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Fair Work Commission Workplace Advice Service

Fair Work Commission Workplace Advice Service

Each week, we provide a Duty Lawyer to the Fair Work Commission’s Workplace Advice Service (WAS).

Through this service, we provide one hour of free legal assistance to eligible employees referred to us by the Fair Work Commission on matters including dismissal, general protections and workplace bullying.

This free service allows us to support employees who are contemplating legal action on their workplace issue with tailored individualised advice on the best options available to them.

To check your eligibility for this service and to make an appointment, visit the Fair Work Commission website and use their eligibility tool.

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Family Violence and the Workplace Project

Family Violence and the Workplace Project

Over the years, we have provided advice and representation to clients, usually women, whose experience of family violence has had a detrimental impact on their employment. We know that maintaining employment for people experiencing family violence is extremely important for their security, independence and self-esteem.

In 2018, we received funding from the Victorian Government to commence the Family Violence and the Workplace Project which, among other things, involves enhancing our capacity to represent and assist Victorian workers experiencing family violence in circumstances where their employment is or has been impacted including in relation to:

  • Requests for flexible working arrangements or leave entitlements
  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • General protections claims
  • Unpaid wages and other entitlements
  • Unlawful discrimination

How do I access the service?

To request access to the Family Violence in the Workplace service, please fill out the Referrals to JobWatch form on this website.

Resources

JobWatch has produced a discussion paper, “Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue For Women,” to create understanding and urging employers, government and other stakeholders through legislation and policy to assist working women experiencing family violence by providing supportive workplace environments and effective workplace responses.

Family Violence and the Workplace Brochure
Discussion Paper – ‘Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue for Women’
Discussion Paper Summary – ‘Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue for Women’
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International Students Employment and Accommodation Legal Service (ISEALS)

International Students Employment and Accommodation Legal Service (ISEALS)

The International Students Employment and Accomodation Legal Service (ISEALS) is a collaboration between community legal centres JobWatch, WEstjustice and Springvale Monash Legal Service, facilitated by Study Melbourne and administered by Victoria Legal Aid.

ISEALS supports international students with free, confidential and independent legal assistance for international students through our weekly legal clinics. This includes legal information, advice, representation and complex case work for international students experiencing or at risk of exploitation or discrimination in their workplace or through their accommodation.

To make an appointment, email info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au or call 1800 056 449 (free call from landlines).

How we help students through ISEALS

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Dismissed Workers Project

Dismissed Workers Project

JobWatch’s Dismissed Workers Project provides legal advice and support for vulnerable Victorian workers who have been dismissed from their employment. We have a focus on workers who are particularly vulnerable due to their age, gender, cultural or linguistic background, visa status, or other similar factors.

Referrals to the Dismissed Workers Project is an internal process through our Telephone Information Service (TIS). We recommend that all dismissed workers contact the TIS for legal information in the first instance.

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