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Community Legal Centres NSW

The Community Legal Centres NSW Recommendation Service provides the contact details of New South Wales Community Legal Centres who are members of CLCNSW.

Legal Information Access Centre, State Library of NSW

The Find Legal Answers Getting help webpage provides information about free legal advice and assistance.

Getting off the referral roundabout: effective legal referral

Kingsford Legal Centre

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

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

Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT

The ALS Get help webpage lists legal services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of NSW and the ACT and provides contact information.

LawAccess NSW

Visit LawAccess NSW or call 1300 888 529 for free legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for legal problems in NSW.

In particular, LawAccess NSW assists 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
  • human services organisations

Find a lawyer online database

The Law Society of NSW

The Law Society Find a lawyer service provides information to 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

Access the Law Handbook online or in hard copy in libraries.

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

Human Services Network (HSNet)

HSNet is a free, secure website 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

You can use the Find a Legal Aid NSW advice service by entering 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 to other legal and court services with location and contact details are also provided.