually prisons will not be seen as a legitimate arm of the justice system, but will be viewed as an antiquated, cruel and ultimately ineffective institution.
- To support women who are exiting prison or who are at risk of being imprisoned, by providing access and referrals to appropriate and affordable transitional, supported, private, public or community housing.
- To provide and link women to appropriate support, education and information to re-establish them in the community post-release.
- To work with women to prevent their re-incarceration.
- Women are not imprisoned
- Women’s rights are understood and upheld
- There is a compassionate response to personal and social trauma
Management Collective and Employees
- Flat Out is governed by a Management Collective (Board) made up of 7 women from the community with skills in: finance and accounting, law, housing, individual support and advocacy, co-ops, policy and research, communication and grassroots community campaigns. The Flat Out Management Collective embraces fairness and equality through the essential roles of governance, management and leadership that are underpinned by a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and delegated authority.
- The Flat Out employee team consists of a Manager, Administration Resource Worker, Finance Officer, three Outreach, Support and Advocacy Workers, and the Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People Project Co-ordinator.
- Organisational exemptions for Flat Out below:
- VCAT exemption granted for Organisation and Governance by Women only_valid_to_3_April_2018
- VCAT exemptions granted for Women only and Indigenous Women only_valid_to_29 August_2017