Northern community legal centre inc

formerly known as

Moreland Community Legal CENTRE INC AND BROADMEADOWS COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE

 

 

OUR AIMS

We recognise that our social, legal and economic systems are inherently inequitable, and that sections of our community experience injustice at both individual and collective levels.

In particular, we recognise that these inequalities are present in our catchment areas of the Hume City Council, Moreland City Council and Mitchell Shire Council. There are large numbers of people who experience disadvantage and discrimination created by structural barriers including insecure housing, inadequate incomes, physical, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, being new to the country and not speaking/reading English.

Our aims are to:

  • Provide a free and readily accessible legal service to people in necessitous circumstances who qualify under the Centre's eligibility criteria.
  • Participate in and provide free legal advice and education in the community.
  • Participate in and involve persons in the community in the recognition, understanding and solution of their own legal problems.
  • Participate and practice preventative law.
  • Initiate and participate in law reform.
  • Initiate and participate in social and economic reforms that promote social and economic justice.
 

OUR Objectives

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Practising casework that works towards equalising the power imbalances between advisor and client;
  • Working in ways that enable individuals to gain greater control over their lives;
  • Providing community education and awareness programs;
  • Collaborating with other community organisations to address the structural barriers that disadvantage and discriminate against certain sectors of the community.
  • Promoting law reform through participation in working groups, networking with politicians, and the preparation of draft reports and legislation.
  • Participation in working groups which aim to promote social equality through law reform; and
  • To initiate and be involved in campaigns.

ABOUT US

The Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) is a not-for-profit community legal centre formed in early 2016 following an amalgamation of the former Broadmeadows Community Legal Service and Moreland Community Legal Centre. The NCLC operates in one of the fastest growing areas of Melbourne, and has a significant catchment including the Hume City Council, Moreland City Council and Mitchell Shire Council. The NCLC operates from a central office located in Gladstone Park, with outreach services to other service areas, including Broadford, Sunbury, Coburg and Craigieburn.
 
The main purpose of the NCLC is the benevolent relief of suffering, distress, misfortune, helplessness and disadvantage experienced by people who live, work or study in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, and in particular those who would not otherwise have access to legal assistance.  The objects of the NCLC include the provision of free and accessible services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people including legal services, legal education, community development, law reform initiatives and advocacy. The NCLC has a strong and proud focus on family violence.

Our Region

The NCLC operates in one of the fastest growing areas of Melbourne, and has a significant catchment including the Hume City Council, Moreland City Council and Mitchell Shire Council.