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Community legal centres are independent, not for profit community based organisations. They provide free legal help – including information, referral, legal education, advice, casework and representation services – to hundreds of thousands of people across Australia every year.
There are almost 200 CLCs nationally. This includes both 'generalist' and 'specalist' CLCs.
This includes generalist CLCs that provide legal assistance in a wide range of areas of law people in their local community, including in relation to family law and family violence, credit and debt, consumer law, social security, migration, tenancy, discrimination, employment and child protection.
There are also specialist CLCs which provide services to a particular target group and/or in a particular specialist area of law. For example, there are specialist services for women, social security/welfare rights, tenants, consumer and credit, refugees, older persons, children and youth, and people with disability, among others.
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Looking for legal information? In legal trouble? Learn About the Law is your starting place for help understanding the law. A legal resource for up to date online legal information about popular legal topics such as will preparation, divorce and child custody; and specific legal issues like debt recovery and criminal offences. http://www.findlaw.com.au/
A number of publications and links to legal resources
Community Legal Centres NSW is the peak body for all Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in New South Wales. To find out more about CLCs in New South Wales refer to their website http://www.clcnsw.org.au/
Search 872 abstracts of NSW plain language legal information, including books, factsheets, videos, community legal education programs and material in other languages
Community Legal Centres QLD is the peak body for all Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Queensland. To find out more about CLCs in Queensland refer to their website http://communitylegalqld.org.au/
The Federation of Community Legal Centres is the peak body for all Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Victoria. To find out more about CLCs in Victoria refer to their website http://www.fclc.org.au/
One of the best starting points to find out about the law in Victoria is The Law Handbook Online, produced by Fitzroy Legal Service. It is a comprehensive, plain English guide to the law in Victoria with information on a wide range of legal topics from fines and family law to wills and tenancy.
MoneyHelp is free, confidential and independent financial information for Victorians experiencing difficulty paying their rent or mortgage or facing job loss.
Victoria Legal Aid produces a wide range of legal information resources which are available for free in the publications section of its website.
Everyday-Law is a website developed by Victoria Law Foundation to provide easy-to-understand legal information for the community in one place.
The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) is a free dispute resolution service funded by the Victorian Government. The DSCV provides mediation services, as well as training and accrediting mediators to national standards.
The DSCV also administers the Reaching Agreement website, which has practical information and advice for communicating with neighbours about a range of issues.
Community Legal Centres Association WA is the peak body for all Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Western Australia. To find out more about CLCs in Western Australia refer to their website https://www.communitylaw.net/