News & Events

Where are they now?

“The best thing about PLT at BCLS is that it is an organisation that could use me. Other placements just find something to keep you occupied, while BCLS immediately puts you to work contributing to the team and the community”.  – Luke McGowan At BCLS we love to see where our volunteers, students and lawyers […]

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Buying a car privately? Know your rights!

Whilst buying a vehicle from a private seller may be cheaper than buying from a licensed motor vehicle dealer, private sales offer significantly fewer legal protections. For example, there is no cooling-off period on the purchase and the vehicle is not covered by a statutory warranty. This means that if anything is wrong the vehicle, […]

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Helping clients navigate the Disability Support Pension changes

Since 1 July 2015, when the Commonwealth Government made changes to the way the Disability Support Pension (DSP) was assessed, it has been increasingly difficult for clients with long-term disabilities to receive this important support. Many people who could be eligible remain on Newstart Allowance with no ability to work or to meet their ‘mutual […]

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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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