Community Legal Centres across Victoria provide free legal advice to people experiencing disadvantage. Find a Community Legal Centre.
Community Legal Centres are independent community organisations that provide free legal services to the public. Community legal centres exist to enable a strong collective voice for justice and equality, using the law as a tool to achieving this. Find out more.
The Federation leads and supports excellence in the community legal sector, promotes the purpose and value of community legal centres, and advances social justice and a fair legal system.
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A new Bill being introduced into Parliament this week could help end the cycle of poverty and disadvantage for thousands of Victorians and reduce the life-long stigma experienced by those convicted of minor offences.
Operating in these uncertain times in Victoria is challenging for all organisations, and for Community Legal Centres there is the added complexity of working across the court and justice systems and moving to at-home office structures.
Barwon Community Legal has not only faced these challenges, but has had the added difficulty of changing some of the services they deliver to meet differing demands.
The Federation of Community Legal Centres is concerned about the extraordinary new powers of Authorised Officers to forcibly detain people who have tested positive or been in contact with a person with COVID-19, without a right to review.
There are Community Legal Centres across Victoria. Click to find your nearest Victorian Community Legal Centre.