News & Events

Closing Fri 21 Dec reopening Mon 7 Jan

We will be closing for the new year period on Friday 21st December and reopening on Monday 7th January. If you need assistance during this time please call the Legal Help line on 1300 792 387.

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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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Reclaiming the Night to launch the Barwon Month of Action

On 26th October 2018, we joined communities across the Barwon region to advocate for the fundamental right of women to be safe and free from violence. Over fifty women, men and children marched through Seagull Paddock in North Geelong to Reclaim the Night before arriving at Diversitat Northern Hub for the official launch of the […]

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BCLS urges the City of Greater Geelong to sign the Mayoral Joint Statement regarding social security for our refugees and asylum seekers

In May 2015, the Department of Home Affairs announced that those who had entered Australia by boat as so-called unauthorised maritime arrivals between 13 August 2012 and 1 January 2014 would be invited to apply for Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV). Before this, those falling within this category were unable […]

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Respect Cup brings young people together to talk about dating violence and respectful relationships

This year we again partnered with services across the Barwon region to deliver the 2018 Respect Cup which brought ten schools and 150 students together for an interactive day of netball and workshops at the Kardinia Netball Complex. The event engages young people through combining interactive workshops which explore elements of respectful relationships with a […]

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Raising awareness of financial abuse as family violence in community

Not all intimate partner violence is physical. There is often financial control imposed within abusive relationships, and devastating, long-term financial impacts after leaving the relationship. Family violence survivors can inherit debt or poor credit ratings, lose property or have to deal with fines incurred by their abusive current or ex-partner. As part of the Barwon […]

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Sometimes one Emma just isn’t enough

How long have you been with BCLS and what drew you to the community legal sector? Emma C: I began volunteering at BCLS in early 2016 for the Seeking Refuge Project. I’m drawn to the community legal sector as I appreciate that in the public sector the focus is always directed to our clients first […]

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