Free Legal Assistance

Community Legal Centres

There are almost 200 community legal centres around Australia.

They provide free legal help – including information, referral, legal education, advice and representation services. Many are generalists, meaning they can assist with a wide range of legal issues. Some are specialists, meaning they are targeted to a particular group or area of law, for example, tenants, people with disabilities, etc.

If you study online with UNE, you can find a community legal centre near you by searching for your postcode.


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Armidale region

If you are studying on-campus at UNE, you can seek assistance from North & Northwest Community Legal Service (NNWCLS), the local community legal centre.


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On the 3rd Friday of each month, a solicitor from NNWCLS will be available in-person at the University of New England Armidale campus.

North & Northwest Community Legal Service offers free and confidential legal advice and assistance. They also run a clinic at Armidale Local Court on Mondays, for first-time court users and those unable to access legal representation.


Telephone and face to face appointments are available Monday to Friday. Contact their office on 1800 687 687 to schedule an appointment.

Find the team: 215 Beardy Street, Armidale, NSW, 2350.

In-person appointments are available fortnightly in Tamworth and monthly in Guyra, UNE, Inverell, Moree, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Glen Innes Correctional Centre, Walcha, Quirindi, Werris Creek, Narrabri, Wee Waa, and Gunnedah.


Some matters they can assist with include:

  • Family Law issues (excluding property settlement and child support matters)
  • Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship
  • Wills (without real property e.g a house)
  • Consumer complaints
  • Credit and debt issues
  • Discrimination
  • Employment and workplace issues
  • Criminal law
  • Traffic offences
  • Victims Support
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Apprehended Violence Orders
  • Youth issues