End of year round-up and business hours

22 December 2018

We are now in the final stages of 2018, BMCLC would like to take this opportunity to commend the team (staff and volunteers alike) for their tireless efforts throughout the year. 

Most of our legal assistance and community education often has intangible benefits for our clients which includes: improved legal outcomes and understanding; and the resolution of legal issues which has enhanced our client's mental and physical well-being. BMCLC has sought to deliver these services in innovative and client-centred formats via a multidisciplinary model. 

We would like to highlight some of our achievements in 2018:

  • Clean Slate. In partnership with the Mental Health Legal Centre, this project waived $295,000.00 in debt owed by prisoners at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre; 
  • Generalist/Specialist project with Tenants Victoria. As a result of this project, BMCLC has introduced a Tenancy service supported by Tenants Victoria; 
  • Generalist/Specialist project with Social Security Rights Victoria. This project has enhanced referral pathways and secondary consultations between the partner organisations; 
  • The Health Justice Partnerships with Sunshine Hospital and the Moorabool Shire Council Darley continues to assist women who experience serious and ongoing family violence and related issues;
  • The Vietnamese Lawyer Project. Conducted in partnership with the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association continues to assist the Vietnamese-speaking community in Melbourne's west;
  • Commencement of a Family violence duty lawyering service at the Sunshine Magistrates' Court; 
  • Continued outreach relationship with Financial Counsellor - Heather Neilson;
  • White Ribbon day;
  • Out of the Dark. Numerous community legal education sessions delivered to prisoners at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre;
  • Legal submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review of the family law system;
  • Safe Resolutions (Property mediation for separated Vietnamese families). This project operates in partnership with the Family Relationship Centre, Sunshine and WEstjustice;
  • Divorce workshops – in English and Vietnamese; and
  • A successful civil practice. For the 2018 calendar year, the Centre assisted clients in financial hardship to waive a combined amount of over $216,000.00. 

BUSINESS HOURS

Please be advised that our St Albans office closes on Friday 21 December 2018 at 12:30pm and re-opens on Wednesday 2 January 2019

Please note that our Melton office closes on Thursday 20 December 2018 at 5:00pm and re-opens on Monday 7 January 2019. 

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a happy new year!

 

                                                    Team photo 2018