Free legal help for people on the Central Coast

For Community Workers

Working together to solve clients’ problems

At Central Coast Community Legal Centre, we understand that social and legal problems often go hand-in-hand.
We have many years experience working closely with diverse community organisations to provide the wraparound support that disadvantaged or vulnerable people need.

We have the expertise to help with the most common legal problems and have an excellent referral network to help people find other appropriate services to solve their problems.

Working with clients

Working with clients

How to refer someone to us

The Central Coast Community Legal Centre gives priority to low income, disadvantaged and vulnerable people and we do not charge for our services.

If you are a community worker with a client in urgent need, you can call us any time during business hours and, if there is a lawyer available, you will be put straight through.

Otherwise, please download and fill in our referral form and email or fax it to us. Once we have received it we will make contact directly with your client and get back to you.

Unfortunately we can’t help everyone

While we aim to help as many people as we can, and we give priority to clients referred by community workers, unfortunately we can’t help everyone. As a legal practice with ethical and legal obligations, we may be prohibited from helping someone where we have a conflict of interest, and our duty of confidentiality means we can’t always share information. Sometimes we simply do not have the resources to provide all the help that is needed.

How do you know if your client has a legal problem?
Often people are not aware that the problem they have is a legal one.

Benefit from our free community legal education program

Central Coast Community Legal Centre conducts regular community legal education activities. Our free ‘Talking Law’ Program for 2016 offers monthly sessions on key areas of law especially designed for community workers. These are delivered at our office in Wyong. Find out more.

You can also request us to come to you and deliver a presentation on who we are and how you can refer to us, the ‘legal health check’ or any other topic you want that’s within our expertise. Just contact us and ask!

How do you know if your client has a legal problem?

Often people are not aware that the problem they have is a legal one. The following is a checklist of some of the most common legal problems we help with:

Owing money/debt

Credit card debts, difficulty paying loans, debt collectors

Fines

SDRO debts, other fines, Work & Development Orders (WDOs)

Rip-offs/goods or services

Unfair contracts, insurance, door-to-door sales, scams, funeral policies

Violence

Domestic/family violence, physical/sexual assaults, victims of violence, AVOs

Victims of crime

Victims support, victims services, victims compensation

Family or relationship

Contact with children, parenting agreements, child support, mediation and divorce

Discrimination/harassment

In employment, education, provision of goods and services, housing

Complaints

Against police, schools, government agencies/departments

Employment

Loss of employment, unfair dismissal, entitlements, bullying/harassment

Care and protection

Issues with FaCS/DoCS, early intervention, care plans, kinship care, contact

Older persons

Power of attorney, guardianship

Neighbourhood disputes

Trees, fences, noise

Minor criminal charges

Traffic offences and other matters where there is little chance of imprisonment

Car accidents

Driving and accidents, property damage

Privacy

Protecting your privacy and personal information

Help your client with a legal health check

A good idea is to spend ten to fifteen minutes with your clients to do a ‘legal health check’. This online questionnaire covers all the main areas of law of relevance to community work and it will help you and your client recognise a legal problem immediately.

Go to http://legalhealthcheck.org.