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Overview of Sussex St Community Law Service

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Sussex Street Community Law Service Inc (SSCLS) is a non-profit non-government community-based organisation that provides access to accountable, non-judgmental and effective legal services to low income people in the community. SSCLS commenced operations in 1978. See history for the full story.

SSCLS is an approved public benevolent institution pursuant to the Income Tax Assessment Act and has charitable status. SSCLS was incorporated in 1985. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

SSCLS operates out of 29 Sussex Street, East Victoria Park. It is situated opposite the Park Centre next to the Victoria Park Library. Close to public transport, we are within walking distance of Albany Highway and Berwick Street. SSCLS also offers outreach services in Belmont and Midland. Contact the service for more information.

Services Available are

  • Legal advice in family, civil and minor criminal law

  • Financial counselling

  • Welfare rights advocacy

  • Tenancy advocacy

  • Disability discrimination

  • Disability Royal Commission advocacy

  • Individual disability advocacy

SSCLS gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance provided by the following without which we would not be able to provide the valuable services to the community.

Commonwealth Funding from the Department of

  • Commonwealth Attorney General's

State Government Funding from the

  • Department of Community Communities

  • Department of Social Services

  • State Attorney General

Other Funding and support

  • The Law Society of WA

  • Town of Victoria Park

  • Freehills for its valuable assistance in providing solicitors on secondment and providing valuable pro-bono support in a number of other areas

Volunteers provide a valuable contribution to the services delivered and we would like to acknowledge the assistance of all who are involved in service provision in any way at all and especially

  • To the volunteer solicitors for our night legal services

  • Students, who whole-heartedly participate in casework

  • Contributors to chapters in the WA Law Handbook

  • Past and present members of the Board of Management

Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners

At SSCLS, we respectfully acknowledge Traditional Owners of country, the Aboriginal people of the many lands that we work on throughout Western Australia and across Australia.

We recognise their continuing connections to land, sea and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present; and extend our respect to all Aboriginal communities of today.

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Sussex Street Centre commenced operation on 1 March 1978 as a family resource centre, under the auspice of the Curtin University of Technolo


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