About WHCLS

Established in 1975, we are part of one of Australia’s longest running health justice partnerships.

For our first 40 years we were co-located with Banyule Community Health. In 2014, we formally merged with and became a program of Banyule Community Health.

The merger of the two organisations reflects our shared belief that community need is best met by a holistic and seamless service response. Today, working within our unique integrated service model, our dedicated team provides free legal services to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised residents of Banyule.

We are an accredited community legal centre and a member of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres and the National Association of Community Legal Centres.

Our Staff

Stephanie Price – Principal Lawyer

Talya Faigenbaum – Family Lawyer

Marissa Johnpillai – Community Lawyer (Family Violence)

Yusuf Mohamud – Lawyer (Somali Australian New Lawyer Program)

Rebecca Sharkey – La Trobe Student Union Lawyer

Richard Tonkin – Volunteer Family Lawyer

Daniel Bavcevic – Lawyer (Yarning up the Law)

Jamie Baxter – Community Development Worker (Yarning Up the Law)

Zoe Kaskamanidis – Research Officer (Yarning Up the Law)

Julie Tang – Access and Intake Officer

Katie Keays – Service Development and Improvement Officer

Our staff are supported by a team of volunteer law clerks, who are studying law.

Acknowledgements

Our main office is located within the Olympic Village, West Heidelberg.

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service acknowledges that our office and catchment are located on Wurundjeri land. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners and spiritual custodians of land and pay our deepest respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

We also gratefully acknowledge the following for their support over the past 12 months:

  • Victoria Legal Aid
  • Commonwealth Government
  • Victorian Government
  • Victorian Legal Services Board
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • Bendigo Bank East Ivanhoe and Rosanna Community Branches
  • Gilbert & Tobin
  • Barrbunin Beek  – Aboriginal Community Controlled Committee
  • Banyule City Council
  • Victoria Law Foundation
  • Federation of Community Legal Centres
  • National Association of Community Legal Centres