Care for community. Fight for justice.
Central Coast Community Legal Centre is a community-owned, community-run, not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote social justice for the people of the NSW Central Coast. We are here because we care about the wellbeing of our community and we have a vision for a fairer society based on access to justice. We believe there can be no such thing as justice without equal access to legal advice and information for everyone—and this is our area of specialist expertise.
What we do
We provide non-judgemental, free legal help for people living, working and studying on the Central Coast who can’t afford a lawyer—on the phone, in person and in specialist outreach clinics at Toukley Neighbourhood Centre, Coast Shelter, Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation, Wyong Hospital (Mental Health Team) and Wyong Local Court. We also run the Children’s Court Assistance Scheme to support young people and their families attending Broadmeadow, Wyong and Woy Woy Children’s Courts.
We give out information and conduct a range of community legal education activities including a program for community workers on critical legal issues for their clients (such as housing and tenancy; family law and AVOs; police powers; Aboriginal people and the law and more).
We are also committed to undertake law reform advocacy when and where we see the need.
Who we work with
Our mission is to empower the most disadvantaged people in our community with quality legal information, education and advice and help them understand and access the justice system to achieve better—and fairer—outcomes for themselves.
We give priority to people living in poverty, Aboriginal people, people living in fear of violence, people with a disability, and anyone who is otherwise marginalised or vulnerable.
An important feature of our approach is that we work in partnership with other community service organisations to help provide a ‘wrap-around’ service for our clients—because legal problems never exist in isolation, and neither do the solutions. Central Coast Community Legal Centre enjoys close working relationships with:
Shelter, refuges and homelessness services
Health services, including mental health services and women’s health centres
Part of a network of community legal centres
Established over twenty years ago in 1996, the Central Coast Community Legal Centre is one of almost 200 similar services operating across Australia, including 40 in New South Wales. (Some community legal centres specialise in particular areas of law, such as the Women’s Legal Centre or the Tenants’ Advisory Service, while others are generalist local centres, like ours.)
We are part of—and accredited by—the National Association of Community Legal Centres, which is committed to social justice and defending human rights in Australia.
Our peak body is Community Legal Centres NSW and we work in collaboration with other community legal centres, Legal Aid NSW and private law firms as well as our referral network of community organisations.
Who funds us?
Community Legal Centres are funded by a variety of funding bodies including the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, the Legal Aid Commission, NSW Public Purpose Fund, Legal Aid NSW, The Office for Women’s Policy and the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.
We welcome offers to volunteer for us as well as support in the form of a tax deductible donation. Find out more about how you can support us here.