National Conference 2023

Join us at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Nipaluna (Hobart, Tasmania) on 22–23 March 2023, as we reconnect and reimagine the justice landscape. 

Conference Logo


At National Conference 2023, we’ll celebrate 50 incredible years of community legal sector service, community education, advocacy, and activism to deliver access to justice for people and communities experiencing disadvantage, discrimination, and abuse across Australia. And, together, we’ll look to the future – of our organisations, our communities, and our vision for justice, with purpose and positivity.  

Thanks to our Conference Advisory Group for their guidance as we plan a great event.

For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities please contact our conference lead Liz Wells at [email protected]

Register now for National Conference 2023! 

Don’t delay! Get your ticket for the biggest event on the community legal sector calendar for 2023 today! 

All delegates must register online. We can’t accept shared registrations.  

Please read and make sure you understand our registration fees and the Terms and Conditions before you register. 

Early bird rates for full conference registrations end on 31 January 2023. 

Full Conference 

Early Bird Rate 

Standard Rate 

Community Legal Centres Australia Member 



NFP/NGO (Non CLCA Member) 









Day Registration 


Flat Day Rate

Community Legal Centres Australia Member 



NFP/NGO (Non CLCA Member) 









* Student ticket holders must be full-time students at the time of the Conference 




Full Registration 

Day Registration 

All conference sessions and exhibition 


On the day of registration 

Conference catering (Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea) 


On the day of registration 

Option to purchase tickets to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner 



Conference materials  




Additional events 

You can buy tickets for social events (Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner) and masterclasses through the registration process. You can also register to attend National Network Meetings. 



Welcome Reception 


Conference Dinner 


Masterclass – half day 


Masterclass – full day  


Network meetings 




When you register, you can tell us if you’ll need childcare during the Conference. We’ll be in touch to discuss the service we can offer and cost once we’ve processed your registration. Places will be limited and offered on a first-in-first-served basis. Fees for this service will be heavily subsidised.  


Fee subsidies 

As we've done in the past, we hope to be able to offer a small number of subsidies to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and people travelling from small and remote centres to attend National Conference 2023. 

Whether we can do this - and how many people we can help - will depend on the sponsorships we secure. 

We'll release information about how to apply for a fee subsidy soon. 

In the meantime, we encourage all centres to register and pay for conference tickets for their staff as soon as possible to make the most of the early bird rate. 

We'll contribute expenses to successful subsidy applicants once we've secured sponsorships and finalised subsidy decisions.   



You can pay online with a credit card when you register or via electronic funds transfer (EFT) after you register.  

To pay via EFT, complete your registration online and we will email you an invoice with bank details. Once we have processed your registration, we will email you a payment receipt. All payments must be received before the Conference. 

Note: if you choose to pay by EFT, you must register and pay by 31 January 2023 to receive the early-bird rate. If you register before 31 January but pay after this date, you will be charged the standard rate for your conference tickets.


Changes and cancellations 

You can add Hotel Grand Chancellor room bookings, network meetings, masterclasses, and social events to your National Conference 2023 registration at any time via the link provided in the email confirming your initial conference registration. Once you have paid for conference registration and events, you can only cancel your attendance by applying to Think Business Events (Conference Organiser) as set out below, noting the cancellation terms.

You can apply to cancel or change your registration by writing to Think Business Events (the Conference Organiser) at [email protected]

Please read the Cancellation of Registration by the Delegate section in our Terms and Conditions for further details, cancellation fees, and cut-off dates. 

Note: Hotel Grand Chancellor has its own, strict, cancellation policy. For room bookings made through the National Conference 2023 registration site, no refunds will be offered for cancellations made within 90 days of the event. Please check the details carefully before adding a room booking to your conference registration.



Registration fees do not include any insurance cover. Delegates should take out appropriate health and travel insurance before travelling. The Conference Organiser and Community Legal Centres Australia do not take any responsibility for delegates failing to insure. 


