Welcome to KLC
Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) is a community legal centre providing free legal advice, casework and community legal education to people who live, work or study in the Randwick and Botany Bay local government areas of New South Wales.
We specialise in discrimination law and provide advice New South Wales wide on discrimination problems.
We are part of the Law Faculty of UNSW Australia and run innovative clinical legal education courses where law students analyse the operation of the legal system by working with disadvantaged clients of the Centre. Students at KLC are encouraged to think critically about the law and the legal system while assisting real clients and working on projects.
Kingsford Legal Centre acknowledges the Gadigal and Bidjigal Clans, who traditionally occupied the Sydney Coast. We respect those Elders, past and present, and thank them for allowing us to work and study on their lands
Debate around the issue of freedom of speech and racial vilification is only set to intensify following the Prime Minister's announcement last week of a Parliamentary Inquiry. Our Director Anna and Solicitor Maria offer a perspective based on frontline experience in the latest post on the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law blog.
You can read their account here.
KLC ran its annual bake sale to raise awareness of the work of grassroots community organisations in alleviating poverty. Due to stellar work from Roselle Nunes and students Michael Plibersek, Patrick Tighe and Jordano Rodriquez the stall raised $1000 for the Kooloora Community Centre. Thanks to all that baked and bought on the day!
We cannot afford to lose another generation of Aboriginal children to the criminal justice system.
Right now, over half the children in NSW jails are Aboriginal. In 2014 it cost us $293,200 to lock up one child for one year. Imagine what that money could be spent on in communities.
This year marks thirty five years since KLC first opened its doors. In the years since, the Centre has been instrumental in empowering the local community through the provision of free legal advice and education, and in equipping successive generations of UNSW law students with the skills, knowledge and analysis necessary to become socially conscious lawyers.
Kingsford Legal Centre, working with the National Association of Community Legal Centres, has made a submission to the Review of Australia Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The key campaign ‘asks’ for the Commonwealth Government include:
Reverse the funding cuts
1. Reverse the $12.1 million (30%) funding cut to Community Legal Centres nationally in 2017-2018, the $11.6 million (27%) cut in 2018-2019, and the $11.13 million (26%) cut in 2019-2020 (amounting to a $34.83 million cut over the period 2017-18 to 2019-2020) under the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services.
KLC's Aboriginal Access Worker, Kaleesha Morris, has updated our Aboriginal Service Provision Manaual.
This resource equips KLC’s volunteer solicitors, incoming students and other service providers with cultural awareness about local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and tips on how to provide effective service delivery to them.
Many people in Australia can’t get the legal help they need. In 2014-2015, over 160,000 of Australia’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people had to be turned away by community legal centres, largely due to a lack of resources.
Australians are overwhelmingly in favour of universal legal aid availability, according to an independent national poll commissioned by the Legal Aid Matters campaign. 1019 Australians, demographically weighted to reflect the national population, were asked: How much do you agree or disagree with the following proposition? 'In Australia, anyone who encounters a serious legal issue, but cannot afford a lawyer, should be able to rely on legal representation being provided through legal aid.'