Western Community Legal Centre employment law

WEstjustice provides free legal services to people who live, work or study in Wyndham, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay in Melbourne. Its services include financial counselling, a motor vehicle accident clinic, tenants’ advice, community education, and a refugee legal service. 

As well, WEstjustice plays an important advocacy role for the reform of public policy and systems. Since 2013 WEstjustice has been running the Employment Law Project, which seeks to improve employment outcomes for newly arrived and refugee communities in Melbourne’s western suburbs. 

The service has produced a preliminary report on the project based on over 100 surveys from community members’ workers, community consultations and forums, which showed that face-to-face, targeted employment law services and community education programs in Footscray and other outreach locations are urgently needed by refugees and recently arrived communities. 

This Community Fellow project will complete a literature review regarding migrant worker experiences and best-practice policy/legal responses; analyse the case-studies and data collected throughout the pilot programs; and develop draft recommendations for reform.

This project was funded in the first round of the Community Fellows Program, 2016.

Community fellow

Catherine Hemingway [Western Community Legal Centre]

Academic supervisor

Joo-Cheong Tham [Melbourne Law School]

Research Program

Community-engaged research