A guide to protecting your privacy in NSW

Information and Privacy Commission NSW
What is privacy - what are privacy principles - what to do if you think your priavcy has been breached. Also available in community languages.

Anti-Discrimination Board NSW

Anti-Discrimination Board (NSW)
Explains types of unlawful discrimination - race - disability - carers - age - indigenous people - pregnancy - marital status - harassment - vilification - includes making and lodging complaints - going to the tribunal and conciliation conferences.
Information available in community languages.

Australian Electoral Commission

Australian Electoral Commission
How to enrol - voting - electoral boundaries - elections - political parties. Information on enrolling and voting in community languages.

Centrelink website

Centrelink
For information about payments click on the box that applies to you eg families - separated families - job seekers - older Australians - carers -people with disability - indigenous Australians - migrants and refugees - rural and remote Australians - students and trainees.
Information in community languages.

Community Justice Centres (CJC)

Free mediation to help people in disputes reach an agreement. How CJC mediation works - getting ready - who's who - what to expect - support people - special assistance - case studies. Mediation between neighbours about fences, trees and noise - families - work and employment - business and consumers - money and debt - communities and associations. Information on CJCs also available in Community languages.

Consumer information fact sheets

Financial Rights Legal Centre
Banking, problems with your loan, financial hardship, debt collection, the Local Court, bankruptcy and sample letters.
Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Samoan, Vietnamese and Bahasa Indonesia.

Do you have a legal problem? See Legal Aid

Legal Aid New South Wales
Brochure available in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Croatian, English, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Khmer, Laotian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese.
View the YouTube video How Legal Aid can help you in Auslan.

Domestic violence - staying home, leaving violence

Family & Community Services (NSW)
An excellent website for women experiencing domestic violence. Explains services provided - for Aboriginal women - same-sex relationships - women with disabilities - children - financial issues - long term violence - women's refuges - internet safety - help with difficult decisions - legal protections - AVOs - emergency services - sexual assault - important contact details. Includes a short video.
Staying home leaving violence - provides support to let you stay in your home.
Information in community languages.

Drugs, driving and you

Legal Aid New South Wales
Explains what to do when pleading guilty to a charge of Driving under the Influence of a Drug (DUI Drug) charge.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese.

Enduring guardianship in New South Wales: your way to plan ahead

Public Guardian, Department of Justice
Why appoint an enduring guardian - who decides when you have lost capacity - includes case studies and forms. Revised 2014.
A shortened version available in other languages.

Fair Work Ombudsman

Fair Work Ombudsman
Fair Work Ombudsman gives advice and information on workplace rights and responsibilities - pay - awards - leave - conditons of employment - termination of employment - investigates workplace complaints - enforces compliance with national workplace laws.
Information in various languages - Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Family law frequently asked questions: what happens when your relationship ends.

Legal Aid New South Wales
An excellent introduction to family law. Answers to questions about your family, your children, your property, separation and divorce, child support and maintenance. Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Going to court : a handy guide to the Local Court for defendants in criminal matters

Legal Aid New South Wales
Excellent information for defendants in the local court - what to do before going to court - getting ready for court - legal aid - pleading - penalties - diversionary programs (including traffic offenders program, forum sentencing and circle sentencing) - appeals.
Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese

IARC information sheets

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre information sheets provide a step-by-step guide to the visa application and review process. Includes de facto partner visas, partner visas, visitor visors, deportation and cancellation information for prisoners and offshore refugee and humanitarian visas. Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi

Legal issues for older people - are you experiencing violence or abuse?

Legal Aid New South Wales
What abuse is - services for older people - Domestic Violence Hotline - availability of victims compensation.
Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Vietnamese.

Legal issues for older people - who will decide for you if you can't decide for yourself?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Making decisions about your future - appointing a decision maker for when you lose capacity to act for yourself. Listen to the information in English.
Brochure also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese.

Moneysmart - Superannuation and retirement

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
How superannuation works - choosing a fund - choosing an investment strategy - self managed funds - complaints - preservation age - retirement.
Information available in community languages.

Police powers: your rights and responsibilities

Legal Aid New South Wales
Arrest - arrest at the police station - searching people and their property - public disorder - move along directions - identification - questioning - seizing goods - the law - making complaints.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Renting a home

NSW Fair Trading
Rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords - tenant checklist - resolving renting problems - ending a tenancy.
Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
Watch the DVD - Renting a home: A tenant’s guide to rights and responsibilities in 17 languages.

So you want the violence to stop. Advice about domestic violence and help at court

Legal Aid New South Wales
About the Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services - AVOs - help with going to court - court orders - support available.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, Macedonian.

Are you having problems with fines?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Dealing with fines - options - court fines - penalty notices - overdue fines.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Dari/Farsi, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Asylum explained: a guide to the process of seeking asylum in Australia

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Who is a refugee? - Refugee Convention - how to apply for protection - Protection Visa - migration agents - Refugee Review Tribunal - Judicial Review - Ministerial Appeal - if you arrived by boat. Explanations in many community languages.

Buying a used car

NSW Fair Trading
Buying a car privately, at auction, from a licensed car dealer - used car warranties - cooling off period - signing a contract - finance - disputes - registration and insurance - maintenance - Available in Arabic, Chinese, Dinka and Vietnamese.

Complaints information

Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate complaints of discrimination and human rights breaches. Making a complaint - how complaints are resolved - conciliation, complaints flowchart, conciliation register.
Also available in Community languages.

