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ROCP factsheet

Background

The aim of the Regional Outreach Clinic Program (ROCP) is to provide regular access to advice and minor assistance legal services to the public who are at risk of social exclusion living in areas of regional, rural and remote NSW.

Under the ROCP, Legal Aid NSW funds private and Community Legal Centre 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. The participating practitioners are appointed through an Expression of Interest process.

The ROCP Program is overseen by a Steering Committee consisting of representatives from across Legal Aid NSW practice areas as well as the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd.

Where are the ROCP clinics?

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

Clinics are currently operating in Bega, Bathurst, Brewarrina, Lightning Ridge, Gloucester, West and South Kempsey, Tenterfield and Moree.

Clinics operate from host agencies that include local neighbourhood centres, Local Courts, public libraries and family support services.

Map of ROCP locations

(click on the map for a larger image)

Training

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

Outputs to date

  • Vast majority of clients are receiving government benefits
  • Relatively high proportion of Aboriginal clients in some locations (2011/2012 FY: 31%)
  • Demand in family law, domestic violence, traffic offences, neighbours, debt, civil law
  • Will be evaluated independently 2012/2013.

Contact

jenny.lovric@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or (02) 9219 5102

ROCP Factsheet January 2016