Integrated legal service for international students experiencing exploitation or discrimination

Integrated legal service for international students experiencing exploitation or discrimination

Monday, 7 June 2021

We are pleased to be administering funding for a new integrated legal service for international students experiencing exploitation and discrimination.

The International Student Employment and Accommodation Legal Service (ISEALS) is being delivered through the Study Melbourne Student Centre by Jobwatch, WEstjustice and Springvale Monash Legal Service.

It is funded by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and is the amalgamation of two previous programs.

‘The new integrated International Student Employment and Accommodation Legal Service reflects the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to support the international student community to understand and advocate for their work and tenancy rights,’ said CEO of Global Victoria, Gonul Serbest'.

ISEALS provides access to justice through free and confidential legal assistance for international students experiencing or at risk of exploitation or discrimination in work and or relating to their accommodation.

‘Safe and secure housing together with fair treatment at work are foundational to wellbeing and we welcome the ongoing commitment by the Victorian Government through ISEALS to supporting these outcomes for international students.'

Peter Noble, Victoria Legal Aid Executive Director, Regions and Service Delivery.

 ‘Melbourne’s international student community deserve the right to study and succeed with access to fair and safe accommodation and employment conditions,’ said Melissa Hardham, WEstjustice CEO.

‘We’re delighted to be part of a service that addresses both in a holistic and supportive way, working with partners to ensure that students across the whole city can obtain legal advice where and when they need it.’

Melissa Hardham, WEstjustice CEO.

The assistance available through ISEALS includes legal information, advice, representation and complex case work, as well as community legal education and law reform activities.

“One of the main aims of the ISEALS Project is to help international students in Victoria to have a positive experience in our State,’ said Zana Bytheway, JobWatch Executive Director.

‘We deliver a centralised and collaborative program for international students that strives for fair and safe work and accommodation, free from exploitation and discrimination.’

Zana Bytheway, JobWatch Executive Director.

"Springvale Monash Legal Service (SMLS) is pleased work in partnership with WEstjustice, Job Watch, Victoria Legal Aid and Study Melbourne, to continue the delivery of the ISEALS program,’ said Ashleigh Newnham, Manager, SMLS Strategic and Community Development.

‘Our organisation is a strong advocate for integrated practice. Service delivery within the multidisciplinary Study Melbourne team allows International Students to access wrap around help when they need it.'

Ashleigh Newnham, Manager, SMLS Strategic and Community Development.

‘Working collaboratively with the legal assistance sector provides the opportunity to share knowledge and skills across organisations, ensuring excellence in service delivery. In addition to providing tailored legal services, the partnership supports systemic advocacy and sector capacity building, contributing to a more fair and just society for all,’ said Ashleigh.

ISEALS was established earlier this year and has been funded through to 31 December 2022.

More information

If you would like to refer an international student to the program for legal advice and non-legal support, you can refer them to the Study Melbourne Student Centre.

 

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