The national community legal sector
State and territory associations
FVPLSs and ATSILSs
Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLSs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (ATSILSs) are specialist legal services that serve communities across Austalia. Some FVPLSs and ATSILSs choose to become members of their local state or territory association and enjoy the benefits of that membership, including being eligible for services provided by Community Legal Centres Australia. There are currently eleven FVPLSs in our national membership network. These services are also members of National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) Forum. There are two ATSILS in our membership network – Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service and Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. These services are also members of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.
Community legal centres
Community legal centres are non-government, not-for-profit organisations that provide free and independent civil, family, and criminal legal services to people experiencing financial disadvantage, discrimination or violence and abuse. They also provide holistic, trauma-informed non-legal supports, community legal education, and law reform and advocacy to deliver the sector’s vision for progressive change. They assist communities across Australia in metropolitan, regional, rural, remote, and very remote communities.
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Centres work to develop and facilitate partnerships between legal assistance providers and other legal and non-legal services (for example, domestic violence organisations, community health organisations, housing services and drug and alcohol services). This allows centres to provide holistic help to people and is designed to avoid escalation of legal problems.