Tell me about Community Legal Centres

Community legal centres are independent, non-profit, community-based organisations that provide free and accessible legal and related services to everyday people, including people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage.

Community legal centres provide a range of services including information, referral, legal advice, non-legal support, duty lawyer services, and casework including representation services. Centres also utilise a range of early intervention and preventative strategies such as community legal education and community development, individual skill building, systemic advocacy and law and policy reform activities. 

More broadly, community legal centres play a key role in community engagement, developing and facilitating partnerships between legal assistance providers and legal and non-legal services (for example, domestic violence organisations, community health organisations, housing services and drug and alcohol services) and developing and maintaining referral networks and protocols.


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