Terms and Conditions 

Please make sure you read and understand the National Conference 2023 Terms and Conditions

Note: As noted above, Hotel Grand Chancellor has its own, strict, cancellation policy. For room bookings made through the National Conference 2023 registration site, no refunds will be offered for cancellations made within 90 days of the event. Please check the details carefully before adding a room booking to your conference registration.


Any questions 

Please contact [email protected].  

Celebrating 50 Years: Reconnecting and Reimagining

Our theme invites participants to reflect on:

- Our identity – as a strong, progressive social movement of student activists, community workers, social change agents, and lawyers, which is deeply rooted in and connected to the many and diverse communities we’re embedded in 

- Our strengths – as agile and innovate community-controlled organisations, skilled in using local knowledge and relationships to quickly identify and respond to deep and emerging social and legal problems 

- The people and communities we work alongside every day, and who we support in their struggles for justice – through legal service provision, community education, advocacy and solidarity with grassroots activism and campaigns 

- Our partners and allies – in the not-for-profit community services sector, legal and non-legal human rights and environmental advocates and organisations, and our pro-bono supporters across the wider legal profession 

- The challenges we’ve faced and overcome – and consider those that lie ahead – from unfair laws that criminalise poverty and disadvantage and government policies that have hampered our ability to advocate against them freely, to the COVID-pandemic and restrictions, and the looming climate crisis. 

Drawing on our identity and our strengths, together we’ll begin the process of reimagining: 

- Our responses to the critical challenges we face as people, as a movement, and as a community, including our role in contributing to effective climate action, and delivering racial and gender justice, particularly for First Nations people and people experience domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse 

- How we work ethically, respectfully, and effectively with grassroots community movements and people with lived experience of disadvantage, discrimination, and violence in their struggles for justice 

- How we can adapt our organisations to continue building a strong, sustainable sector and safe, secure workplaces – so that we can provide the best services possible – and deliver genuine access to justice and progressive social change – for and with the people and communities we support.  

Perhaps most importantly, we’ll reconnect: 

- With each other as people, colleagues, and friends 

- With our shared vision for justice 

- With our individual and shared sense of purpose and energy. 

And, through connection, we’ll recharge, and rediscover what inspires us to continue the struggle to improve access to justice for our communities and build safe and resilient organisations, ready to tackle all the challenges the future throws our way.



Tuesday 21 March 2023 

National Network Day (day)

Tuesday 21 March 2023 

Welcome Reception (evening)

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Day 1 of the Conference (day)

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Conference Dinner (evening)

Thursday 23 March 2023

Day 2 of the Conference (day)

Friday 24 March 2023

Masterclasses (day)

There will be four main streams for breakout sessions plus a fifth, low-key, 'unconference' space in the program:

1. Re-imagining pathways to justice: A new federal government has brought new opportunities to achieve progressive change. In March 2023 it will be nearly a year since the election - what can we celebrate, what still needs to be done and what new areas of concern have emerged? In this stream we'll apply fresh thinking to complex issues and workshop innovative advocacy and communication strategies to help us secure the change we want to see.

2. Re-imagining a sustainable, resilient and thriving sector: if the past 3 years have taught us anything, it's to expect change. As a sector, we're facing unanticipated challenges in trying to secure our future in a rapidly changing world. If we're to survive, we must tackle these challenges head-on, and with shared vision and purpose. With negotiations on a new National Legal Assistance Partnership (NLAP) already underway, now is the time to articulate our sector vision, to build the evidence base we need to demonstrate our individual and collective value, and to bolster our resilience to ensure we can continue to deliver valuable services in an uncertain future.

3. Re-imagining strong, safe and secure organisations: community legal centres are committed to trauma-informed practice, ensuring cultural and physical safety for our clients, and providing frank and fearless advice to people, communities and governments. In this stream, we reflect on the sector's success at creating workplace cultures that are safe, secure, transparent, respectful and supportive of staff. We’ll also be creating spaces for acknowledging where and how we need to improve if we are to be employers of choice into the future.

