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Community Legal Centres

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) provide legal assistance in the form of information, advice, representation services, law reform and community legal education.

The South Australian Attorney-General’s Department and the commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department jointly fund 8 Community Legal Centres across South Australia.

If you need legal assistance, please call the Free Legal Helpline on 1300 366 424 or visit the South Australian Community Legal Centres website to find your nearest Community Legal Centre.

New service delivery model for Community Legal Services

The state government is implementing a new way to deliver legal assistance services following a recent review.

The new model will strengthen its focus on critical priority areas, such as a state-wide service for women and children experiencing domestic violence and other family law issues, and a dedicated welfare rights service.

Generalist legal services will be improved to target the most vulnerable members of our community whilst capitalising on new technology for online service delivery, online resources, and partnerships with other community service organisations.

The needs of people in regional and remote areas are also a priority, therefore improvements in technology will enhance access to information and advice for those not living close to a centre.

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services 2015-2020, commonwealth funding for CLCs will have reduced by approximately 40% by 2017-2018 when compared to 2014-2015, whilst the level of state funding provided will have been increased by approximately 2.5% annually over the same time.

To implement the new model a selective market tender will be undertaken. This tender will be open to the 8 existing CLCs only and is expected to be complete by 2017-18.