LEGAL ADVICE AND CASEWORK

 

Who We Can Help

Northern Community Legal Centre provides free and confidential legal advice and assistance to people who live, work, or study in Moreland, Hume, or Mitchell Shire Council Local Government Areas.

NCLC has limited resources and cannot help everyone. NCLC will prioritise assistance for members of our community who have or are facing multiple systemic barriers to achieving justice in their legal matters including those who are:

·         Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

·         Experiencing mental ill health, disability, or cognitive impairment

·         Homeless

·         LGBTIQ+

·         Refugees and newly arrived

·         Victims / survivors of family violence

·         Young people under 25

NCLC may be able to assist priority clients by providing advice and referrals to other legal services or organisations. Depending on your legal matter, and our capacity and expertise, our Centre may be able to assist with further casework assistance. To be eligible for casework, a client must also have a reasonable prospect of obtaining a successful outcome and the area of law must be within the experience of our lawyers.

Please call us on (03) 9310 4376 to make an appointment. We can provide an interpreter on request.

LEGAL PROGRAMS

What We Do Not Help With

We do not assist with the following:

  • Binding Financial Agreements

  • Business disputes

  • Conveyancing

  • Immigration

  • Neighbourhood Disputes

  • Personal Injury

  • Personal Safety Intervention Orders

  • Wills and Estates

​​What We Can Help With

NCLC may be able to assist priority clients by providing advice and referrals to other legal services or organisations. Depending on your legal matter, and our capacity and expertise, NCLC may be able to assist with further casework assistance.

Please call us on (03) 9310 4376 to make an appointment. We can provide an interpreter on request.

Consumer Law 

NCLC helps clients facing multiple systemic barriers with consumer law matters, including education fees, gym memberships, motor vehicle purchases and repairs, phone contracts, and rent to buy contracts.

Criminal 

NCLC can provide priority clients who have been charged with an offence advice in relation to their criminal matters.

We do not provide advice or assistance for the following offences:

·         Sexual assaults

·         Family violence offences

Debt 

NCLC provides priority clients with advice in relation to debts including car loan debt, credit card debt, personal loan debt, telecommunications debt, and utility debts.

Employment 

NCLC can provide priority clients with advice about the minimum rights, responsibilities, and entitlements under Australian workplace laws.

Family Law

We provide family law advice in relation to the following family law matters:

·         Divorce

·         Parenting

·         Property

·         Spousal maintenance

Family Violence Intervention Orders

NCLC offers a duty lawyer service at the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court to provide on-the-spot advice and limited court representation for Applicants and Affected Family Members in Family Violence Intervention Order matters. Referrals are made through the Court. We do not make appointments for this service. 

NCLC prioritises victims of family violence and provide advice through our family violence clinics at several locations. NCLC may be able to assist priority clients by providing advice and referrals to other legal services or organisations. 

Immigration Advice for Indian Victims of Family Violence

NCLC provides immigration advice and assistance to victims and/or survivors of family violence who are of Indian heritage.

 NCLC does not provide any other immigration advice or assistance to any other persons and NCLC does not assist with citizenship applications.

 All migration advice is provided by registered Migration Agent Nhirushni Somasundaram MARN: 1572478. To access a copy of The Migration Agents Code of Conduct, please click here.

Infringements

NCLC lawyers can provide assistance to priority clients who have with multiple driving, toll, parking, public transport and other types of infringements.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

NCLC provides legal advice to priority clients in relation to debts arising from motor vehicle accidents and disputes with insurance companies.

Tenancy

NCLC lawyers provide advice to our priority clients residential tenancy issues including:

·         Bond Payments, Refunds, and Disputes

·         Breaking a Lease

·         Compensation for Tenants

·         Family Violence and Tenancy

·         Lease Assignment

·         Notice to Vacate

·         Rent Increases

·         Repairs

Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal

NCLC provides advice about eligibility and the process for making an Application to the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal for victims of violent crimes that have occurred in Victoria.

NCLC may be able to assist priority clients by providing advice and referrals to other legal services or organisations. Depending on your legal matter, and our capacity and expertise, NCLC may be able to assist with further casework assistance.