For more than 40 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. It also contains a list of questions to help guide consultation discussions. Submissions can be made individually, or on behalf of a CLC.
We are inviting all CLC members to contribute to this first stage of the consultation process by attending workshops, submitting written submissions, answering surveys, or attending online events.
The first phase of consultations closes on Friday 21 May 2021.
Register to attend workshops on priority areas.
Submit a written response to the questions in the Discussion Paper.
Answer surveys on a range of topics to provide detailed input.
Be inspired by a range of guest speakers discussing CLCs and the 10-Year Plan.
We are conducting a series of online consultative workshops on priority areas. All CLC members are invited to attend these sessions. You may like to consider extending an invitation to volunteers, students and board members to ensure a range of voices are part of the discussion.
The series of workshops will cover a variety of topics, facilitated by Mark Madden (former Deputy Director at RMIT’s Centre for Innovative Justice) and will include a range of guest speakers.
Each workshop goes for 90 minutes and will be held three times on the same day – at 9am, 12pm or 3pm so that you can choose which time suits you.Register for Sessions
Tuesday, 27 April
Tuesday, 4 May
Tuesday, 11 May
Tuesday, 18 May
You can submit a written response to the questions raised in the Discussion Paper by COB 21 May 2021.
*Please indicate if you wish your written response to be confidential. You can choose to answer the survey anonymously.
You can complete surveys on a range of topics if you would like to provide more detailed responses.
Surveys will be uploaded throughout the consultation process so check here for updates. Surveys will also be emailed to participants that register for the workshops.
First round of engagement with the CLC sector
April to Friday 21 May 2021
Second round of engagement with the CLC sector
Engagement with key stakeholders and the public
Draft 10-Year Plan
Finalise 10-Year Plan