AED Legal Centre is a specialist Community Legal Service operating throughout the state of Victoria.

The centre provides information, education, advice, and legal representation to people with a disability who experience discrimination in the areas of education or employment.

Our main objective is to defend the human rights of people with a disability in education or employment and give them access to the justice system through a combination of individual, legal and systemic advocacy. 

The centre is a member of the Federation of Community Legal Centres of Victoria and is accredited by the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLCs).

AED Legal Centre is part of the National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP) and is mainly funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

Our national Wage Justice Campaign is funded by the Reichstein Foundation.

AED acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands across Australia and particularly the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation on which the AED office is situated. We pay deep respect to Elders past and present.  







AED works in partnership with service users, other disability and community agencies, trade unions, employers and government. Our aim is to:

  • protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with disability;

  • empower employees with a disability who experience workplace discrimination or disadvantage;

  • promote the inclusion and participation of people with a disability in education and employment;

  • empower students and their families in addressing barriers to education and;

  • increase community awareness and promote better community attitudes toward people with a disability.


success stories

Historic court victory

Historic court victory

AED's greatest achievement to date is the Federal Court decision in a landmark wage case that has had wide-ranging ramifications for 20,000 employees with disabilities working in Australian Disability Enterprises.

Since 2004, some employers chose to calculate the wages of people with disability using the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) which resulted in a very poor return on work, despite people with disability contributing significantly to meeting Australia’s packaging, manufa… more

An Apology

An Apology

Jane was a supported employee working in an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).

When she was terminated from work she sought help from AED Legal Centre. The lawyers from AED helped Jane to make an application at the Australian Industrial Relation Commission (now Fair Work commission) because she thought she received unjust treatment from her employer.

As well as financial compensation, Jane received an apology from both the Employer and her Supervisor as well as being able to continue p… more

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276 Flinders St
Melbourne 3000

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