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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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Identifying Legal Issues & Finding Legal Help For Your Clients – Free Information Session

Law for Community Workers – FREE information session Identifying Legal Issues & Finding Legal Help For Your Clients Barwon Community Legal Service invites service providers and community workers to attend a FREE information session. This is an opportunity for new and existing workers to explore legal issues that affect your clients and members of our […]

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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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Meet Frankie – Social Work Student Profile

My name is Francisco Rodriguez (Frankie). I recently turned 25 and I was born in Los Angeles where I lived for most of my life. Born to a single Mexican Mum, we eventually moved back to Mexico when I was five months old, and returned to L.A. when I was five. Spanish was my first […]

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Success for our clients with Centrelink appeals

Our legal advice and assistance to client’s challenging Centrelink decisions at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has resulted in the reversal of two detrimental decisions recently. Both successful appeals have made a very meaningful impact on the lives of our clients who would otherwise be under severe financial strain and subsequent stress. Read about Jane* and […]

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Law Students get an education in Community Legal Centres

“My first days at BCLS consisted of a very quick and warm welcome followed by a very quick immersion into work. In just over a week I went from orientation to taking one-on-one interviews with clients and running my own files. Under the close supervision of the lawyers, I have already noticed an improvement in […]

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Rent Arrears – get help early

We have recently seen an influx in clients seeking assistance with rent arrears problems. As we move into the festive season, which can be a difficult time financially, we look at what you or your clients can do to stay out of trouble with rent arrears.   How to avoid getting into rent arrears   […]

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Notice of Annual General Meeting and Special General Meeting

Formal notice is given to all members of Barwon Community Legal Service Inc. of the 2016 Annual General Meeting: 4:00 – 5:00 PM Tuesday 13th December 2016 Barwon Community Legal Service Level 1, 63 Thomson Street Belmont VIC 3216 The AGM will be immediately followed by a Special General Meeting of members to contemplate the […]

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