What we do
Redfern Legal Centre (RLC) provides some local and some statewide legal services that increase access to justice for people experiencing vulnerability.
RLC provides free, confidential legal advice and casework, delivers community legal education, and engages in law reform.
We offer free legal support in specialised areas of domestic and family violence, health, education, employment, housing and homelessness, police and government accountability, credit, debt and consumer law, and discrimination and human rights.
- Financial Abuse Legal Service NSW
- International Student Legal Service NSW
- Police Accountability
- Employment Rights Legal Service (a service delivered in partnership between Kingsford Legal Centre, Inner City Legal Centre and RLC)
Catchment area (serving Redfern and 40+ other Sydney suburbs)
- First Nations Justice
- Health Justice Partnership
- Inner Sydney Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service
- Credit, Debt and Consumer Law
- Discrimination and Human Rights
RLC also provides generalist legal advice to people experiencing disadvantage such as:
- People with disability
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and
- People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
How we work
Supported by our pro bono partners and funding partners, RLC works to make positive changes to law and the legal system, in specialised areas of law. RLC's law reform work is directly informed by our clients’ experience.
Our casework helps us identify and address systemic legal issues and drive law reform through innovative service design, outreach, and community legal education. We have more than 45 years’ experience in designing, staffing and running specialised legal advice clinics.
Ten per cent of our staff are First Nations people. This includes our dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Access worker, who ensures that RLC's services are welcoming and culturally safe.
Our volunteer program engages over 300 active volunteers and pro bono solicitors who work year-round supporting staff in the provision of expert legal advice to assist people in crisis.
RLC maximises our impact through corporate, philanthropic and pro bono partnerships. Generous donations from the community enable us to maintain and scale up our free legal services, and law reform work. You can become part of our story by volunteering your time or donating to Redfern Legal Centre.
Training and education
RLC works in partnership with community workers, advocates and lawyers, providing legal training and resources to build capacity in the community, legal and health sectors. Learn more about our training and education program.
We have a long history of running accredited university programs for law students at Australia’s top universities, such as University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Sydney. Learn more about opportunities with our Sydney University Social Justice Clinic.