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Australian Legal Info on Twitter

In Community, community legal centres, legal rights, Procrastination, twitter, women on August 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

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Now continuing the quest to provide links for people looking to connect and communicate via twitter, here is the list of #auslaw community legal centres,  legal advocacy, legal info and academic law centres that use twitter. I have included not-for-profits and some providers of legal information, but have not included commercial law firms, politicians, university news accounts or nontweeting accounts (sorry @austlii). A list of personal accounts of Australian twegals are listed here.  A link to Australian government accounts is at the end. The short bios are those provided by the tweeters themselves. Read on…

Academic Centres:


Based at Australia’s Monash University, protecting and promoting human rights is our mission. RTs and posted links are not endorsements. http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre

The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law plays a prominent, independent role in debate on public law issues vital to Australia’s future. http://www.gtcentre.unsw.edu.au

The ILC is a scholarly research centre on Indigenous legal issues. We publish the Indigenous Law Bulletin and the Australian Indigenous Law Review. http://www.ilc.unsw.edu.au/


Sharing our research & advocacy: Legal & Policy, Public Policy, Litigation, Community Contribution, New Media http://www.jumbunna.uts.edu.au/researchareas/index.html


Centre for Law, Governance & Public Policy: Meeting Australia’s future challenges through legal scholarship & research. (Responses,retweets & links not endorsed) Bond University, Australia · http://www.bond.edu.au/law-gov-policy/

Community Legal Centres:


The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the national community legal centre for the arts. Follow us for interesting arts/law news from around Aust and the world!



Australia’s leading asylum seeker organization. Follow for the latest breaking news, all the real facts to challenge the myths & how to help asylum seekers. http://www.asrc.org.au


The CLC4GV Campaign is seeking community support for a fully funded Community Legal Centre (CLC) in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria, Australia.



Federation of CLCs: The Federation leads and supports community legal centres to pursue social equity and challenge injustice. http://www.communitylaw.org.au


We work to advance Australian consumer interests through our free consumer law practice, policy and campaign work and financial counselling. http://www.consumeraction.org.au


We work for social change: to improve the lives of people in violent relationships and change community attitudes about abuse in families and relationships. http://www.dvrcv.org.au

The Environmental Defender’s Office Ltd, (EDO), is a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. http://www.edo.org.au/edonsw/site/default.php


Fitzroy Legal Service is a community legal service providing free legal assistance, policy and law reform, and publishes the Law Handbook. http://www.fitzroy-legal.org.au


A Melbourne community legal centre in the state of Victoria, Australia. We specialise in police accountability issues.



The HCLS is a community organisation whose aim is to foster community awareness of the law and make it more equitable and accessible. Follow/RT ≠ endorsement. Hobart, Bridgewater and Sorell · http://www.hobartlegal.org.au


The PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic is a specialist legal service that provides free legal assistance and human rights advocacy to people who are homeless.  http://www.pilch.org.au/hplc

We provide FREE legal advice to disadvantaged people living in Sydney’s inner city and anyone in NSW who identifies as LGBTIQ and needs expert legal advice.



Victorian non-profit employment rights community legal centre providing free telephone info & legal assistance to employees (inc youth/disadvantaged/CALD etc) http://www.jobwatch.org.au

@lawgradscheme:The Federation of Community Legal Centres’ Law Graduate Scheme gives law graduates the opportunity to start their career in the Victorian community legal sector http://www.communitylaw.org.au


A site for friends and supporters of the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre http://www.communitylaw.org.au/loddoncamaspe


Bruce administers the Community Legal Education & Reform database (CLEAR). He has no idea what he’s doing. http://naclcbruce.typepad.com


National Association of Community Legal Centres Inc (NACLC). We are the peak national body for Community Legal Centres in Australia. More at http://www.naclc.org.au  Sydney Australia · http://www.naclc.org.au


A centre of expertise about pro bono legal services based in Sydney Australia. sydney · http://nationalprobono.org.au [John Corker]


News from the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), a non-profit law and policy organisation that works for a fair and democratic society. http://www.piac.asn.au


Legal help for community organisations. Legal information, advice, training and advocacy. Follow us & get out free e-bulletin at http://www.pilch.org.au/subscribe/ http://www.pilchconnect.org.au


The Human Rights Law Centre promotes and protects human rights through policy analysis and advocacy, strategic litigation, education and capacity building. http://www.hrlc.org.au & see @Kodarights: A little horse doing big things for human rights in Victoria http://www.hrlc.org.au/koda/


These are the tweets of Joanna Shulman, CEO of Redfern Legal Centre (RLC). RLC is a community legal centre in NSW specialising in human rights and civil law. http://rlc.org.au


The Victorian Legal Assistance Forum promotes collaboration and co-ordination in the delivery of legal services for the socially and economically disadvantaged http://www.vlaf.org.au


Women’s Legal Service is a Community Legal Centre that provides free legal advice and information to women in Queensland.  http://www.wlsq.org.au

The Youth Law Centre ACT is Canberra’s free legal service dedicated to providing people under 25 with free and confidential legal advice. http://www.youthlawact.org.au

Legal Advocacy:


EqualityLaw.org.au encourages discussion about the Australian Government’s consolidation process of anti-discrimination laws into a single Equality Act. http://www.equalitylaw.org.au


We’re Amnesty International Australia: 100,000 defenders of human rights. News, campaign tidbits and live coverage of our actions. Tweets by Tom & the web team. http://www.amnesty.org.au


Official Australian Human Rights Commission Twitter: news and events from Australia’s human rights watchdog http://www.humanrights.gov.au


The Commonwealth Ombudsman safeguards the community in its dealings with Australian Government agencies. http://www.ombudsman.gov.au


A website focusing on the development of Australia’s National Human Rights Action Plan.


