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Employment Law Explained

Our community lawyer, Shane Foyster, spoke to Tom and Loggy on K-Rock about employment rights and COVID-19.  

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We Talk Centrelink on K-Rock

Our community Lawyer, Emma Cvitak, talked to Stampsy and Josh on K-Rock about Centrelink, and answered these common questions arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. – I’ve lost my job because of COVID-19, what Centrelink payments am I eligible for? – Does my partner’s income and assets matter? – So you’ve figured out which payment […]

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Please call us if you need legal help.

We are now delivering all our services by phone, including duty lawyer services at Geelong and Colac Magistrate’s courts. Please call 1300 430 599 if you need legal help, we are here for you.

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Services Update – COVID-19 Response

The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant health threat to people across the globe. As the nature of the outbreak changes, the response from relevant authorities is evolving accordingly. BCLS will continue to provide legal help and support services to our community members as best we can.  Our clients, staff and volunteers are […]

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Demystifying the law through community legal education – Portraits of Justice 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. Throughout a series of workshops, young people from a diverse range of backgrounds met with a range of local legal professionals who discussed their role […]

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SAFEStreets: A youth-led crime prevention education and awareness campaign

Young people at risk offending will soon have the chance to co-design an education campaign aimed at increasing young people’s understanding of the Victorian Justice system. SAFEStreets will be delivered in two phases – the first a co-design process led by young people in partnership with key stakeholders in the justice system.  Through this process […]

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Our School Lawyer Program arrives at Western Heights College 

We have partnered with Western Heights College to establish a school lawyer program. Damien Pitts of BCLS is the school lawyer and is part of Western Height’s well-being team, which includes a school nurse, psychologist, and chaplain. Damien is at Western Heights every Wednesday and Friday. All Western Heights students are  welcome to see Damien […]

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Don’t ignore your fines and infringements – get help early to avoid paying more

Did you know that the longer you leave an infringement notice (a fine), the more serious it can become? Get legal help early and don’t leave it too late. There are a number of ways you can receive a fine. Some examples of common fines are: Speeding or red light fines – issued by a […]

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Our holistic Family Violence Service – Cassandra’s story

Not only can we assist a client to apply for and obtain a Family Violence Intervention Order but we can also help with associated legal problems such as fines, consumer debt and Centrelink. Cassandra* is a single mum of two primary school aged children. Cassandra called us a couple of days after making her application […]

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Meet our new lawyers at BCLS – Damien and Alex

Both of the newest members of our team have significant experience within the sector and most recently working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and in remote communities. How long have you been with BCLS? Damien: Two and a half months. Alex: While I have only been at BCLS for the last six months […]

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