This year community legal centres in NSW supported more than 54,000 people and provided more than 185,000 services. Our movement supports people experiencing violence and abuse, financial hardship, housing insecurity, discrimination, and other legal issues.
There are 40 community legal centres across New South Wales. From Broken Hill in the Far West to the South Coast to inner Sydney: we are there supporting communities, challenging injustice, and advocating for a fairer society.
We connected 24,000 people with free and independent legal help through our online recommendation service. Finding support can be a difficult and confusing process, and our digital tools help break down these barriers and make it easier to access justice.
In 2020-21, we called for sustainable funding for community legal centres through a Pre-Budget Submission, the NSW budget lock-up process, and our sustained advocacy to government.
We focused on maintaining funding for community legal centres to June 2025, strengthening our disaster response and readiness, funding for families and children in out-of-home care, addressing postcode inequality to cover geographic service gaps, and legal support for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence.
Our team focused on creating spaces for collaboration and professional development, in spite of the challenges of the pandemic. We organised over 90 networking and training sessions and an in-person annual conference.
Our diverse training program provided staff at community legal centres with opportunity for professional development in diverse areas. This year we organised sessions on climate justice and disaster resilience, legal observing, writing in plain English, social movement lawyering, our ethical responsibilities when working with people experiencing vulnerability, care and protection, managing social media, court advocacy, Centrelink and debt, disability and discrimination, and more.