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The Community Legal Centres Association of WA (the Association) is the peak organisation representing the 28 Community Legal Centres (CLCs) operating in Western Australia.

It is committed to the principles of human rights, social justice and equity, including the rights of Western Australians to equity in access to legal services.

The Association conducts its business via General meetings of members, an Executive Committee elected by the membership and various sub committees and working parties. The Association is resourced by a Secretariat office located in East Perth.

The Association is part of a national network of community legal centres, the National Association of Community Legal Centres.

Who Qualifies for Services?

CLCs primarily target their services for people who are ineligible for legal aid and who are unable to afford the services of a private lawyer.

Some centres are set up to meet the needs of specific people - such as young people, women, or people with mental illness. You may need to check any eligibility requirements when contacting the centre.

A CLC will not be able to assist you if it is already providing services to another party in a dispute. This is called a conflict of interest. If this occurs we suggest you contact another CLC, or another legal provider.


What are Community Legal Centres?

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are community based and controlled organisations providing free or low-cost services to their communities.

Some CLCs provide general community legal services for people living in a geographic area, either in the metropolitan area or in regional and remote areas. Other CLCs provide specialist services for certain clients or in a certain interest area (eg mental health, tenancy, women, young people, refuge status, and consumer issues). Some 'generalist' CLCs also provide some specialist services, see the information in our directory for which services you can access from each centre.

CLC services include information and advice; casework and minor assistance; representation and advocacy; community legal education; policy and law reform. Each CLC may offer difference services, depending on the needs of the community.

There are currently 28 community based, community managed legal centres throughout metropolitan, regional and remote WA.

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