4. Re-imagining client and community connection: community legal centres exist within and for our communities, delivering vital services day in day out. We are embedded in – and experts on the needs of – diverse communities, following lived experience and delivering integrated, holistic, wrap-around services. It is crucial we have a diverse workforce which stays connected and upskilled, and that we continue to invest in our front-line staff – lawyers and non-lawyers.

5. Reconnect and recharge: after nearly four years without a conference, we are considering running a stream which provides space for delegates to reconnect with colleagues and friends from across the country away from the main program, recharge your sense of purpose, and rediscover what inspires you. This could involve getting together one on one for a yarn or group-based activities like knitting, drawing, yoga, centre ‘speed dating’ – we are open to ideas.

Program coming soon!




Embedding climate justice in Community Legal Centre operations and practice

Dr Bronwyn Lay, Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria

9am – 5pm

Keeping safety at the centre: Asking questions, assessing risk, undertaking safety planning and safe case management with victim survivors of sexual, domestic and family violence

Pip Davis, Women's Legal Service (NSW)

Angela Lynch, Queensland Sexual Assault Network

9am – 5pm

Vicarious Trauma:

Trauma informed practice in a legal setting

Working well: Understanding vicarious trauma, burnout and compassion fatigue and what helps

(Delegates can attend one or both sessions)


knowmore Legal Service

knowmore Legal Service


9am – 12pm

1pm – 5pm

Intersection of Social Security and Community Legal Centre Generalist Casework

Economic Justice Australia

9am – 12pm

More details on the Masterclasses will be coming soon.




Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Network

Bobbi Murray (Community Legal Centres NSW) 

[email protected]

9am – 5pm

Community Services Network

Helen Wallace (Caxton Community Legal Centre)

[email protected]

1pm – 4pm

Disability Rights Networks

Mark Patrick (Australian Centre for Disability Law)

[email protected]

9am – 5pm

Employment Law Network

Gabrielle Marchetti (JobWatch Inc.)

9am - 1pm

Human Rights Network

Rachael Pliner (Federation of Community Legal Centres)

[email protected]

Sarah Marland (Community Legal Centres NSW)

[email protected]

9am – 5pm

National PII Network

Catherine Eagle (Welfare Rights & Advocacy Centre WA)

9am – 12pm

Older Person's Legal Services Network

Rebecca Edwards (Seniors Rights Victoria)

[email protected]

Jane Andreassen (Townsville Community Legal Centre)

[email protected]

9am – 12pm

RRRR (Regional, Rural, Remote and very Remote) Community Legal Network

Judy Harrison (Darwin Community Legal Service)

Bill Mitchell (Townsville Community Law)

9am – 1pm

Tenancy Network

Ben Bartl (Tenants' Union of Tasmania)

9am – 1pm

We are committed to making sure National Conference 2023 is an accessible event. 

You can read about accessibility at the Hobart Convention & Exhibition Centre (Hotel Grand Chancellor) in Accessibility Frequently Asked Questions.

We'll make accessibility information about other conference venues (e.g., Welcome Reception, Network Meetings and Masterclasses) available as venues are confirmed.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about accessibility at National Conference 2023.

If you have any accessibility requirements for the conference, you can note this during the registration process. Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries.

Hotel Grand Chancellor is holding rooms for conference delegates. You can book these through the conference registration page. Please see the information on their cancellation policy in the Registration section.

The rates for the rooms are as follows:

Mountain Side Room - $250 per night, room only

Mountain side rooms look out over Hobart city. Some having views of Mount Wellington (kunanyi). 

Harbour View Room - $285 per night, room only

Spacious rooms with stunning harbour views and Freycinet granite bathroom.

Rates are for room only. Full buffet breakfast is available daily for $31.00 per person.


We'll provide information on alternative accommodation options in Hobart, including accessible options, here soon. 

Information about our event partners and sponsors will be available soon.

If you're interested in sponsoring the National Community Legal Centres Conference 2023 and would like a Sponsorship prospectus, please contact us at [email protected]