See some of the examples of how the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) strove to achieve rights, fairness and equality for our communities here in their recently published 2016 Annual Report.
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) is the peak national organisation for Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in Australia. NACLC’s members are the state and territory CLC associations, which together, represent around 185 centres in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia. Some Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Services are members of state and territory CLC associations and so also come under the NACLC umbrella.
Community Legal Centres are not for profit community-based legal services that provide free and accessible legal and related services:
- CLCs help people who can’t afford a lawyer, including some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community.
- CLCs specialise in everyday legal problems, helping people with a wide range of legal problems, including family violence, relationship breakdowns and family law, debt, consumer problems, problems with Centrelink, tenancy disputes, and employment issues.
- CLCs are also effective: In 2014/15 CLCs across Australia assisted over 216,000 clients with advice/casework services; provided over 250,000 referrals; and responded to around 190,000 requests for legal information from the public.
- CLCs have a preventative focus: As well as helping individuals with legal problems, CLCs work to prevent problems arising, through legal education to client groups, government and community sector agencies, as well as by advocating for fairer laws and policies.
- CLCs work collaboratively with their communities and with all levels of government, community and private sector service providers, business, professional bodies and a range of philanthropic organisations.
- CLCs save downstream costs: The Productivity Commission says assistance from CLCs can “prevent or reduce the escalation of legal problems, which in turn can mean reduced costs to the justice system and lower costs to other taxpayer funded services (in areas such as health, housing and social security payments)”.
Read more in the 2016 NACLC Annual Report.