Resources on getting legal assistance for your client
TRAINING: Getting legal assistance for your client
|The resources below complement our community worker training on this topic.|
|Video recording: available June 2017|
|RLC can also run training at your agency – email Nick Manning firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Where does this information apply?
The information below only applies to NSW (Australia).
Law Access NSW - if unsure, start here
- 1300 888 529 Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm
- Information on representing yourself www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/Pages/representing/Representing-yourself.aspx
DIY research - plain language legal information online
For non-lawyers, online legal research can be tricky. An essential tip - Australia has 9 legal systems! Always check that any legal information applies in your state or territory.
- TenantsNSW website has a great set of tenants’ rights fact sheets.
- Law Access - information on representing yourself www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/Pages/representing/Representing-yourself.aspx
- Tool Kit Online is a great set of online books about NSW law, written for the general public. You can browse or search.
Directories of services
- Legal Aid NSW:
Areas of law: www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do.
- Community legal centres provide free, confidential advice on a wide range of matters.
- Tenancy advice:
Tenants Advice & Advocacy Services are all over NSW and give free advice to tenants.
Fair Trading NSW: information for tenants in private rentals (not public/community housing). 131 220
- Womens Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services are all over NSW and give advice and support to women experiencing domestic violence. Ring 1800 938 227 for your local service.
- Free legal advice & assistance: A referral guide has some additional information.
Specific services for specific purposes
- Aboriginal Legal Service www.alsnswact.org.au ; Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre www.wirringabaiya.org.au
- Care and Protection Service www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/family-law/care-and-protection-services
- Centrelink issues: Welfare Rights Centre welfarerightscentre.org.au
- Children and young people:
Children’s Legal Service, Hotline for Under 18s: 1800 10 18 10 www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/criminal-law/children-and-young-people
National Children & Youth Law Centre www.ncylc.org.au
The Shopfront Youth Legal Service theshopfront.org
Marrickville Legal Centre www.mlc.org.au/youth
- Criminal law section of Legal Aid www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/criminal-law
- Debts & loans: Financial Rights Legal Centre financialrights.org.au
- Disability: Australian Centre for Disability Law disabilitylaw.org.au
- Family Law section of Legal Aid www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/family-law
- Immigration Advice and Rights Centre www.iarc.asn.au
- Intellectual Disability Rights Service www.idrs.org.au
- Mental Health Advocacy Service www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/civil-law/mental-health-advice
- Older people: The Aged-care Rights Service www.agedrights.asn.au/nsw
- Prisoners Legal Service of Legal Aid www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/criminal-law/prisoners-legal-service
- Women's Legal Service NSW www.wlsnsw.org.au