Community Legal Centres Tasmania Inc. (CLC Tas) is the peak body for CLCs in Tasmania.
We are a member based, independent, not-for-profit and incorporated organisation that advocates for law reform on a range of public interest matters aimed at improving access to justice, reducing discrimination and protecting and promoting human rights.
We are resourced by a part-time policy officer who is funded by the Tasmanian Government and the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund.
CLC Tas itself does not provide legal advice to members of the public. The office is able to assist those seeking legal advice by referrals to an appropriate legal service provider.
What is a CLC?
Community legal centres are independent community organisations providing free legal services to the public.
Community legal centres provide free legal advice, information and representation to around 5000 Tasmanians each year.
Our focus is on providing legal services to the the socially and financially disadvantaged who in many cases are unable to access other legal services.
CLCs in Tasmania
There are eight community legal centres in Tasmania.
There are three generalist CLCs and five with specific interests including women, the environment, tenancy, animals and workers.
The Tasmanian CLCs are:
- Animal Welfare Community Legal Centre
- Environmental Defenders Office
- Hobart Community Legal Service
- Launceston Community Legal Centre
- North West Community Legal Centre
- Tenants’ Union of Tasmania
- Women’s Legal Service
- Worker Assist
How are CLC’s funded?
Some CLCs receive no or very little funding and are largely or entirely staffed by volunteers.
Other CLCs -including the vast majority in Tasmania- receive funds from a variety of sources including state and federal governments, philanthropic organisations, pro bono contributions and donations.
All CLCs rely on the energy, enthusiasm and expertise of a large number of volunteers.