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This section provides details of organisations in NSW that provide legal or other forms of assistance. It also provides details of other organisations which provide services to disadvantaged people and communities.

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Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (ALS)
Head Office
1B
619 Elizabeth Street
Redfern, New South Wales 2016

T: (02) 8303 6699
W: www.alsnswact.org.au
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We work in Criminal law, Children's Care and Protection law and Family law, and we provide information and referral for Civil law. We also assist with Work and Development Orders and Custody Notification.

 

We have 23 offices and 187 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT determined to get justice for Aboriginal people and the community.

Animal Defenders Office (ADO)
Address
Griffin Centre
20 Genge Street
Civic, ACT 2601

T: 0428 416 857
W: www.ado.org.au
E: contact@ado.org.au
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The Animal Defenders Office (ADO) is a not-for-profit legal centre that specialises in animal law and animal protection matters.

ADO offers free advice and representation for individuals and groups that want to take action for animals. They also assist people with other animal issues e.g....

Anti-Discrimination Board NSW
T: (02) 9268 5555
T: 1800 670 812 (for callers outside Sydney metro)
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Address
43-51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo, New South Wales 2011

W: www.artslaw.com.au
E: artslaw@artslaw.com.au
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The Arts Law Centre of Australia is a specialist legal centre for artists and art organisations throughout Australia, with arts-related queries including contracts, copyright, defamation, business structures and insurance.

 


Australian Centre for Disability Law
Address
Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012

T: 02 9370 3135
T: 02 9211 5549 (TTY)
T: 1800 644 419 (toll free TTY)
T: 1800 800 708 (toll free)
W: www.disabilitylaw.org.au
E: adviceline@disabilitylaw.org.au
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The Australian Centre for Disability Law provides free legal information, advice and representation for people with disability and their associates in relation to claims of disability discrimination occurring in NSW.

It also undertakes policy and law reform work and provide community lega...

Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)
Address
Level 2
619 Elizabeth Street
Redfern, New South Wales 2016

T: (02) 9310 6200
W: www.acoss.org.au
E: info@acoss.org.au
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Australian Human Rights Commission
T: (02) 9284 9600
T: Complaints Infoline 1300 656 419
W: www.humarights.gov.au
Australian Pro Bono Centre
Address
The Law Building
University of New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales 2052

T: 02 9385 7381
W: www.probonocentre.org.au
E: info@probonocentre.org.au
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The Australian Pro Bono Centre does not give legal advice.

The Australian Pro Bono Centre works with the legal profession adn the community sector to produce and promote resources that directly enhance the delivery of pro bono legal services. The Centre encourages the development of innov...

Bar Association Duty Barrister Scheme
T: (02) 9232 4055
W: www.nswbar.asn.au
E: enquiries@nswbar.asn.au

One of the Bar Association’s longest standing pro bono schemes is the Duty Barrister Scheme at the Downing Centre, which provides assistance in both the District and Local Courts.

The duty barrister, either at the request of the court or direct by members of the public, can appear i...

Bar Association Legal Assistance Referral Scheme (LARS)
T: (02) 9232 4055
W: www.nswbar.asn.au
E: enquiries@nswbar.asn.au

The Bar Association runs LARS under which a person may obtain legal assistance from members of the Bar.

Consideration of an application is a three-stage process:

  • First stage: LARS considers the application. Applications will automatically be refused if the ...
Central Coast Community Legal Centre
Address
31 Alison Road
Wyong, New South Wales 2259

T: 02 4353 4988
W: www.centralcoastclc.org.au
E: centralcoast@clc.net.au
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Community Justice Centres
Address
Level 5
Parramatta Justice Precinct
160 Marsden Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150

T: 1800 990 777
W: www.cjc.nsw.gov.au
E: cjc_sydney@agd.nsw.gov.au
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Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS)
Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS)
66 Albion Street
Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010

T: 02 9211 2599
W: www.ncoss.org.au
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The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS) is the peak body for the social and community services sector in New South Wales. NCOSS plays a coordination, advocacy, policy development, leadership and information role for the social and community services sector in New South Wales. In ...

