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Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities

Who we are 

The Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities delivers advice, casework and education services to specific Aboriginal communities across NSW through its Money Counts program and its Aboriginal Women Leaving Custody program. The service aims to increase advice and casework services to Aboriginal people and to increase the capacity of Aboriginal communities and community workers to deal with civil law problems as they arise. 

Who we help 

Our lawyers assist Aboriginal people and communities with civil law problems like: 

  • Money worries including debts; fines; renting or buying household goods and electronics; paying for funerals; phone and energy bills; super and insurance; and door to door sales.
  • Problems with housing including evictions; rent arrears; issues for women in custody; disputes with landlords; and repairs.
  • Problems with Centrelink including eligibility for payments; decisions made by Centrelink; and payment cancellation.
  • Problems with the Police including police harassment; complaints about conduct; wrongful arrest; and wrongful detention.

How we can help

Advice and assistance

Solicitors work closely with clients to identify and solve legal problems with money, housing, discrimination, centrelink, problems with police and other civil law issues. We may help clients respond to claims against them (like people chasing them for money or terminating a tenancy) or to make their own claims or complaints.

Representation

We can represent clients in tribunals and courts, with ombudsman or direct complaints, and to negotiate other legal disputes.

Education

We work with communities to help develop capacity in areas of law that affect them day to day. This could include seminars on any relevant area of law for community members, or for community organisations and workers.

Where we go

Aboriginal clients can access any Legal Aid service generally available to the NSW community. You can search for Legal Aid advice services online.

The Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities conducts regular outreach to specific communities including:

Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge, Mt Druitt, Dareton, Bourke, Brewarrina, Moree, Boggabilla, Toomelah, Baryulgil, Malabugilmah, Tabulam, Coraki, Yamba, Maclean.

We also conduct one off outreach events upon request in other locations.

Visit the CLSAC MAP to find out details about our upcoming outreach service in areas closest to you.

Contact us

If you have questions about the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities, contact us on freecall 1800 793 017 or (02) 9219 5057 or email moneycounts@legalaid.nsw.gov.au.

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