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

 

 



 

 


Latest News

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the committee) has told the Australian Government it is failing to protect the human rights of Australian women and girls in many areas.   Kingsford Legal Centre law reform solicitors Maria Nawaz and Tess Deegan, who are in Geneva for a UN Committee review, said the UN’s scathing assessment is a fair reflection of the Australian government’s continued failure to uphold the human rights of diverse groups of women and girls in Australia.UN expert Patricia Schultz grilled the Australian government over the lack of

The Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, which passed through NSW Parliament this week, introduces welcome employment protections for pregnant women, according to Kingsford Legal Centre Director Anna Cody.

“Women, including pregnant women, make a valuable contribution to the workforce and should not face discrimination at work on the basis of pregnancy,” Ms Cody said.

The UN Human Rights Committee responsible for conducting a review of Australia’s compliance with human rights has today raised with an Australian Government delegation the case of Ms Dhu, an Aboriginal woman who died in custody in Western Australian after being arrested for defaulting on fines. The Committee pressed the delegation on whether recommendations made by the WA Coroner in the wake of Ms Dhu’s case to repeal imprisonment for defaulting on fines had been implemented, and if not, why not.

KLC 2017 Annual Report

Solicitors from Kingsford Legal Centre (KLC) will be lead an NGO delegation in Geneva at the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) next week.
The UN Committee will be reviewing Australia’s human rights performance and compliance with its women’s rights treaty obligations.

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.

Just Reinvest NSW Youth Forum

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.

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (the committee) has told the Australian Government it is failing to protect the human rights of Australian women and girls in many areas.
Kingsford Legal Centre law reform solicitors Maria Nawaz and Tess Deegan, who are in Geneva for a UN Committee review, said the UN’s scathing assessment is a fair reflection of the Australian government’s continued failure to uphold the human rights of diverse groups of women and girls in Australia.

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.