NLAF members comprise of the peak representative bodies delivering legal assistance on a state wide basis, as well as organisations that deal with a range of legal issues that impact on disadvantaged people.
NLAF members include:
The ALS is a proud Aboriginal community organisation. We opened our doors in 1970 in Redfern as the first Aboriginal Legal Service in Australia – that makes us over 40 years old!
We assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children through representation in court, advice and information, and referral to further support services.
But we also do things making us different from other legal service providers, like:
We have 23 offices and 185 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff across NSW and ACT working towards achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the community.
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independent community organisations providing legal services to disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities. CLCs offer a range of legal and related services to their client community. Possible services include but are not limited to:
There are 40 CLCs throughout NSW employing qualified staff including solicitors, social workers and community legal educators. There are both generalist and specialist centres.
The NSW Department of Justice administers the courts, tribunals, laws and justice programs of the State.
The Department assists the NSW Government, Judiciary, Parliament and the community to promote social harmony through programs that protect human rights and community standards, and reduce crime.
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service providing legal information, referrals and in some instances advice to people who have a legal problem in NSW. LawAccess NSW also provides online resources to assist people with a range of legal topics including practical help for those who are representing themselves in a court or tribunal.
The Law and Justice Foundation (LJF) is an independent statutory body working to improve access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The LJF do this by:
The L&JF do not provide legal research assistance, legal advice or referral to individuals.
The Law Society of New South Wales is a professional association for solicitors. The Law Society’s role includes:
Legal Aid NSW is a state-wide organisation providing legal services to socially and economically disadvantaged people across NSW through a statewide network of 24 offices and over 200 regular outreach locations.
Legal Aid NSW delivers legal services in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Services range from legal information, education, advice, minor assistance, dispute resolution and duty services, through to an extensive litigation practice.
Legal Aid NSW delivers legal services in partnership with the private legal profession through grants of legal aid and works in close partnership with LawAccess NSW, Community Legal Centres, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd and pro bono legal services.
Legal Aid NSW also collaborates with other agencies that provide social and support services to disadvantaged and marginalised people, helping us achieve more integrated services that address clients’ legal and non-legal needs.
The Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) is a specialist information service of the State Library of NSW. It provides access to high quality information about the law for all members of the community in NSW via the Find Legal Answers service in public libraries, a dedicated website (with a link to www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au) and by working in partnership with key legal sector agencies.
The New South Wales Bar Association is a voluntary association of practising barristers. Amongst other things, the Association:
PIAC is an independent, non-profit law and policy organisation that works for a fair, just and democratic society, empowering citizens, consumers and communities by taking strategic action on public interest issues.
PIAC is a member of
Justice Connect is a charity and accredited community legal centre that provides free legal help to people facing disadvantage and not-for-profit community organisations. We harness the power of pro bono legal help from our 50+ member law firms and member barrister chambers to create a fairer and more just world, and provide access to justice. With our deep and strong connection with the legal community, we fill unmet legal need, grow pro bono culture, and challenge and change laws that hurt those most in need.
The National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLSs) Forum was formally established in May 2012. It is comprised of fourteen member organisations across Australia who are service providers under the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Program.
FVPLSs provide legal assistance, casework, counselling and court support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children who are victim/survivors of family violence. Legal services are provided to victim/survivors in matters related to:
FVPLSs also provide an important community legal education and early intervention and prevention function. FVPLSs have adopted a holistic, wrap-around service delivery model that prioritise legal service delivery while recognising and addressing the multitude of interrelated issues that our clients face. Nationally 90% of our clients are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
FVPLSs are expected to ensure that the services offered are culturally inclusive and accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and children in the specified service region, regardless of gender, sexual preference, family relationship, location, disability, literacy or language.