Past Projects - Barwon Community Legal Service

Past Projects

Project Dates:  October 2018 – March 2020

Project Partners: JobWatch and Goulbourn Valley Community Legal Centre

Project Funding: Victorian Legal Aid via Industrial Relations Victoria

About the Project

Our role within the TWVP was to help temporary work visa holders in the Barwon South West region to better understand their work rights.   During the project, legal education and advice were offered to working holiday makers and international students in the region.

A marketing campaign was conducted to encourage temporary work visa holders to speak up and seek legal advice about their work conditions.  The campaign included community billboards, mail outs to accommodation providers, a dedicated facebook page and a television commercial was created and aired on Channel 31 during December 2019 – January 2020.

You can read more about the outcomes of this project here:

For more information about this project please contact Sharon in the community team.

Project Dates:  2019

Project Partners: Geelong Illustrators

Project Funding: Victoria Law Foundation and City of Greater Geelong

About the Project

‘Portraits of Justice’ was an innovative community legal education and art project to help young people in Geelong understand legal issues and the free local services that can help them.

Working with local artists’ collective, Geelong Illustrators, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds were supported to create a portrait of a local person who provides services for young people within the justice system.  Portraits were created during live sittings, through a discussion about what ‘justice’ means to young people today, and what legal services and solutions are available in the local area.

The portraits were showcased in an exhibition at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre and have been included in the legal help referral booklet that has been created for young people.

For more information about this project contact Shane Foyster in our legal team.

Project Dates:  Stage 1: 2016-2017

Project Partners: Bellarine for Refugees, Refugee Legal and BCLS

Project Funding: Grant from R.E. Ross Trust and Crowdfunding Campaign

About the Project

The Seeking Refuge Project (SRP) was established to help Asylum Seekers who arrived by boat between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014 to apply for a Protection Visa and navigate the complex ‘Fast Track’ assessment process.

70 volunteers were recruited and helped 76 Asylum Seekers to complete their Protection Visa applications.  In addition more than $80,000 was raised via a crowdfunding campaign to enable the SRP to employ professional interpreters to ensure that Asylum Seekers and volunteers could understand each other.

At the conclusion of Stage 1 of the project, we had received advice from 11 clients that they had been successful in obtaining protection visas. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is continuing the process of assessing the remaining applications.

You can read more about the Seeking Refugee Project here.

For more information about this project contact Mandi in our legal team.

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