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New partnerships lead to new knowledge.

This work is being undertaken within the framework of a broader project led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres which aims to improve the interplay between the 24 generalist and 25 specialist Community Legal Centres (CLCs) across Victoria, so that all CLC clients receive the expert assistance they need. The Project is funded and

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Thinking about volunteering at BCLS?

The end of 2017 and the start of 2018 saw us welcome several new Deakin Interns (Jessica, Chelsea and Ian) and Practical Legal Training (PLT) students (Jon, Helen, Shane, Daniel and Victor) to BCLS. Shane impressed us so much that he was offered a job at the end of his placement! We have also been

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Big wins for clients with big debts

Susan* had been on a Disability Support Pension (DSP) for almost 10 years until Centrelink conducted a review in late 2015. Due to huge medical advancements, Susan’s condition was significantly better than when she was first granted the DSP. As such, Susan did not now meet the 20 point requirement and her DSP was cut

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Revoking fines through perseverance and partnerships.

It is important to ensure that fines are issued correctly before people on no or little income commit to paying money that would be better put towards daily expenses. With the introduction of the new administrative body, Fines Victoria, it is now easier for people to view the evidence of their infringement online and request

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New Year, New Lawyers.

How long have you been with BCLS and what drew you to the community legal sector?   Shane: I started with BCLS as a PLT student in June 2017, then a volunteer, and then I was employed as a Community Lawyer from December 2017. I have always been drawn to working in the community sector,

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Tenancy Advice & Advocacy Program

IMPORTANT UPDATE We are regretfully closing our tenancy program from July 1, 2017 due to changes in funding allocations by Consumer Affairs Victoria. The exception is for Deakin University students who will continue to receive tenancy assistance through the Sort It partnership. From July 1, all other private tenancy-related matters should be referred to:  Diversitat (Geelong and

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Equality for all

As a Community Legal Centre we are committed to striving for equitable access to the legal system and justice, and the equal protection of human rights. We consider that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender

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Celebrating 30 Years!

On Friday 11th November we celebrated 30 years of the Barwon Community Legal Service assisting the community with an event for our staff, volunteers, board members and supporters both past and present.   An exciting part of the event was the screening of the new BCLS movie which showcases the work that we do for

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Dancing in the streets!

On Saturday 12 November, Barwon Community Legal Service joined staff from Bethany Community Support, Diversitat, City of Greater Geelong and a bunch of young people to stop traffic in Geelong CBD between Market Square and Westfield Shopping Centres. The group surprised unassuming shoppers with a Flash Mob dance in the street that was aimed at

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Flash Mob – Do you like to dance?

Would you and your friends like to be involved in a Flash Mob and help us raise awareness about respect and healthy relationships? All are welcome!  Meet at various rehearsal locations or view the movie to practice when it suits you!   Rehearsal location 1 – fOrT Youth Centre, Wed 4.45-5.45pm 19 Oct – Geelong

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Staff Profiles – Meet Jillian and Mikala

Meet Jillian Chapman and Mikala McIntyre, the editors of the BCLS newsletter. This highly competitive pair are passionate about social justice and enjoy working on projects that positively impact the lives of community members living in Barwon South West region.   Jillian is the Community Education and Development Coordinator at BCLS. Jillian’s role is to

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