Domestic violence offences: information for defendants

Legal Aid New South Wales
If an AVO is taken out against you - going to court - pleading not guilty - pleading guilty - breaching an ADVO - penalties.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese.

Drink driving charges and you

Legal Aid New South Wales
Preparing for court appearances - pleading guilty to the charge - writing reference letters - police fact sheets - what you should do in court.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese.

Moneysmart - Borrowing & credit

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Borrowing basics - credit cards - debit cards - home loans - car loans - personal loans, overdrafts and other types of credit - consumer credit regulation.
Information available in community languages.

Moneysmart - You can complain

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
How to complain about financial services and products - banking - insurance - financial advice.
Information available in community languages.

NSW Ombudsman: Some tips for making a complaint

NSW Ombudsman
Information about the Ombudsman available in community languages.

Options for dealing with unmanageable debt

Australian Financial Security Authority
Informal arrangements - options - financial counsellors - formal arrangements - interim relief - debt agreement - bankruptcy - personal insolvency agreement.
Available in community languages.

Organising a funeral

NSW Fair Trading
Where to start and the steps to take when arranging a funeral. Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese.

Unfair treatment - your rights

Anti-Discrimination Board (NSW)
What to do if you have been discriminated against - in easy English.

Your review rights under the GIPA Act

Information and Privacy Commission NSW
Information about the right to request a review of certain decisions made by government agencies about the release of information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (GIPA Act). Also available in community languages.

Applying for Supreme Court bail

Legal Aid New South Wales
Explains when you can get bail and the things you should know before you apply to the Supreme Court for bail. Note: translations will be updated shortly.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese.

Community Justice Centres - neighbours

Community Justice Centres
About free mediation in disputes - neighbours - fences - trees - noise.
Information available in community languages.

Fair Work Commission

Fair Work Commission
National workplace relations tribunal - minimum wages and employment conditions - national awards and agreements - dispute resolution - industrial action and termination of employment.
Some information is available in Arabic, Chinese Croatian, Dari, Greek, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese

NSW Electoral Commission

NSW Electoral Commission
About elections - how to enrol - voting - candidates - political parties - past election results. Includes information if you need help voting - languages other than English - hearing, speech or sight impaired - access for wheelchairs. Information available in community languages.
For NSW and local elections: Voting assistance before election day
Voting assistance at the polling place.

Tenants rights factsheets

Tenants NSW
Tenant's rights - bonds - locks and security - residential park and strata tenants - rent arrears - public tenants - sample letters - contacts for free legal advice and assistance.
Your rights as a tenant in Arabic, Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese.
Catch up on the latest news with the Tenants' Union of NSW blog - The brown couch.

Best for kids: family law information for children and parents

Legal Aid New South Wales
Family law information for children whose parents are separating - videos - independent children's lawyer - your feelings - your rights - mediation - information about the Family Court.
Best for kids video has captions in English, Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Legal issues for older people - helping your family financially: understand the risks

Legal Aid New South Wales
Effect on pensions of gifting assets - signing documents relating to your home or money - helpful phone numbers and contacts.
Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

Advice about your visa if you've been hurt or harmed by your partner

Legal Aid New South Wales
Your partner cannot cancel your visa - contact information for legal advice and assistance.
Also available in Arabic, Assyrian, Darsi/Farsi, Bengali, Hindi, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.

Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW factsheets

Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW
Information on EWON's service, opening/closing accounts, payment assistance, information for tenants and energy contracts. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese. Other languages also available.

Is someone asking the court to make an AVO against you?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Explains what the court can do if someone says you have been violent to them - explains terms such as defendant, applicant and protected person - what the court can do - what you have to do.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Mental Health Advocacy Service

Legal Aid New South Wales
Provides free legal information, advice and assistance about mental health law such as people who have been involuntarily admitted to a hospital, those appearing before the Guardianship Tribunal and relatives and friends of people with a mental health legal issues..
Brochures available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Dari/Farsi, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Why make a will?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Why make a will - costs - making a valid will.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese.

Character references - how they can help you if you are going to court

Legal Aid New South Wales
Written references can help your case in court - tips about the type of information to include in character references.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese

Legal issues for older people - moving in with the family?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Granny flats - considerations before signing documents - protecting yourself by getting things in writing - seeking advice.
Available in Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese.

Using a registered migration agent

Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
Information about using the service of a migration agent - what a migration agent does, how to choose one, and resolving disputes with an agent. Available in many community languages including Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Malay, Nepali, Portuguese, Russian, Sinhalese, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.

Disability support pension

Legal Aid New South Wales
Information on how to claim a disability support pension and what to do if your claim is refused.
Also available in Arabic.

Family law: family dispute resolution. Working out what's best for my children.

Legal Aid New South Wales
An introduction to family dispute resolution, conferences, certificates and agreements. Also available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese

My ex-partner has taken our children without my permission. What can I do?

Legal Aid New South Wales
Court orders - recovery, parenting, location orders, watch list - family dispute resolution - applying for orders - interim, final orders, children at risk - going to court - sample court orders - affidavits. Also available in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Changes to tenancy laws - audio

NSW Fair Trading
Explains the new Residential Tenancies Act 2010 that commenced 31 January 2011.
Listen in community languages: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Kirundi, Korean, Mandarin, Somali, Swahili, Tetum.

Quick Links

tool kit
find legal information in your community

available at your public library

hot topics

Bookmark and Share