Funding for community legal centres to help more people

Published: 3 May 2019

Dozens of community legal centres (CLCs) across the state will receive an increase in funding to help people who need free legal services, including victims of domestic and family violence.

From 2019-20, the CLC sector will receive record funding of more than $14 million per year from the NSW Government and the Public Purpose Fund.

The Women’s Legal Service NSW, Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre and South West Sydney Legal Centre will receive more than $6.7 million in funding over the next three years. Other CLCs helping vulnerable members of the community will have their funding either maintained or boosted from 2016-17 levels.

Attorney General and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Mark Speakman called CLCs the unsung heroes of their local communities.

“Their dedicated individuals work at the coalface to help at-risk members of the community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children who have been victims of violence, people struggling with domestic and family violence, migrants and people with disabilities,” Mr Speakman said.

“The NSW Government will continue to champion the vital work of CLCs so their lawyers and staff have the resources they need to support their clients, now and into the future.”

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