IMPORTANT NOTICE BGCLS is considered an essential service and will be continuing to support our community through the restrictions. If you or someone you know needs legal assistance, an appointment can be arranged by telephone or Zoom. Please call our office on: 5331 5999
Stay Safe Everyone
COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATES Dear Clients and Stakeholders,
No doubt you are following the news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as carefully as we are. To keep everyone safe, the BGCLS is adopting a number of precautions to ensure the continued health of our staff, clients and visitors.
In light of the latest advice from the Victorian Government and posative Covid-19 cases in Ballarat and surrounding regions our reception will be closed to walk in's. Client services will still be provided via telephone or Zoom.
Current provision of services, until further notice, are as follows:
Advice clinics held by phone or Zoom ( formerly our face to face drop in service)
Clients are encouraged to make contact before the session to be allocated to a clinic
Face to face prison visits will be cancelled with staff to provide advice appointments to those clients on the scheduled days via telephone
Volunteer Solicitor clinics will be cancelled until further notice
Community Legal Education face to face sessions will be cancelled until further notice
Co-located services will proceed with advice via telephone
We appreciate co-operation of all clients and stakeholders during this difficult time and hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Please call the office if you require assistance: 5331 5999.
BGCLS-Management Updated 22/7/2020
Welcome funding relief for COVID-19 affected communities. Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service (BGCLS) welcomes the announcement from Attorney-General, Hon Jill Hennessy MP regarding additional funding to assist frontline legal services in responding to COVID-19. BGCLS will receive additional funding over the next two years to support the delivery of vital legal services.
BGCLS recognises the significant impact that COVID-19 restrictions have placed on vulnerable communities, particularly in regional and rural areas. The additional funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety will allow us to better resource these communities and increase access to justice.