About Us

pro bono publico

(relating to work that is done, especially by a lawyer) without asking for payment: pro bono cases / lawyers / work

‘He takes on some charity cases pro bono’.

Cambridge English Dictionary

My Community Legal Inc. is an independent initiative of the Gold Coast District Law Association and collaborates with government, many members, volunteers, partners and other not-for-profits.  We are one of two Gold Coast nationally-accredited community legal centres.

We provide lawyers, law students and many other friends, the opportunity to serve the city of Gold Coast by providing free legal services to those who need but cannot afford a lawyer.

My Community Legal is an independent, pro bono-powered association and enjoys the support of numerous partners including:

  • Federal Government
  • Queensland Government
  • Gold Coast District Law Association;
  • Queensland Law Society;
  • Bond University;
  • Griffith University;
  • Southern Cross University;
  • Other Partners; and
  • Philanthropists.

Community Legal Centres (CLCs) respond to community need rather than an agenda.  We have at our core a belief in pro bono publico volunteering of the legal profession, human rights and natural justice according to law.

CLC’s are independent, not-for-profit incorporated law practices funded from a range of agencies to provide legal services to a defined geographic community.  We are immersed in the community and collaborate with many other community organisations to provide a whole-of-client solution, such as in emergency accommodation, social counselling and financial advice.

My Community Legal is one of 38 nationally-accredited CLC’s in Queensland and only two in city of Gold Coast. 

Our incorporated association, principal lawyer, coordinator and other volunteers are controlled in several ways, all being community-focussed, including:

  • as officers of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • by Queensland Law Society issued practising certificates and the Legal Profession Act 2007
  • the Associations Incorporation Act 1981
  • Community Legal Centres Queensland membership
  • Community Legal Centres Australia national accreditation
  • Funding agreements from government
  • licence to occupy the Robina Community Centre
  • terms of student volunteering from Bond University, Griffith University and Southern Cross University
  • terms of donations from members, partners and philanthropists.

Our management committee comprises representatives from a wide range of legal practitioners.  We also are delighted to have voting committee members from Bond University, Griffith University, Southern Cross University and the wider Gold Coast community.

My Community Legal Inc. is an association, incorporated according to Queensland Law, bearing registration number IA41079 and ABN 75 853 350 833.  The association’s previous names are Community Legal Gold Coast and Robina Community Legal Centre.