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Regional Outreach Clinic Program

Background

The objectives of the ROCP are to provide regular face to face advice and minor assistance to clients experiencing disadvantage in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW and to facilitate access to grants of aid.

ROCP services:

  • Are part of a flexible suite of Legal Aid NSW services provided by in-house and external legal practitioners    
  • Are located in areas identified as high need    
  • Are located where it may not be feasible to provide in-house services, and    
  • Will complement in-house services.    

Under the ROCP, Legal Aid NSW funds private and Community Legal Centre legal practitioners to provide legal services to communities that have little, or no, access to public legal services, and where it would not be feasible or efficient for Legal Aid NSW to provide an outreach service.

ROCP clinics operate from host agencies that include local neighbourhood centres, Local Courts, public libraries and family support services. In some cases the ROCP solicitors participate in a joint-service roster in one town, to provide a more frequent service at the one location. This is the case in Gloucester, Bathurst, Moree, Boggabilla and Toomelah where ROCP solicitors' clinics may complement other Legal Aid, Community Legal Centre and pro bono outreach solicitors.

ROCP Guidelines

View the ROCP Guidelines.

Where are the ROCP clinics?

ROCP location list

ROCP clinic locations are chosen on the basis of indicators of socio-economic need and relative lack of access to public legal services.

Consistent with the objectives outlined above, clinics may be changed as Legal Aid NSW in-house outreach capacity changes.

ROCP clinics are currently operating in Bega, Bathurst, Gloucester, Tenterfield, Moree, Boggabilla, Toomelah, Laurieton, South West Rocks, Goulburn and Tweed Heads.

Training

Under the Program, Legal Aid NSW provides annual in-house training to ROCP solicitors on areas of law likely to be relevant to our disadvantaged clients (domestic violence, housing, employment law, family law, social security etc).

Observations on the ROCP

  • Vast majority of ROCP clinic clients are receiving government benefits    
  • Relatively high proportion of Aboriginal clients in many ROCP clinic locations    
  • Demand in family law, domestic violence, traffic offences, neighbours, debt, civil law    

Contact

Jenny Lovric, ROCP (and CLSD Program Manager)
jenny.lovric@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9219 5102