About Us

Community Legal Centres Australia is the national peak body for the community legal sector, in particular community legal centres across Australia.

We are an independent, non-profit organisation established to support the community legal sector and ensure provision of free and accessible legal and related services to everyday people, including people experiencing discrimination and disadvantage.

Our members are the State and Territory peak bodies of community legal centres. Together, our organisations represent around 170 community legal centres, Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services across Australia.

We strive to be leaders in good practice for other civil society organisations, to advocate for justice and the promotion and protection of human rights, to be responsive to the needs of the community legal sector and to maintain and strengthen the collaborative networks that allow our sector to provide holistic support to communities.

You can read our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan here.

Our Purpose

Ensuring a thriving community legal sector

Our Key Areas of Work

  • We are a strong voice to, and for, the community legal sector
  • We increase the resources available to the community legal sector
  • We strengthen our communities through enhanced collaboration
  • We facilitate the provision of high quality community legal services

Our Values


We believe in equity, social justice and human rights and work towards alleviating systemic disadvantage.


We strive to develop and support high standards and quality in our own work and across the sector.


We work with our Members to build a strong, independent and innovative community legal sector.

Member Focus

We assist and enhance the capacity of our Members and individual community legal centres, and support their independence and autonomy.


We build quality relationships to leverage combined resources, expertise and knowledge for the benefit of the organisations and communities that we collectively serve.