For 50 years, Victoria’s Community Legal Centres (CLCs) have provided high-quality legal assistance to Victorians most impacted by disadvantage and have been part of a strong movement for systemic change. CLCs have focused on promoting access to justice and ensuring that Victorians who are most vulnerable to injustice receive the support they need to live full, happy and healthy lives.
The environment in which CLCs operate has been in a constant state of change for many years. Need for free legal assistance in Victoria was already growing alongside the State’s population and widening inequality. It has now increased significantly in the wake of recent disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic and it will only continue to grow
CLCs have demonstrated the ability to adapt to changing circumstances while keeping the focus on improving access to justice and service delivery for people who are vulnerable and their communities. This ability to adapt and respond will be critical to ensuring the sustainability of CLCs in Victoria over the next decade.
To help us develop a 10-year Plan for the CLC sector, the Federation is embarking on a comprehensive consultation process. The consultations will focus on four priority areas that will help us explore the opportunities available to the CLC sector in order to secure our future.
The Federation has created a Discussion Paper to help guide the consultation process. The discussion paper provides an overview of social, economic and policy trends affecting CLCs in Victoria and discusses key priorities identified for inclusion in the 10-Year Plan.
First round of engagement with the CLC sector
Second round of engagement with the CLC sector
Engagement with key stakeholders and the public
Draft 10-Year Plan
Finalise 10-Year Plan