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.


Disaster Response and Recovery

The Centre provides free, high-quality legal and social support to people displaced by the floods.

About the Project

The Centre forms a vital part of the safety net that help protect marginalised people and communities from the social and economic impacts of crises, like extreme weather events and the Covid-19 pandemic.


Alongside the physical and psychological impacts, crises like floods can create or exacerbate serious legal issues. 


This includes problems with insurance claims, housing and tenancies, income and social security, credit and debt, family violence and family law, destroyed documents and wills, and more.


The people that The Centre support are often first and hardest hit by climate disasters. People experiencing financial hardship, First Nations people, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, and people living in rural, regional and remote communities, are time and time again left with inadequate protection from climate catastrophes such as bushfires, flooding, extreme heat or cold, hailstorms, and more.


Living under threat

A short documentary that tells the story of Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, and the role they have played in preparing for, and responding to, the devastating floods.

How we can help


The Disaster Response & Recovery Team provides spcialist advice & assistance in the following areas:

  • Government and other grants, 
  • Insurance – understanding your contract and advice and assistance with claims and disputes, 
  • Resilient Homes Program advice, 
  • Tenancy advice, including emergency accommodation and pod villages, 
  • Replacing lost documents.


We can also assist with referrals to other specialist services to assist with issues such as:



  • your rights at work,
  • consumer protection,
  • family law,
  • family and domestic violence,
  • financial hardship and
  • social services

Helpful Resources

Resilient Homes Program

Disaster Recovery Legal Health Check

What is a Legal Health Check?​

Karin Ness explains the importance of a Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Legal Health Check.



Disaster Recovery Legal Health Check (Individuals)


Disaster Recovery Legal Health Check (for referrers)

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Services NSW Grants

Climate Justice

Upcoming Events

Facing Up: how do we live in the midst of the climate and ecological crises? FINAL PRESENTATION IN SERIES

Facing Up is a series of trauma-informed conversations that focuses on the social, economic, cultural, political, emotional and spiritual consequences of the ecological crisis.

Wed 29th Nov 2023

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Brunswick Picture House – 30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Register here


Living Lab Northern Rivers


See the Living Lab Northern Rivers What’s On page for events during November & December 2023


The shopfront space is located at

11 Woodlark Street

Lismore NSW 2480

Open Tues—Thurs, 1—4pm

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