National Association of Community Legal Centres Graduate Programs & Internships

CLCs are independent, non-profit, community‐based organisations that provide free and accessible legal and related services to disadvantaged members of the community, and to people with special needs or who are for other reasons vulnerable and at risk.

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The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) is the peak national body for CLCs in Australia; NACLC's members are the state and territory peak bodies of CLCs.

Together, these organisations represent around 200 CLCs in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia. Some Family Violence Prevention Legal Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Legal Services choose to join state and territory CLC associations and also come under the NACLC umbrella.

NACLC is established for the public charitable purposes of assisting disadvantaged and marginalised people in the Australian community obtain access to legal services by, including but not limited to:

  • supporting and assisting CLCs to provide these services
  • providing a national forum for CLCs
  • developing and coordinating national CLCs policy, and
  • advancing the interests of CLCs within Australia.

Our Ideals

NACLC’s vision is:
Achieving rights, fairness and equality for our communities.

NACLC’s mission is that:
NACLC leads, connects and develops CLCs to pursue rights, fairness and equality for all communities.

NACLC’s strategic priorities are to:

  • lead in good practice for NGOs by building the long-term viability and sustainability of NACLC’s governance, management and organisational structures
  • advocate for access to justice and the promotion and protection of human rights
  • proactively identify and respond to the sector-identified and sector-driven needs of CLCs
  • develop, maintain and strengthen mutually beneficial collaborations with CLCs and with key stakeholders and peak bodies
  • establish and support the operation of the knowmore legal advisory service.

To learn more about NACLC’s vision, values and priorities, please access NACLC’s strategic plan here.


Want to hear about volunteering at a CLC?

An intern from the University of New South Wales, Vanessa Ji, shares her experiences of volunteering with Redfern Legal Centre:

What about working at a CLC?

Hear from Liana Buchanan, then Executive Officer, Federation of Community Legal Centres in Victoria:

What are the benefits of undertaking a PLT placement at a CLC?

Hear from Anne Kinny about her placement at Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre.

To read some examples of the work of volunteers, you may download a publication from NACLC, titled: Working Collaboratively: CLCs and Volunteers.


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