Community Legal Centres, or CLCs, are independent community organisations that provide free legal services to those who need it. CLCs enable a strong collective voice for justice and equality. Find out more.
Community Legal Centres across Victoria provide free legal advice to people experiencing disadvantage. Find a Community Legal Centre.
On this page, you can find recent and past submissions, reports and statements from the Federation of Community Legal Centres. Learn 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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The current, five-year National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP), which sets out Commonwealth Government funding to Community Legal Centres and other legal assistance providers, will expire in mid-2025. A review of the partnership has been undertaken to make recommendations for funding principles and allocations in the next NLAP cycle.
At the Federation’s Annual General Meeting on 22 November, representatives from Victorian Community Legal Centres elected three new members to the Federation’s board to replace the outgoing board members.
The Federation supports prioritising health-based responses to drug use, including the decriminalisation of possession and personal use of cannabis. We see the Regulation of Cannabis (Personal Use) Bill 2023 as an important step towards achieving this goal.