Free Legal Assistance – General Law

The Hunter CLC provides free legal assistance in Newcastle and the Hunter regions to people who live, work or study in the region. Ongoing advice and assistance, including court representation, may be provided in some circumstances to vulnerable clients who suffer from economic, social, financial or other disadvantage.

Free legal assistance is provided through the Free Legal Advice by Phone service in the following general areas of law:

– Employment

– Discrimination

– Traffic Offences

– Fines and Penalties

– Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders

– Apprehended Personal Violence Orders

– Motor Vehicle Accidents

– Credit and Debt

– Coronial Matters

– Missing Persons

For advice and information phone (02) 4040 9120 (or Toll Free: 1800 650 073) at the following times:

Monday 10.00am – 12.00pm

Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Friday 10.00am – 12.00pm


Face to face legal advice is provided in some situations and also at various outreach locations in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions.

Please Note: The Hunter CLC does not provide legal advice or assistance:

1. By email, or

2. In the following areas of law:

  • Preparation of wills, powers of attorney or enduring powers of attorney
  • Child protection, adoption, surrogacy or Children’s Court matters
  • Conveyancing or building disputes
  • Commercial law
  • Immigration law
  • Workers Compensation law
  • Taxation law
  • Professional negligence
  • Binding Financial Agreements in family law matters
  • Guarantors seeking a solicitor’s certificate for a loan
  • To persons already receiving legal advice from another source
  • In matters where there are significant assets, property or income, or

3. To the following groups:

  • Landlords or head tenants
  • Employers
  • Businesses or other incorporated bodies
  • Not for profit organisations