Community Legal Centres are independently operating not-for-profit, community-based organisations that provide free legal and related services to the public, focusing on disadvantaged people and people with special needs.
There are around 190 CLCs across Australia, providing for the versatile needs of their communities. There are some generalist CLCs that provide services on a range of legal issues to people within their geographic area. There are also CLCs that offer specialist legal services in areas such as child support, credit and debt, environmental law, welfare rights, mental health, disability discrimination, tenancy, immigration, employment, the arts, etc. Some CLCs provide services targeted to particular groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, children and young people, women, older people, refugees, prisoners, and the homeless.
The clients of CLCs are those who face economic, social or cultural disadvantage, are often experiencing multiple inter-related problems, and frequently their legal problem may affect their and their family’s entire life circumstances.
The staff and volunteers at CLCs work incredibly hard to defend the rights of others and to educate the community about Australia's justice system.