“A just and safe society for all”
In 1993, a Steering Committee was established by a thriving, young and committed group of people, who together held true to their values and who wanted to change the world.
Their courageous vision: to establish a community legal centre in the Northern Rivers.
In 1995 an unfunded free legal service – the Lismore and District Legal Centre- was established under the auspice of the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre .
In 1996, with our first funding grant, the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre commenced operations with the assistance of staff and students from Southern Cross University and volunteers from the legal and general community.
Community Legal Centres are independent community organisations that provide free legal services including information, referral, strategic casework and advice, community education and community development, advocacy and law reform.
NRCLC is one of 39 CLCs in NSW and accredited by the National Association of Community Legal Centres. The NACLC Accreditation Scheme is an industry based certification process that supports and recognises good practice in the delivery of service by community legal centres.
NRCLC provides quality legal services throughout the Northern Rivers region, at our central office in Lismore, in our outreach office in Murwillumbah, and on outreach when we visit local communities. We are committed to improving people’s access to justice and linking communities with other specialist services in our region.
From our humble beginnings, we now comprise a Generalist Civil, Family Law Care and Protection Legal Service, a Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, and a Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, including a local coordination point.
We believe we are a lead social justice organisation.
Our work with victims and survivors of domestic and family violence, our innovative and progressive partnerships and relationships with our local community and our commitment to cultural competency are critical indicators of how we advocate for social justice, particularly for those who are socially or economically disadvantaged, and those whose inability to navigate the legal system further increases their disadvantage.