Legal assistance in NSW

 

LawAccess NSW is the best place to start to resolve a legal problem in NSW, as they are able to provide legal information and a referral to the most appropriate service. In some cases they may provide legal advice over the telephone.

Phone: 1300 888 529

Website: www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Community legal centres can give free legal information to almost everyone who lives in their local area or is looking for help in an area of law they specialise in. However, due to limited resources, community legal centres often cannot provide further ongoing assistance. Where a centre can help, they usually help people who cannot afford a private solicitor and/or are unable to access Legal Aid NSW.

To find the most appropriate community legal centre in NSW that may be able to assist you with a legal problem, answer a few short questions via our online directory app.

 

Legal Aid NSW is a NSW government legal service dealing with family law, criminal legal matters, and some civil law matters. They provide free legal advice as well as court representation, and grants of legal aid to pay for a Legal Aid lawyer or a private solicitor. Whether someone can get legal aid depends on the type of legal problem the person has and their income. Staff at LawAccess NSW can help people work out whether legal aid may be available and assist to fill out the Legal Aid NSW application form over the telephone.

Call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529.

 

Legal Aid Hotline for Under 18s provides telephone legal advice for young people facing criminal charges.

Phone: 1800 101 810

Hours: 9am to midnight on weekdays, 24 hours on Friday to Sunday and public holidays.

 

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited (ALS) is a community-controlled organisation responsible for providing legal assistance to Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. The ALS provides legal advice, referral and casework assistance in the fields of criminal and family law (including care and protection), and in some cases civil law. Local ALS office locations can be found on the ALS website.

Crime Phone: 1800 765 767

Care Phone: 1800 733 233

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Website: www.alsnswact.org.au

 

Community Justice Centres provide quick and impartial dispute resolution services for minor matters e.g. neighbourhood disputes.

Phone: 1800 990 777

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Criminal Justice Support Network provides support to people with intellectual disability who are victims or witnesses in criminal or AVO matters and have been asked to attend a police station or are going to court.

Phone: 1300 665 909

Hours: 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

 

Anti-Discrimination Board NSW investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment and vilification. The Board does not take sides but tries to help both parties involved come to an agreement about how the problem can be resolved.

Phone: (02) 9268 or 1800 670 812

Hours: 9am to 4pm, closed 1pm to 2pm, Monday Friday.

 

Australian Human Rights Commission investigates complaints about discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, or disability, as well as racial vilifation and sexual harassment.

Phone: (02) 9284 9600

Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

National Information Service: 1300 656 419

Hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, closed public holidays.

 

NSW Ombudsman’s Office investigates complaints about the conduct of NSW government agencies and departments and their employees, as well as some non-government agencies.

Phone: (02) 9286 1000 or 1800 451 524

Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

 

The Solicitor Referral Service of the Law Society of New South Wales helps members of the public find a private firm of solicitors or accredited specialists in specific areas of law. The Solicitor Referral Service pivots around a unique referral database of more than 1,600 law firms which enables the enquiry officer to refer clients who can pay for legal services to appropriate law firms.

Phone: (02) 9926 0300 or 1800 422 713

Hours: 9am to 4pm, closed 12pm to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Email: ereferral@lawsociety.com.au

 

Office of the Legal Services Commissioner (OLSC) receives all complaints about solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyancers in NSW. The OLSC also oversees the investigation of complaints about the conduct of practitioners and plays a major role in resolving consumer disputes.

Phone: (02) 9377 1800 or 1800 242 958

Email: olsc@justice.nsw.gov.au

 

Family Relationships Centres are a useful first port of call when families want information about relationship and separation issues. Where families separate, the centres provide information, advice and dispute resolution (such as mediation) to help them reach agreement on parenting arrangements. Some Family Relationships Centres also have lawyers through community legal centres.

Phone: 1800 050 321

Hours: 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday.

Website: www.familyrelationships.gov.au

 

Crisis Hotlines

Lifeline provides services in suicide prevention, crisis suppor and mental health support.

Phone: 13 11 14

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

NSW Health – Crisis Mental Health Teams directs anyone with a severe mental health issue to the right care for them.

Phone: 1800 011 511

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Homeless Persons Service is a telephone information and referral service for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It provides referrals to accommodation and support services in NSW.

Phone: 1800 234 566

Hours: 8:30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 4pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday.

 

Domestic Violence Line provides state-wide telephone counselling, information and referrals for people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence. Trained female caseworkers are aware of the special needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from other cultures, as well as those living in rural and remote areas. They make referrals to women’s refuges.

Phone: 1800 656 463

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Headspace provides free or low cost early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12-25, along with assistance in promoting young people’s wellbeing. Headspace also offers an online and telephone service called ‘eheadspace’.

Phone: (03) 9027 0100 (national)

Website: www.headspace.org.au

Eheadspace: www.eheadspace.org.au

Hours (eheadspace): 9am to 1am, 7 days a week.

 

Kids Helpline is a free telephone counselling service for children and teenagers.

Phone: 1800 551 800

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Gambling Help NSW is a telephone, face to face and online service to assist those who have gambling problems as well as their families and communities.

Phone: 1800 858 858

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Mensline is a free telephone online and video professional counselling service for men who are experiencing family and relationships concerns and need support.

Website: www.mensline.org.au

Phone: 1300 789 978

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Parentline offers confidential phone counselling which aims to support parents and carers of children aged 0-18 in NSW.

Phone: 1300 301 300

Hours: 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week.