Get legal help and advice

There are a wide range of services in NSW that can help you with free or low-cost legal information, advice and assistance.

Government agencies

Australian Securities and Investm​​​​​ent Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia's corporate regulator. They provide general information and advice for companies, businesses and consumers. Search the ASIC Registers for current information on companies and business names.

Community Justice Cen​​​tres

Community Justice Centres p​​​rovide free mediation services to help people reach an agreement on a wide range of disputes.

Housing Appeals Committe​​e

The Housing Appeals Committee is an independent agency which deals with appeals from people who are unhappy with decisions made by NSW social housing providers.

LawAcces​s NSW

LawAccess NSW provides legal inform​​ation, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW.

Legal Aid ​​NSW

Legal Aid NSW provides​​​ legal services to disadvantaged clients across NSW in most areas of criminal, family and civil law. Legal Aid’s Tenancy Appeals Advice Line provides free legal advice about an appeal of an NCAT tenancy decision. Legal Aid NSW duty lawyers provide a weekly advice service on discrimination matters. Call NCAT on 1300 006 228 to make an appointment. 

Find Legal Answe​​​​​rs

Find Legal Answers is a free online legal information resource for people living in NSW. This service is co-ordinated by the State Library of NSW.

NSW Fair Tra​​​ding

NSW Fair Trading provides information and assistance to consumers and people with disputes about home building, renting, strata living, retirement villages and residential communities.

NSW Health Care Complai​​​​nts Commission (HCCC)

The Health Care Complaints Commission acts to protect public health and safety by dealing with complaints about health service providers in NSW.

NSW Ombudsma​​​​n

The NSW Ombudsman investigates complaints relating to the public sector and the provision of community services in NSW.

NSW Small Business Comm​​​​issioner

The NSW Small Business Commissioner provides advice for small business owners and mediation services for retail tenancy matters.

NSW Trustee and Gua​​​rdian

The NSW Trustee and Guardian supports the people of NSW to plan for their future legal, health and financial decisions. NCAT may appoint the NSW Trustee and Guardian as the financial manager of a person with a decision making disability.

NSW Public Gua​​​rdian

NCAT may appoint the Public Guardian as the guardian of a person with a decision making disability. They also provide information and support to private guardians.

Victims Serv​​​ices

Victims Services is part of the NSW Department of Justice and Communities and provides support services including free counselling and financial assistance to victims of crime in NSW.

Community organisations

Aboriginal Tenants A​​​​dvice and Advocacy Services

NSW Aboriginal Tenants Advice Services provide free advice and advocacy for Aboriginal tenants living in NSW.

Community Legal Cen​​tres

Visit the Community Legal Centres NSW website to find your nearest community legal centre for information, advice and referrals on legal matters, and representation in targeted areas of law.

Home Building Advocacy Se​​rvice

The Home Building Advocacy Service is run by Western Sydney Community Legal Centre for home owner​​​s who have already attempted to resolve their home building dispute through NSW Fair Trading.

Seniors Rights Ser​​​vice

The Seniors Rights Service is a community legal centre that provides advocacy, advice and education to older people in NSW.

Tenants Advice and Advoc​​acy Services

Visit the Tenants NSW website to find your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service for free information and advice to tenants, boarders and lodgers and residential community residents. View the Tenants Advice and Information Useful Contacts sheet [PDF 1MB].

Finding a lawyer to represent you

Law Society of​​ NSW

The Law Society of NSW provides an online search to help you find a qualified lawyer suitable for your needs. You will need to pay fees for the lawyer.

Law Society of NSW Pro B​ono Scheme

The Law Society's Pro Bono Scheme refers eligible people to law firms willing to provide their legal services for free or at reduced costs. To be eligible you must have been turned down by Legal Aid and cannot afford legal fees. The scheme covers only certain types of matters.

Legal Assistance Referr​​al Scheme (LARS)

The Legal Assistance Referral Scheme (LARS) is run by the NSW Bar Association. It refers eligible people on low incomes to barristers or mediators who may be able to give advice, appear for you or settle your matter.

Last updated:

01 May 2023

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