From making rental agreements and being told to move out of your house, to not feeling safe in a relationship or being unable to pay a fine, there are a number of stressful and confusing situations you may encounter as an international student. But, support is always available. For international students in Victoria, the Inner Melbourne Community Legal Information Resource is a great place to turn to if you need information on certain common legal problems.
What is the Inner Melbourne Community Legal Information Resource?
The Inner Melbourne Community Legal Information Resource is a free tool for international students living in Victoria. It provides information on legal issues concerned with where you live, work and study. The resource is available in English, Spanish (Español), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) and Chinese (中文).
The Resource covers 16 scenarios based on issues commonly experienced by international students, including:
- Housing rights
- Being in an unsafe or controlling relationship
- Being made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe
- Problems with education providers
- Problems at work
- Being asked to get an ABN
- Being treated unfairly because of your race
- Car accidents and insurance
Each scenario directs you and your support network to identify legal problems and advises who to contact if you need legal help. You can find the Resource and more information here.
The information contained in the Resource was written by community lawyers with the help of international students living in Victoria. It is not legal advice. If you need legal help, contacts can be found in the Resource.