Legal Resources

Crime and Justice Reform Committee

The CJRC provides information concerning the efficacy and cost effectiveness of current responses to crime, and the potential for alternative approaches. It does so by making experts in criminology available to parliamentarians, political parties, the media and other interested persons and organisations.

Federation of Community Legal Centres – Victoria

Community Legal Centres are independent community organisations that provide free legal services to the public. Their focus is on helping clients who face economic and social disadvantage and who have nowhere else to go for help. The Federation leads and supports community legal centres to pursue social equity and challenge injustice.

Human Rights and the Law

Human Rights and the Law is an interactive guide to researching human rights with a focus on the law. It provides information on current and past cases both in Australia and overseas, as well as links to resources such as relevant books and journals. The guide is produced by the Law Library, in collaboration with Associate Professor John Tobin.

Neighbourhood Justice Centre – Collingwood, Victoria

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre offers services such as mediation, legal advice, counselling, community education, material aid as well as housing and training support.  These services and programs are delivered in a restorative justice framework and are aimed at tackling the underlying causes of criminal behaviour and disadvantage, reducing crime, and improving the wellbeing of the community.


The Public Interest Law Clearing House is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which is committed to furthering the public interest, improving access to justice and protecting human rights. PILCH does this by facilitating pro bono legal services to Victorian individuals and organisations in need, and by undertaking law reform, policy work and legal education.

Progressive Law Network

The PLN was formed at Monash University by a passionate group of law students, all hoping to achieve social and environmental justice through the use of their law careers. It is an organisation dedicated to informing students and practitioners about altruistic legal career paths in the environmental, human rights and social justice sectors.

Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group

We are a small group of citizens living on the Mornington Peninsula who are committed to promoting understanding of and respect for human rights in our municipality and beyond.

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

VALS was established in 1973 as a community controlled Co-operative Society. VALS plays an important role in providing referrals, advice/information, duty work or case work assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the State of Victoria. It provides free legal advice and representation for the Koorie community. See also our community partners.

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid helps people with their legal problems. They focus on helping and protecting the rights of socially and economically disadvantaged Victorians. They can help in areas of criminal law, family law and some civil law matters.

Victorian Legal Assistance Forum

VLAF aims to advocate for increased access to legal services for socially and economically disadvantaged people, and continuously improve service delivery models by providers of legal assistance services to be responsive to unmet legal needs.


Youthlaw is a specialist legal centre that provides free and confidential advice or information on legal issues facing young people up to the age of 25. Youthlaw advocates for change to laws, policies and practises that advance the human rights of young people. Current campaigns include police powers, diversion and infringements.

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