District Court of New South Wales Legal Assistance Scheme
Dtarawarra Aboriginal Resource Unit
T: (02) 9589 1839

Free advice and advocacy to Aboriginal tenants living in NSW.

Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre
Address
4 Station Street
Katoomba, New South Wales 2780

T: 1300 363 976
T: 02 6331 6649 (Bathurst office)
W: www.eeclc.org.au
E: admin@eeclc.org.au
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Contact for more information and to make appointments:

  • Blue Mountains Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service provides advice and casework assistance to tenants living in the Blue Mountains area and duty advocacy at Katoomba NCAT.
  • Cooperative Legal Service Delivery Regional Coordinator for Central Tablelands.
  • Family Relationship Centre Bathurst offers an outreach service at Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre.

Environmental Defenders Office NSW (EDO NSW)
Lismore Office
16 Carrington Street
Lismore, New South Wales 2480

Sydney Office
Level 5
263 Clarence Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

T: 02 9262 6989
T: 1800 626 239
W: www.edonsw.org.au
E: edonsw@edonsw.org.au
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EDO NSW is a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. It helps people who want to protect the environment through law. It gives free initial telephone advice on matters of environmental law and policy and, if appropriate, provides written advice and ongoing assist...

Family Relationship Centres
T: Advice Line - Freecall 1800 050 321
Federal Court Legal Assistance Scheme
W: www.fedcourt.gov.au
Federal Magistrates Court Legal Assistance Scheme
Prothonotary


W: www.nswbar.asn.au

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The Court can refer a party to a registrar for referral to a lawyer on the pro bono panel under Part 12 of the Federal Magistrates Court Rules. Registrars in each registry of the court maintain lists of lawyers who agree to participate in the scheme.

 

Supreme Court of New So...

Financial Rights Legal Centre
Address
PO Box 538
Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010

T: 1800 007 007 (National Debt Helpline)
T: 1300 663 464 (Insurance Law Service)
T: 1800 650 084 (Advice for Financial Counsellors only)
T: 1800 808 488 (Aboriginal Advice Service)
W: www.financialrights.org.au
E: info@financialrights.org.au
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Financial Rights Legal Centre provides free financial counselling, information, referral and legal advice to individual consumers on credit, debt and insurance issues.

Hours:
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Greater Sydney Aboriginal Tenants Service
T: (02) 9698 0873

Free advice and advocacy to Aboriginal tenants.

HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (NSW) (HALC)
Address
414 Elizabeth Street
Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010

T: 02 9206 2060
W: www.halc.org.au
E: halc@halc.org.au
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The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (NSW) (HALC) provides advice and representation across all aspects of a legal matter, from initial advice to trial preparation, representation and, where necessary, appeal in HIV and Hep C related legal matters.

Practice areas of strength include discrimination, ...

Housing Appeals Committee
T: 1800 629 794
W: www.hac.nsw.gov.au

Service run by Macquarie Legal Centre for home owners with a home building dispute and who have already attempted to resolve their matter through NSW Fair Trading.

Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC)
Address
Level 5
175 Liverpool Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

W: www.hrlc.org.au
E: admin@hrlc.org.au
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The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) protects and promotes human rights in Australia and in Australian activities overseas. This is done through an integrated strategic combination of legal action, advocacy, research and capacity building.

HRLC works in coalition with key partners, includin...

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service
Address
27-29 Stanley Street
Wodonga, Victoria 3690

T: 1800 918 377
W: www.hrcls.org.au
E: cls@umfc.com.au
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Hunter Community Legal Centre
Address
Level 2, 116 Hunter Street
Newcastle, New South Wales 2300

T: 02 4040 9120
T: 1800 650 073 (toll free)
W: www.hunterclc.com.au
E: Hunter_NSW@clc.net.au
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Illawarra Legal Centre
Address
7 Greene Street
Warrawong, New South Wales 2502

T: 02 4276 1939
T: 02 4276 2535 (for community workers)
W: www.illawarralegalcentre.org.au
E: Illawarra_nsw@clc.net.au
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Contact for more information and to make appointments:

  • Illawarra and South Coast Tenants' Service: providing information and advice to tenants, park residents and boarding house residents. Advocates may also assist tenants appearing in the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT). Covering Wollongong LGA and down to the Victorian border.
  • Welfare Rights Services: provigind information and advice to Illawarra and South Coast clients having problems with Centrelink. They can assist with appeals against Centrelink decisions.
  • Financial Counselling and Advocacy Service: providing information and advice to clients having difficulties with their finances. They can assess their financial situation and negotiate with creditors.
  • Children's Court Assistance Service: at Port Kembla Children's Court every Tuesday.

