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Databases and guides

  • CLC Directory

Community Legal Centres NSW

The Community Legal Centres NSW directory lists the contact details of New South Wales Community Legal Centres who are members of CLCNSW.

  • Free legal advice and assistance: a referral guide

Legal Information Access Centre, State Library of NSW

An online guide to free legal advice and assistance.

  • Getting off the referral roundabout: effective legal referral

Kingsford Legal Centre (DVD) (Workbook) (YouTube)

A training DVD, with an accompanying workbook, on how to make effective referrals to legal services.

  • Guide to legal services for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT

This guide lists legal services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of NSW and the ACT. The organisations included provide legal services at little or no cost to clients. It explains the different types of legal service providers, gives an index of legal problems cross refernced to relevant service providers and gives an overview of civil and criminal matters, as well as providing contact details for all the legal services listed.

  • LawAccess NSW

LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW.

In particular, they assist people:

· who live in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW

· who are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
· who have a disability
· who are from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
· who are at risk of harm
· who have an urgent legal problem

Referrals to Other Assistance Services

While LawAccess NSW can provide legal information and in some cases advice over the telephone, it refers customers to other assistance services that may be able to assist further.

LawAccess NSW maintains a referral database of assistance services that accept referrals of LawAccess NSW customers. Assistance services include:

· government organisations,

· community legal centres,
· court and tribunal registries,
· alternative dispute resolution services,
· not-for-profit organisations and
· human services organisations.

  • Find a lawyer online database/Solicitor Referral Service/Pro bono scheme

The Law Society of NSW

The Law Society provides information and referral services that can help community members quickly identify qualified solicitors that offer legal services appropriate for their needs, both those who are able to pay for legal services, and in some cases, those that can’t.

  • The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide To The Law In NSW

Available in hard copy in libraries and online at

Includes a useful glossary and an extensive list of contacts and helpful resources, including web sites.

  • Human Services Network (HSNet)

The HSNet website is a free, secure site for staff working in the NSW human and justice services sector. Providing a central location for sharing information across government and non-government agencies, HSNet enables members to: easily locate health, housing, family, legal and community service information locally and across NSW, exchange information, make referrals securely and provide the best possible service to their clients.

Both government and non-government organisations participate in HSNet. They include child care facilities, major hospitals, support groups and welfare service providers across NSW.

HSNet welcomes all service providers working in the NSW human services and justice sector to become members and utilise its tools.

  • Find a Legal Aid NSW Advice Service

Legal Aid NSW

Enter your town, suburb or postcode in NSW and a map with details of local Legal Aid offices and outreach services, with contact details, will be displayed. Links are also provided on that page to other legal and court services with location and contact details.