About the Sector

Community legal centres are independent, not for profit, community-based organisations that provide a range of services to everyday people, including people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage, and communities across Australia.

Each year Centres help hundreds of thousands of people through providing a range of services for individual people as well as more broadly for the community. Centres provide a range of legal services as well as undertaking early intervention and preventative strategies such as community legal education and community development and individual skill building. Community legal centres also play a key role in community engagement, advocacy and law and policy reform.

More broadly, Centres work to develop and facilitate partnerships between legal assistance providers and legal and non-legal services (for example, domestic violence organisations, community health organisations, housing services and drug and alcohol services). This allows the Centres to provide holistic help to people and is designed to avoid escalation of legal problems. Centres provide services in offices, communities and health care settings across Australia.

Centres also work together in National Networks to share information and good practice and undertake policy and advocacy work.