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 more than 40 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 learn About Community Legal Centres.

Our Team

The team that carries out the work of the organisation on a day-to-day basis.

  • Thanh Coutts
    Executive Assistant to COO
  • Rosanna Di Grazia
    Office Coordinator
  • Louisa Gibbs
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Skye Forster
    Implementation Analyst – Legal Practice Management System
  • Lara Freidin
    Senior Legal Policy Adviser
  • Caroline Fritsch
    Senior Policy Adviser
  • Bronwyn Lay
    Climate Justice & Disaster Response Lead
  • Linda Loveder
    Executive Assistant to CEO
  • Izzy Lyndon-James
    Digital Communications Officer
  • Rachel McFadden
    Communications and Engagement Manager
  • Tim McMahon
    Project Manager - Data System
  • Cindy Parer
    NAS Administration Officer
  • Natalie Peters
    Quality and Impact Manager
  • Rachael Pliner
    Senior Legal Policy Adviser
  • Tanya Sawtell
    People & Culture Adviser
  • Gabby Talmadge
    Training Coordinator
  • Michelle Taylor
    Operations Manager

Our Board

  • Jennifer Beveridge
    Tenants Victoria
  • Bryanna Connell
    Barwon Community Legal Service
  • Chris Povey
    Justice Connect
  • Jackie Galloway
    Peninsula Community Legal Centre (Secretary)
  • Thomas Green
    Deloitte Australia (Treasurer)
  • Daniel Nguyen
    Moonee Valley Legal Service
  • Kris Wallwork
    South-East Monash Legal Service (Chair)

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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