Who We Are

The Federation is the peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services. Our members are at the forefront of helping those facing economic, cultural or social disadvantage and whose life circumstances are severely affected by their legal problem.

For 50 years, Community Legal Centres have been the heart of a powerful movement for social change, reshaping how people access justice, creating stronger more equitable laws, and more accountable government and democracy.

We want a community that is fair, inclusive and thriving: where every person belongs and can learn, grow, heal, participate and be heard.

The Federation:

  • enables a strong collective voice for justice and equality
  • mobilises and leads CLCs in strategic, well-coordinated advocacy and campaigns
  • works with members to continuously improve the impact of community legal services
  • drives creativity and excellence in the delivery of legal services to communities
  • helps make justice more accessible.

Click here to find out more about the Federation.


Our Team

You can read all about the Federation team here.


Our Board

Community Legal Centre Board Members

  • Bryanna Connell (Chair), Barwon Community Legal Service
  • Damian Stock, ARC Justice
  • Elena Pappas, Law and Advocacy Centre for Women
  • Melissa Hardham, WEstjustice
  • Tracey Gaudry, commUnity+/Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre
  • Jenni Smith, Northern Community Legal Centre

Non-Community Legal Centre Board Members

  • Jo Bradley, Right Lane Consulting
  • Emma Greeney, Mental Health Australia
  • Nithya Gopu Solomon, RMIT University


Our Key Documents


Annual Reports


Our Members

The Federation is a membership organisation, bringing together specialist and generalist Community Legal Centres


Thank you

The Federation of Community Legal Services acknowledges the vital support of the Victoria Law Foundation in funding the redevelopment of this website.


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