Marrickville Legal Centre's vision is to promote social justice, through the provision of free and accessible legal and related services to people who experience social and economic disadvantage.
MLC believes that people have a right to legal information, advice, advocacy and representation which is accessible and relevant to their lives. We aim to utilise both legal and community processes to promote an agenda of social justice and to work towards fairer legal and social outcomes for those most disadvantaged in our community. We are committed to providing the community with a wide range of legal and related services that are delivered in diverse ways and in co-operation with community networks and resources.
MLC provides legal services throughout the inner west, south west and southern Sydney, to the twelve former Local Government Areas of Ashfield, Auburn, Bankstown, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Hurstville, Kogarah, Marrickville, Rockdale, Strathfield and Sutherland. Over 1.5 million people live in MLC’s catchment area: that’s 30 percent of Sydney’s population of five million.
MLC provides a Youth Legal Service to young people under the age of twenty-five across New South Wales.
MLC provides a Strata Collective Sales Advocacy Service, which offers advice and advocacy to people across New South Wales in relation to the impact of the strata laws introduced in New South Wales in November 2016.
MLC provides the specialist tenancy services of the Inner West Tenants’ Advice & Advocacy Service (IWTAAS) and the Northern Sydney Area Tenants’ Service (NSATS). IWTAAS services the Local Government Areas of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Marrickville and Strathfield. NSATS is based in Chatswood and services the Local Government Areas of Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Pittwater, Ryde, Warringah and Willoughby.
MLC provides a domestic violence support service, offering non-legal support services to people who have experienced family and domestic violence.
MLC’s legal services include community legal education, and community development through participation in local, state-wide and national committees, inter-agencies and networks.
Recognising barriers to access to justice, MLC prioritises service delivery to: young people, people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, people with a mental illness, people with a disability, people who have experienced family violence, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people.