The Change Toolkit is a guide for people in community legal centres – and elsewhere – who are interested in improving the lives of people in their community through law reform, policy and advocacy. It is hoped that the guide will help CLC staff to know where to start when they see unfair laws and practices that need to be improved.
About the Federation of Community Legal Centres
The Change Toolkit was prepared by the Federation of Community Legal Centres. The Federation is the peak body for 49 community legal centres (‘CLCs’) across Victoria.
CLCs provide free legal advice, information and representation to more than 100,000 Victorians each year. Most CLC clients face significant economic, social or cultural disadvantage.
The Federation leads and supports Victorian community legal centres in pursuing social equity and access to justice. The Federation:
- provides information and referrals to people seeking legal assistance;
- works to build a stronger and more effective community legal sector;
- works for law reform to develop a fairer legal system that better responds to the needs of the disadvantaged;
- provides services and support to community legal centres; and
- represents community legal centres’ priorities and interests.
As the peak body for Victorian CLCs, the Federation has a unique perspective on the justice system and access to justice issues. Its views are informed by the casework of its member centres, and the Federation advocates on behalf of both CLCs and their clients to address gaps in the provision of legal services to some of the most vulnerable members of the Victorian community.
The Federation can be contacted at:
Level 3, 225 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
Phone: (03) 9652 1500
The Federation would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the following organisations and individuals for their support for this project:
Hugh de Kretser, Tamar Hopkins, Gerard Brody and Rachel Ball, who willingly agreed to share their expertise in the videos that accompany the Toolkit.
Tanita Northcott, Claire Alexander and Anna Thwaites, who interned with us through the Melbourne University Law School Internship Program. Tanita, Claire and Anna’s excellent research and writing were invaluable in the creation of the Toolkit.
Mariona Guiu for embracing this project and for filming and producing the videos that accompany the Toolkit.
Shamus Hoare, Ben Lagoutte and Anna Buys at Gozer for their wonderful work designing this website.
The Federation’s Justice Policy Standing Group, whose members provided valuable advice and feedback throughout the preparation of the guide.
The Human Rights Law Centre, Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre, the Consumer Action Law Centre, Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, Charandev Singh, Anthony Kelly and Karoline Morwitzer for providing the photos used on this website and in the videos.
The Legal Services Board Grants Program for its grant enabling us to undertake our work on this project.
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To download the entire Change Toolkit, click here (PDF, 5.5MB).