Accessing legal advice

If you need to go to court or you have questions about a general legal matter, it is important that you receive professional legal advice.

When getting legal advice, find out what your solicitor must tell you and disclose about costs.

If you cannot afford a lawyer when you go to court, there are lawyers who give free legal advice and other help (duty lawyers) who may be available to assist you. A free duty lawyer service is provided at large courts and tribunals across NSW.

General matters

Here are some examples of general legal issues you might need advice on.

Generally lawyers would do their best to resolve these types of matters outside of court.

  • Consumer advice
  • Corporate advice
  • Employment advice including unfair dismissal
  • Contracts and harassment
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • Tenancy disputes
  • Advice on personal rights
  • General advice on property (excluding conveyancing)
  • Divorce and initial advice on custody
  • Defacto relationships
  • Guardianship
  • Access and property settlement
  • Debt recovery
  • Estate matters including wills
  • Government disputes
  • Administrative disputes
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Personal injury and damages

Court matters

Here are some examples of court matters you might need help with.

  • Assault
  • Drug offences
  • Property offences
  • Victim's compensation
  • Criminal matters
  • Domestic violence
  • Discrimination
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Workers compensation
  • Restraining orders

Legal services near your campus

  • Albury-Wodonga

    Community legal services

    Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

    Telephone advice, face to face clinics, and rural outreach 

    1800 918 377
    or 02 6057 5000

    Suite 5, 91 Hume Street
    Wodonga, VIC 3690

    Visit our website

  • Bathurst

    Community legal services

    Bathurst Legal Advice Service

    Free criminal, family and civil advice provided by private practitioners and Community Legal Centre solicitors on behalf of Legal Aid NSW.

    Every Thursday, 10am to 12:30pm (Appointment required)
    (02) 6352 1266

    Bathurst Information and Neighbourhood Centre
    96 Russell Street
    Bathurst, NSW 2795

    Elizabeth Evatt Community Legal Centre

    An independent community organisation that provides free legal advice and other legal services to the people of the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon and Bathurst regions. This service provides free legal advice over the telephone. EECLC's solicitors provide free legal services, including advice and some casework, in Family law, Domestic violence, Victims compensation, Credit and debt, Age and disability (Wills advice, Powers of Attorney and Guardianship), Tenancy (Blue Mountains only), Discrimination, Welfare rights Solicitors do not do conveyancing or give legal advice in relation to commercial, taxation, criminal or immigration matters.

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 10am – 12pm. Otherwise, you can call and make an appointment.
    (02) 4782 4155 or 1300 363 967

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    Aboriginal Legal Service Bathurst

    (02) 6331 1255

    282 Howick Street
    Bathurst, NSW 2795

    Private firms offering free legal advice

    McIntosh McPhillamy & Co

    Saturday morning from 9 am -11am (except long weekends, Christmas and Easter)

    (02) 6331 1533

    Level 1, Royal Hotel Building
    108 William Street
    Bathurst, NSW 2795

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  • Canberra

    Community legal services

    Women's Legal Centre (ACT & Region) Inc

    Free, confidential telephone advice
    Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.00 noon

    (02) 6257 4499 or 1800 634 669 (TTY: 1800 555 677)

    Canberra ACT 2601

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    Legal Aid ACT

    (02) 6243 3411

    2 Allsop Street
    Canberra City, ACT 2601

    Visit our website

    Queanbeyan Family Law and Child Support Advice Service

    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 12pm - 4:30pm
    1800 551 589

    Queanbeyan Local Court

  • Dubbo

    Community legal services

    Western NSW Community Legal Centre Inc

    Rural Women's Outreach Program, financial counselling and employment advice

    (02) 6884 9422
    or 1800 655 927

    51 Bultje Street
    Dubbo, NSW 2830

    Aboriginal Legal Service Dubbo

    (02) 6882 6966

    23-25 Carrington Ave
    Dubbo, NSW 2830

    Legal Aid Dubbo

    (02) 6885 4233

    64 Talbragar Street
    Dubbo, NSW 2830

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  • Goulburn

    Sorry we don't have any legal firms secured for Goulburn, please refer to the specialist legal services above.

  • Orange

    Community legal services

    Orange Legal Advice Service

    Free civil law advice provided every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm

    (02) 6362 8022

    121 Byng Street
    Orange, NSW 2800

  • Port Macquarie

    Community legal services

    Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre

    Monday: 9:00am - 12:30pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday: 9:00am to 12:30pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wednesday: Closed
    Thursday: 9:00 am - 12:30pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 12:30pm

    (02) 6580 2111

    Suite 2, 52 Lord St Port Macquarie NSW 2444

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    Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre

    Legal Aid Family Law & Child Support Service A free service offering advice in Family Law & Child Support issues
    Cnr Muston & Dodds Sts Port Macquarie NSW 2444
    1800 451 784, (02) 6583 8044 or (02) 6584 1914

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  • Wagga Wagga

    Community legal services

    Aboriginal Legal Service Wagga Wagga

    (02) 6921 9230

    19 Trail Street
    Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

    Legal Aid

    (02) 6921 6588

    Ground floor
    Suite F, Best Place
    Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650

    Visit our website

  • Wangaratta

    Community legal services

    Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

    Telephone advice, face to face clinics, and rural outreach

    1800 918 377 or (02) 6057 5000

    Suite 5, 91 Hume Street
    Wodonga VIC 3690

    Visit our website

    Victoria Legal Aid

    1800 677 402
    Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm

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