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
Address
Level 5
362 Kent St
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

T: 02 8234 0799 (advice)
T: 02 8234 0700 (information and admin)
W: www.iarc.asn.au
E: iarcadmin@iarc.asn.au
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The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) helps vulnerable people navigate Australian migration law. IARC provides free immigration legal advice to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in NSW.

IARC provides advice on family visas, protection visas and citizenship. This i...

Inner City Legal Centre
Address
50-52 Darlinghurst Rd
Kings Cross, New South Wales 2011

T: 1800 244 481
W: www.iclc.org.au
E: iclc@iclc.org.au
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State-wide services:

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) legal advice
  • Safe Relationships Project (SRP)
  • Sex Workers Legal Service (SLS)

Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)
Address
Suite 2C
199 Regent Street
Redfern, New South Wales 2016

T: 02 9318 0144
T: 1300 665 908 (after hours)
W: www.idrs.org.au
E: info@idrs.org.au
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IDRS provides legal advice and case work support persons at police stations and courts, education, assistance with appeal of NDIS decisions, peer support, and resources and publications to people with disability.

Hours:
Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN) offers support persons and advocacy for people with intellectual disability who are victims or defendants in criminal matters. The service operates after-hours until 10pm, 7 days a week for people with intellectual disability under arrest.

Parents with Intellectual Disability Project: advice and assistance for parents with intellectual disability who are at risk of losing their children through Care and Protection proceedings.

NDIS Appeals: assistance to seek a review of decisions of the National Disability Insurance Scheme(NDIS) or to appeal NDIS decisions.

Rights Education.

Justice Connec
Address
Darlinghurst, New South Wales 1300

T: 02 8599 2100 (Public Interest Referrals)
T: 1800 637 527 (Not-for-profit Law)
T: 1800 727 550 (Self-Representation Service)
W: www.justiceconnect.org.au
E: nsw@justiceconnect.org.au
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Justice Connect is a community legal centre that delivers access to justice through pro bono legal services to people experiencing disadvantage and to the community organisations that support them.

Hours:
Kingsford Legal Centre
Address
Ground Floor
Law Building (Building F8)
Kensington Campus
University of New South Wales, New South Wales 2052

T: 02 9385 9566
W: www.klc.unsw.edu.au
E: legal@unsw.edu.au
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Discrimination matters: state-wide service

Law and Justice Foundation of NSW
Law and Justice Foundation of NSW
Level 14
130 Pitt Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

W: www.lawfoundation.net.au
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The Foundation is an independent statutory body working to improve access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people.

Grants Program

The foundation has 2 grant programs which are for one-off projects in areas such as community legal educatio...

Services provided by Law & Justice Foundation include:

  • Advice about publishing including finding out what already exists, planning a project and sourcing writers, editors etc.
  • Assistance with finding out about existing legal needs research
  • Plain Language Law Newsletter and search engine to find what is available
  • Justice Awards
Law Society of NSW
Address
170 Phillip Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

T: 02 9926 0333
W: www.lawsociety.com.au
E: lawsociety@lawsociety.com.au
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The Society has two primary areas of responsibility, namely that occupied by its statutory obligations and that which comprises its representative functions under its Memorandum of Association.  The Society’s objectives are the following:

  • To consider, originate and promo...
Law Society Pro Bono Scheme
T: (02) 9926 0364
W: www.lawsociety.com.au

The Law Society operates the Pro Bono Scheme for eligible members of the community who cannot afford the cost of a solicitor and who are not eligible for Legal Aid.

