On the 28 February 2022, the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre was impacted by the 2022 Eastern Australia floods. A number of our documents were water-damaged, destroyed or lost. We are currently investigating the extent of the damage and identifying any salvageable documents. There is no evidence at this time that any client's personal information has been accessed. The incident has been reported to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

If you have any concerns regarding your personal information and suspect any fraudulent or unusual activity involving your personal information, please contact these agencies as soon as possible:

Service NSW: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/report-scam-or-cybercrimeAustralian Cyber Security Centre: https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/individuals-and-familiesScamwatch: https://ww.scamwatch.gov.au

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused our clients and their families. For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at legal@northernriversclc.org.au or by emailing or calling us at (02) 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889.

NR Community Legal Centre

About Us

Learn more about our vision, values, history and the work that we do.

NRCLC Commitment to Clients


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Our Vision


“A just and safe society for all”

Our Values


  • Commitment to Indigenous community
  • Working collaboratively for self determination
  • Social justice
  • Respect for clients, the communities we work within, and each other
  • Integrity
  • Access and equity
  • Safety (cultural safety, freedom from violence, right to be safe)
  • Community development
  • Feminist framework

Our History

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.

Our Work

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. The Centre is one of 39 CLCs in NSW and accredited by Community Legal Centres Australia.



The CLC Australia National Accreditation Scheme is an industry based certification process, that supports and recognises good practice in the delivery of service by community legal centres. The Centre 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 Service, a Disaster Response & Recovery Service, a social work service, a Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, and a Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, including a local coordination point. We believe that we are a lead social justice organisation. Our work with people who experience 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 whose inability to navigate the legal system further increases their disadvantage.