Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) offers free legal assistance from its offices in Box Hill, Boronia and Healesville during the day, at night and at outreach locations across Melbourne’s east.
In addition to direct legal services, ECLC actively engages in law reform and undertakes community development to educate and empower clients, workers and the general community. ECLC raises awareness of legal issues and provides education through projects and partnerships, workshops, media, events and publications.
ECLC has a small staff team, over 100 volunteers and is located in the Eastern region of Melbourne, serving the local government areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and the Yarra Ranges.
Eastern Community Legal Centre is committed to reform that achieves equality and social justice within the legal system for communities and people experiencing disadvantage.
To work with the community to identify and address issues of inequality and injustice in the legal system.
To provide free and accessible legal services that empower clients to meet their legal needs within a community development framework.
To identify the legal needs of disadvantaged people in the Eastern region through conducting research.
To provide an organisational structure and policies and procedures that supports the above objectives, and that specifically includes processes for the strategic planning and evaluation of the Centres activities.
To engage in collaborative partnerships and networks of agencies to assist in meeting the objectives of the Centre.
To promote awareness of the Centre and its activities within the community.
To encourage the involvement of the community in the Centres activities with a particular emphasis on a proactive membership and the contribution of volunteers.