LIBERTY Victoria is one of Australia’s leading civil liberties organisations. Since 1936 we have worked to defend and extend human rights and freedoms http://www.libertyvictoria.org.au


We manage consumer laws, safeguard the rights of consumers and provide advice to businesses and traders on fair and ethical practices.  http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

Promoting criminal justice policies that are effective, evidence-based and human rights compliant: Smart action for a safer community.  http://www.smartjustice.org.au

Law Matters:


News and updates from Australia’s House of Representatives http://www.aph.gov.au/house


Hansard is the name given to transcripts of parliamentary proceedings in the Australian Senate and House of Representatives. http://www.aph.gov.au/Hansard/INDEX.HTM


Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). Current Inquiries are Classification(#clasrev), Family Violence (#FVI), and Discovery (#Dislaw). http://www.alrc.gov.au


News and updates from the Australian Senate http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate


Alternative Law Journal: Legal Writing in the Alternative. Australia’s leading independent human rights, social justice & law reform journal. Tweets by @mscastan & @billy_budgie. http://www.altlj.org


Musing on women working in law, legal education, the legal profession & related careers, mostly in Australia. All welcome. Please pop in on our blog. https://amicaecuriae.wordpress.com/


Covering all the legal news, cases and issues fit to tweet. We monitor almost 100 legal tweeters and hundreds of blawgs and MSM and alternative news sources http://www.cdu.edu.au/lawbusiness/


Victoria Law School Student Society. Established: 2012. #auslaw, #academia, #highered. 295 Queen Street, Melbourne · http://www.dictumsociety.org/


Helping make Victoria a safer and fairer place. http://www.justice.vic.gov.au


Foolkit Legal is a leading online legal resource + news site for the Australian public + legal profession. http://www.foolkit.com.au


Legify is a free web service which helps you instantly finds authoritative Australian legislation across all jurisdictions. It makes legal research almost fun! http://www.legify.com.au


News, updates and articles relating to Australian media, technology and communications law. http://www.lexmedia.com.au



One of Oz’s leading generalist law journals. We publish articles, case notes & book reviews on all areas of law. Co-publisher of the AGLC. Tweets by @nattylb.

Outsiders on the inside. Definitely antiOrdinary. Lawyers/colleagues committed 2 Innovation Ethics Collegiality. Tweets:Neil/Vivienne/Nicole


Weekly radio show investigating law in the name of social justice – 107.3FM Thursday 6.30pm http://www.radioatticus.com


The Council’s mission is to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government by informing, educating and advising on sentencing issues.  http://www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/


The geeks behind Survive Law http://www.survivelaw.com


Kate Gibbs @kategibbs edits The New Lawyer – breaking news for and about the Australian legal profession. Subscribe for free http://www.thenewlawyer.com.au http://www.thenewlawyer.com.au


The awardwinning LIJ is the Law Institute of Victoria’s flagship publication


The Foundation’s objective is to decrease distress, disability and the causes of depression and anxiety in the legal profession. http://www.tjmf.org.au


Victoria Law Foundation is a not-for-profit, independent statutory body that helps Victorians understand the law. Law Week runs from 16-22 May 2011. http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au


Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) is an independent, government-funded organisation that develops, reviews and recommends reform of Victorian state laws. http://www.lawreform.vic.gov.au


Victoria Law is a not-for-profit website that helps you find easy to understand information about the law and, free or low-cost legal services in Victoria. http://www.victorialaw.org.au/

@WACivilProcBlog: WA Civil Procedure Blog http://wacivilprocedure.com/


Women’s Legal Services NSW is a community legal centre that provides free legal services to women in NSW. Follows/RTs are not endorsements. New South Wales, Australia · http://www.womenslegalnsw.asn.au/


You Me Unity – the conversation about updating our constitution to reflect a modern Australia by recognising our first peoples & culture for the benefit of all.  http://youmeunity.org.au

ps, a big list of Australian government twitter accounts is found here on Craig Thomler’s blog.

Finally, I share with you one of my favorite #auslaw legal moments, and a reminder that many of the centres listed above are running on a shoestring, so support them any way you can.

If you want to add to the list, leave a comment below, as I will update periodically.

Melissa Castan teaches law; you can find her at @MsCastan on twitter or www.law.monash.edu.au/staff/mcastan.html at work.

  1. Big Thanks to @theLIJ (the Law Institute of Victoria’s Journal) who made a special reference to this blog and the twitter lists we maintain, in their October edition here http://www.liv.asn.au/News-and-Publications/Law-Institute-Journal/Archived-Issues/LIJ-October-2011/inSites Cheers!

  2. The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is now on Twitter. The Commission’s mission is to work with others to eliminate discrimination and build a community that respects and promotes human rights and equal opportunity. Follow us @VEOHRC for updates and information on equal opportunity and human rights.

  3. fabulous write-up.. I personally enjoyed going through it, and appreciate your sharing the tips and information !!

  4. Thanks for this!

    You can find more CLCs and CLC peeps at the list @WomensLegalNSW keeps – https://twitter.com/#!/womenslegalnsw/clcs

    You might want to add @WomensLegalNSW and other CLCs from their list (like @kingsfordlegal) to your list. Possibly also the list itself in case people would like to subscribe to it.

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  6. My firm is active on Twitter. We are advocates for the Rule of Law as a stabilizing force in society & an instrument for social justice.
    James Pope

  7. Great List! Thanks. John Chisholm also tweets frequently on Aus & global legal industry at @ChisConsult

  8. Thank you for posting “Australian Legal Info on Twitter Amicae Curiae”.
    Imight surely wind up being coming back for much more browsing and commenting here in the near future.
    Thanks, Bridgett

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