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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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New Zealand CLCs

Click here, to view all of the New Zealand based CLCs.

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Legal Resources

Look for local online legal resources by clicking on your state below.

National

Findlaw

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/

Lawstuff

Providing legal information to children and young people in Australia http://www.lawstuff.org.au/

ACT

Legal Aid ACT

A number of publications and links to legal resources

www.legalaidact.org.au/whatwedo/legalinformation/publications.php

NSW

Community Legal Centres NSW

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/
 

Law and Justice Foundation

Search 872 abstracts of NSW plain language legal information, including books, factsheets, videos, community legal education programs and material in other languages

http://www.lawfoundation.net.au/pllsearch

Law Access

Need legal help? LawAccess Online has plain language legal information including factsheets and guides to help you with your legal issues

http://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/

NT

Department of Justice

Links to information about the law in the Northern Territory

http://www.nt.gov.au/justice/

QLD

Community Legal Centres QLD

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/

Queensland Legal Assistance Forum

A collection of a broad range of legal resources from organisations in Queensland

http://qlaf.org.au/legal-information.php

SA

Law Handbook Online South Australia

The Law Handbook Online contains on overview of the law in South Australia presented in everyday language.

http://www.lawhandbook.sa.gov.au/

TAS

Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

Factsheets are available on this website for the Tasmanian public and cover matters about which Legal Aid regularly receives queries. They are intended as an introduction to a topic and include links to the relevant legislation.

http://www.legalaid.tas.gov.au/

VIC

The Federation of CLCs - Victoria

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/

The Law Handbook Online

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.

www.lawhandbook.org.au

MoneyHelp

MoneyHelp is free, confidential and independent financial information for Victorians experiencing difficulty paying their rent or mortgage or facing job loss.

www.moneyhelp.org.au

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid produces a wide range of legal information resources which are available for free in the publications section of its website.

www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

Everyday-Law

Everyday-Law is a website developed by Victoria Law Foundation to provide easy-to-understand legal information for the community in one place.
Everyday-Law

Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria

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.

http://www.disputes.vic.gov.au/

The DSCV also administers the Reaching Agreement website, which has practical information and advice for communicating with neighbours about a range of issues.

http://www.reachingagreement.disputes.vic.gov.au/

WA

Community Legal Centres Association - WA

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/

Legal Aid Western Australia

Information about the law as it applies in WA can be found in the ‘Information about the law’ section of this website

http://www.legalaid.wa.gov.au/