News & Events

New Community Legal Education and Development worker at BCLS!

Alex Jones has joined BCLS as the new Community Legal Education and Development Worker. Alex has recently returned back home to Geelong after spending the last three and a half years in Darwin working in the Community Legal Education team at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. We offer free community legal education and information […]

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Helping community workers become legal issue spotters

On Thursday 22 February 2018, twenty community workers from organisations ranging from Colac to Corio came to BCLS for our training session ‘Law for Community Workers: Identifying Legal Issues & Finding Legal Help For Your Clients.’ The group was diverse and included Health and Disability Workers, Counsellors and Social Workers and staff from Retirement Villages. […]

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Two weeks in the life…

  I came to this position expecting to be inundated by calls and complex paperwork, however, I was pleasantly surprised to be working in such a supportive and manageable team. I primarily worked alongside Charmaine who knows everything there is to know about the service and very happily showed me the ropes. In the event […]

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Elsie’s Secondment

BCLS often works with other Victorian and National Legal Centres. Last year over 9 weeks from August to October, an informal training secondment program was set up between BCLS and Social Security Rights Victoria*. Our lawyer, Elsie Stokie, trekked to Melbourne for a day each week to experience a barrage of social security problems and […]

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Seeking Refuge Project Stage 1 Complete

The Seeking Refuge Project (SRP) is a partnership between local group Bellarine for Refugees, Refugee Legal and BCLS. The project has been in operation since January 2016 with Marijana Hawkins coordinating as the Project Worker for two days a week. The SRP has assisted Asylum Seekers who arrived by boat between 13 August 2012 and […]

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New partnerships lead to new knowledge.

This work is being undertaken within the framework of a broader project led by the Federation of Community Legal Centres which aims to improve the interplay between the 24 generalist and 25 specialist Community Legal Centres (CLCs) across Victoria, so that all CLC clients receive the expert assistance they need. The Project is funded and […]

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Thinking about volunteering at BCLS?

The end of 2017 and the start of 2018 saw us welcome several new Deakin Interns (Jessica, Chelsea and Ian) and Practical Legal Training (PLT) students (Jon, Helen, Shane, Daniel and Victor) to BCLS. Shane impressed us so much that he was offered a job at the end of his placement! We have also been […]

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Big wins for clients with big debts

Susan* had been on a Disability Support Pension (DSP) for almost 10 years until Centrelink conducted a review in late 2015. Due to huge medical advancements, Susan’s condition was significantly better than when she was first granted the DSP. As such, Susan did not now meet the 20 point requirement and her DSP was cut […]

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Revoking fines through perseverance and partnerships.

It is important to ensure that fines are issued correctly before people on no or little income commit to paying money that would be better put towards daily expenses. With the introduction of the new administrative body, Fines Victoria, it is now easier for people to view the evidence of their infringement online and request […]

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New Year, New Lawyers.

How long have you been with BCLS and what drew you to the community legal sector?   Shane: I started with BCLS as a PLT student in June 2017, then a volunteer, and then I was employed as a Community Lawyer from December 2017. I have always been drawn to working in the community sector, […]

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