New South Wales

Pro Bono Legal Services in New South Wales, Australia

NSW Bar Association Assistance Program

The Bar Association offers legal assistance to people in need of help. Our schemes reflect the strongly held view of the bar that a person’s rights and access to justice should not be diminished because they have little or no money.

Consumer Law Centre (ACT)

Care Consumer Law is a community legal centre that provides free legal advice and assistance to people in the ACT.

We help individual consumers to resolve problems with financial service providers (e.g., banks), telecommunication and utility companies, and other businesses and traders. We do not assist businesses. We do not assist in private disputes between individuals.​

Contact our team on 02 6143 0044 or


Law Access NSW Government program

Law Access NSW is a great starting point for legal help. Using our website, you can locate plain language legal information across a wide range of subjects including: debt, family law, neighbours, fines, criminal law, and planning ahead. Need more help? Call Law Access NSW on 1300 888 529. Our information officers can assist you with your legal problem including assisting you with legal aid eligibility and referrals to services in your community that may be able to assist including private solicitors.

NSW Legal Aid Commission

Legal Aid NSW helps people with their legal problems. Our legal services include legal advice, help at court and family dispute resolution. We can help in most areas of criminal law, family law and civil law.

NSW Community Legal Centres

There are 40 community legal centres in NSW. Some provide general assistance to people within a geographic area, spread across metropolitan, rural, regional, and remote NSW. Others provide specialist services on specific issues (welfare, tenancy, immigration, or finance), or to specific groups (women, people with a disability, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

Specialist community legal centres

Generalist community legal centres

Financial Rights Legal Centre

The Financial Rights Legal Centre is a community legal centre specialising in financial services, particularly in the areas of consumer credit, banking, debt recovery and insurance. It is the only such Centre in NSW, and one of the only centres in Australia that fully integrates telephone assistance and financial counselling with legal advice and representation. The Financial Rights Legal Centre also operates the Insurance Law Service, a national specialist consumer insurance advice service, Mob Strong Debt Help, and the Credit & Debt Legal Advice Line.

NSW Law Society pro bono scheme

The Law Society’s Pro Bono Scheme can put you in contact with law firms willing to provide their legal services for free or for reduced fees. This assistance can include legal advice, help with preparing documentation and representation in court. The Pro Bono Scheme also provides legal assistance on an in-house basis for eligible applicants.

Aboriginal Legal Services NSW/ACT

The ALS was founded as a response to this injustice, and in acknowledgement of the importance of Aboriginal people designing and delivering services to our own communities. Today the ALS does legal work in criminal law, children’s care and protection law and family law. We also support the development of wraparound programs and undertake broader policy and law reform work.

Western NSW Community Legal centre

Western NSW Community Legal Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Our purpose is to provide accessible legal services to people experiencing disadvantage in the State’s west. We are committed to providing equal access to justice for all members of the community by offering free legal advice, referrals, community legal education, representation, and practical support. Our centre offers a generalist legal service and a specialist domestic violence unit. Western Women’s Legal Support assists women who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence. This is an integrated service comprising solicitors and support workers. The Centre uses research to identify social justice issues affecting people in the region and prepares law reform submissions to assist governments and organisations develop relevant and targeted policies.

Environmental Defenders Office for Western Australia

Environmental Defenders Office uses the law to protect our wildlife, people, and places.