The Law Society contributes to the Pro Bono Scheme by providing and funding its infrastructure requirements. The Public Purp...

Legal Information Access Centres (LIAC)
T: (02) 9273 1558
W: sl.nsw.gov.au
Macarthur Legal Centre
Address
317 Queen Street
Campbelltown, New South Wales 2560

T: 02 4628 2042
T: 02 4640 7333 (DV advice)
T: 02 4628 1678 (tenancy)
W: www.maclegal.net.au
E: macarthur_admin@maclegal.net.au
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Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Advice Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
Advice Thursday afternoons 2:30pm-5pm
Face to face sessions are pre-booked by appointmnet, otherwise call in during these ti...

Please contact the centre for more information and appointments:

  • Care Partners Service early intervention, care and protection
  • Children's Court Assistance Scheme
  • Macarthur Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service
  • South West Sydney Tenancy Advice and Advocacy Service

Marrickville Legal Centre
Address
338 Illawarra Rd
Marrickville, New South Wales 2204

T: 02 9559 2899
W: mlc.org.au
E: info@mlc.org.au
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Statewide Youth Legal Service for children and young people under the age of 25.

Statewide Strata Collective Sales Advocacy service for people needing advice in relation to strata collective sale and redevelopment.

Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre
Address
30 Murray St
Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444

T: 02 6580 2111
W: www.mncclc.org.au
E: info@mncclc.org.au
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Hours:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Intake Hours:
Monday & ...
National Children's & Youth Law Centre (NCYLC)
Address
Law Building
First Floor
University of New South Wales, New South Wales 2052

T: 02 9385 9588
W: www.lawstuff.org.au
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National Children's and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) is a free, independent community legal centre for children and young people and their advocates. It provides legal information (Lawstuff), referral an advice principally by email (Lawmail). It undertakes policy, law reform and research on chil...

Lawstuff, Lawmail and TeachLaw

New South Wales Attorney General's Department
Address
160 Marsden Street
Parramatta, New South Wales 2150

T: (02) 8688 7777
W: www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au
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North & North West Community Legal Service
Address
107 Faulkner St
Armidale, New South Wales 2350

T: 1800 687 687
W: www.nnwcls.org.au
E: nnwcls@gmail.com
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Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre
Address
16 Carrington Street
Lismore, New South Wales 2480

T: 02 6621 1000
T: 1800 689 889 (toll free)
T: 1800 649 135 (tenancy)
T: 1300 720 606 (domestic violence)
W: www.northernriversclc.org.au
E: nrclc@clc.net.au
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Please contact the centre for more information and appointments:

  • Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service
  • Northern Rivers Women's Domestic Violence Services (including Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service and Tweed and Richmond Local Co-ordination Points)
  • Family Law (Family Relationship Centre)
  • Care and Protection (Early Intervention)

NSW Bar Association

The New South Wales Bar Association is a voluntary association of practising barristers. Its aims, as expressed in its Constitution, include:

  • to promote the administration of justice;
  • to promote, maintain and improve the interests and standards of local practising barrist...
NSW Legal Assistance Forum (NLAF)

The NSW Legal Assistance Forum (NLAF) is a coalition promoting collaboration and coordination in the development of legal services for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW.  It includes the peak representative bodies with responsibility for the delivery of legal services and...

NSW Ombudsman's Office
Address
Level 24
580 George Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

T: (02) 9286 1000
T: 1800 451 524 (for callers outside Sydney metro)
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NSW Small Business Commissioner
T: (02) 8222 4800
T: 1300 795 534
W: www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au

Provides advice for small business owners and dispute resolution services for retail tenancy matters.

Office of the Legal Services Commissioner
Address
Level 9
75 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

T: (02) 9377 1800
T: 1800 242 958
E: olsc@agd.nsw.gov.au
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Public Guardian
T: 1800 451 541
W: www.publicguardian.lawlink.nsw.gov.au

NCAT may appoint the Public Guardian as the guardian of a person 16 years and over with a decision-making disability. The Public Guardian also offers information and support to private guardians.

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