About Us

About Us

Peninsula Community Legal Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that has been providing free legal services to Melbourne’s south-eastern communities since 1977.

The Centre helps people use the law to protect and advance their rights, offering free advice on most legal issues, including family law, family violence, fines, tenancy and rooming house advocacy. Ongoing assistance is targeted to assist clients who are experiencing disadvantage. The Centre undertakes a range of community legal education, community engagement and law reform activities and is active in a number of community and Sector networks.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre utilises the skills and work of volunteers to extend and enhance its operations and service delivery.

Peninsula Community Legal Centre is funded by the following sources:

  • Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department
  • Department of Justice & Community Safety (Vic)
  • Consumer Affairs Victoria
  • Victoria Legal Aid

And also gratefully acknowledges financial support from the following sources:

  • Frankston City Council
  • City of Kingston
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • City of Casey
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire

Vision

Delivering justice for our community.

Promoting and protecting human rights and equality before the law.

Mission

PCLC will …

  • empower and support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community to address their legal needs
  • engage and build an ever strengthening and capable legal practice
  • foster and maintain a network of support for the vulnerable and disadvantaged within our community
  • support families in the provision of services that champion child welfare and safety in the eyes of the law
  • deliver a legal service that builds our community toward building one free from family violence

Values

Accessibility
We assist vulnerable and disadvantaged people to obtain justice that they would otherwise be denied

Empowerment
We work towards strengthening the capacity of all people to understand their rights, pursue their interests and understand their responsibilities

Fairness
We treat all people justly, reasonably and in a non-discriminatory manner

Independence
We are free from external control or influence and are therefore unfettered in our ability to speak for our clients and our community

Integrity
We deliver service based upon our strong moral principles and ethics

Quality
We are a leading legal assistance sector organisation committed to providing quality, evidence based solutions to pressing issues facing our community

Respect
We treat others with dignity and in a manner which demonstrates regard to their feelings, wishes, autonomy and rights

These values underpin all that PCLC stands for and does.
They strengthen our organisation and its capacity to deliver on its promises.

Goals

  1. Deliver high quality and holistic community legal services, ensuring equity, fairness and justice for all.
  2. Actively engage in systemic advocacy to promote and enhance human rights and ensure access to justice.
  3. Proactively develop the organisation and its employees to effectively respond to changing community needs.
  4. Innovatively and responsively address increasingly complex legal and social issues impacting upon our community.
  5. Demonstrate leadership within our community and the legal assistance sector for the benefit of the service.

Please view our full PCLC Strategic Plan 2020-24