Who We Are

We are the peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services.

The Federation is the peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres. 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 over 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.

  • Serina McDuff
    CEO
  • Natalie Hallam
    Victorian Accreditation and Capacity Building Coordinator
  • Michelle Reynolds
    Senior Project and Policy Adviser 
  • Laura Burke
    Senior Legal Policy Adviser
  • Deborah Lawson
    Senior Adviser, Sector Strategy and Development
  • Kieran Prendergast
    Project Manager - Data Standards
  • Tarneen Onus-Williams
    Project Coordinator - Stories of Strength
  • Jeanette Nkrumah
    Policy and Engagement Adviser
  • Chloe Papas
    Communications and Digital Campaigns Adviser

The Federation is managed by a committee comprised of elected Federation members and the Federation's Chief Executive Officer.

Our Management Committee

  • Kris Wallwork
    Springvale Monash Legal Service (Chair)
  • James Ferguson
    KPMG (Treasurer)
  • Jackie Galloway
    Peninsula Community Legal Centre (Secretary)
  • Zana Bytheway
    JobWatch
  • Chris Povey
    Justice Connect
  • Claudia Fatone
    Fitzroy Legal Service
  • Hayley Mansfield
    ARC Justice

Our Key Documents

Annual Reports

Our Members

The Federation is a membership organisation, bringing together specialist and generalist community legal centres. If you represent a community legal centre and are interested in joining the federation, click here.

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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