Project background material

Project Overview

Between December 2016 and August 2018, we are designing, testing and evaluating practical, collaborative models to improve referral pathways between generalist and specialist CLCs, increase their exchange of knowledge and expertise, and, ultimately, ensure their clients receive the expert assistance they need.

This work is being conducted in the following three phases:

Phase One: Planning, research, and sector-wide consultation (Dec 2016 – Sep 2017)

Phase Two: Pilot model testing (October 2017 – July 2018)

Phase Three: Evaluation and reporting (July 2018 – August 2018)


Project Management

The Project is being run by the Federation of Community Legal Centres, under the direction of Project Manager Michael Tamblyn 


Steering Committee

The Project Steering Committee has driven the strategic direction of the Project since mid-2016:

  • Ariel Couchman – Director, YouthLaw;
  • Ben Zika – (Formerly) Director Legal Practice, Brimbank Melton CLC;
  • Carolyn Bond – former CEO of Consumer Action Law Centre;
  • Julie Phillips – Manager, Disability Discrimination Legal Service;
  • Lisa-Maree Stevens – (Formerly) General Manager, Community Services, Mallee Family Care;
  • Marie Baird – Senior Content Innovation Coordinator, CLE, Victoria Legal Aid.


Project Interns

A team of student interns provided invaluable support in the research phase of the project:

  • Katherine Lo Presti (University of Melbourne);
  • Ryan Donaghey (University of Melbourne);
  • Paola Vega (RMIT); and
  • Alex McGhee (University of Melbourne)

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