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Staying Safe Online

Staying safe online and navigating online behaviour can be tricky, but, there are resources that can help. The eSafety Commissioner is an independent government agency that aims to ‘empower all Australians to have safer, more positive online experiences’. Information to Help You Stay Safe Online  The eSafety Commissioner has a heap of resources that can:

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Position Statement on The Voice to Parliament Referendum

Barwon Community Legal Service wholeheartedly supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and supports a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming First Nations Voice to Parliament referendum. Our support for the ‘Yes’ vote is anchored in our vision for a just society where all people have equal access to, and status under the law and a

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Robodebt Royal Commission Findings

Between 2015 and 2019, the Robodebt scheme was responsible for raising Centrelink debts through an unlawful averaging process using Australian Taxation Office (ATO) income information. As a result of this, a Royal Commission was established in August 2022 tasked with looking at what happened and to come up with recommendations to ensure the same mistakes

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Sector-wide 10-Year Plan launched today

We’re excited to share the Victorian community legal sector’s 10-Year Plan, which was launched on 19 June. Building on 50 years of the community legal movement in Victoria, and developed by Victorian Community Legal Centres, collaborators, and the people and communities we work with, the Plan provides a roadmap for the sector to ensure meaningful

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To celebrate National Volunteer Week 2023 we interviewed our volunteer of 15 years, Pat Karnis, Barrister & Mediator at Victorian Bar (Foley’s List)

  Why did you decide to become a lawyer / barrister and what work were you doing previously?  My origin story is unusual. Previous to law I was working in hospitality. Part owner/cook, Quattro Stagioni Café, Lorne Fish n Chips, and Apollo Pizzeria. At one time, I ran those three businesses along the coast, in

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Negotiating family law property settlements

  Ending a relationship can be a challenging and emotional time for all concerned.  Getting legal and financial advice early will help to reduce anxiety and give clear guidance about what to expect moving forward.   What is a property settlement? When a couple separates, a family law property settlement directs how the assets of

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Separation and Divorce

The breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship can be a difficult and emotional time for everyone involved. In Australia, there are two legal processes: separation and divorce. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they actually have distinct legal meanings. Separation in Australia Separation happens when you and your partner stop living together

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MEDIA RELEASE: Despite an increase in family violence, legal services remain unfunded in Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court

Friday March 31, 2023 Despite an increase in family violence, legal services remain unfunded in Geelong Specialist Family Violence Court. Geelong is one of seven Magistrates’ Court jurisdictions to not have received funding to support victim-survivors and applicants attending the new Specialist Family Violence Court (SFVC). The objective of SFVCs is to improve the safety

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Child Support

Children are entitled to financial support from both parents, even if the parents are separated, or the child was a result of a short-term relationship.  The Child Support scheme is managed by Services Australia (Child Support), which was set up by the Commonwealth Government as a free system to assess how much child support should

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