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Refugee Tenancy and Housing Project

Subtitle Making it Home: Refugee Housing in Melbourne's West

The Refugee Tenancy and Housing Project was developed in response to the need for tenancy advocacy services in Melbourne’s western suburbs and in recognition of the major barrier that housing difficulties pose to successful refugee settlement.

The Project encompassed the following:  

  • a legal tenancy clinic providing free legal advice and representation to people of refugee background living in the western suburbs of Melbourne; 
  • community legal education; and 
  • community development initiatives. 

The Project's findings and recommendations are presented in Making it Home: Refugee Housing in Melbourne's West, which documents underlying issues and makes policy and law reform recommendations (click link below to download).

Footscray CLC will continue to advocate in this area.

CLC/Agency Footscray Community Legal Centre
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Area of Law
  • Going to court
  • Housing and land
  • Immigration and refugees
  • Community organisation
  • Community workers
  • Federal government
  • General public
  • Health service
  • Lawyers
  • Local government
  • New Arrivals and/or Refugees
  • People from culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • State government
  • Commonwealth
  • VIC
Method of Delivery
  • Establish network
  • Media campaign
  • Policy development
  • Publication
  • Research, survey or needs analysis
  • Submission
  • Workshop/s, seminar or forum
Project Type
  • Community Development
  • Community Legal Education
  • Law Reform
Project uploaded to CLEAR 3rd April 2012
Contact Person Laura Berta
Contact Position Community Development Solicitor
Contact Email
Contact Phone (03) 9689 8444
Production/Delivery Date 29/03/2012
Languages The legal tenancy clinic utilises multi-lingual workers of Sudanese, Burmese, Iranian and Afghani background
Evaluation Not Stated
Edition March 2012

As this project has exceeded its review date it is recommended that the author/auspicing agency be contacted to confirm the currency of the information provided. 

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Sponsor / Partner Agencies

The 12-month project was funded by philanthropic grants from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the William Buckland Foundation (managed by ANZ Trustees), the RE Ross Trust and the Scanlon Foundation. The legal tenancy clinic has received funding to continue running until June 2012 from the Victorian Property Fund, on the approval of the State Minister for Consumer Affairs.

Review Date 3rd April 2013

Disclaimer: Laws and policies are often changing. We encourage you to check the currency of any laws or policies referenced in the above CLEAR project.

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