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Established in 1977 and located in Redfern, Redfern Legal Centre is an independent, non-profit community legal centre. RLC is dedicated to promoting social justice and human rights and provides free legal advice, referral and casework to disadvantaged people and groups who live in its catchment area. RLC is also dedicated to community legal education and is an advocate for reforming inequalities in laws, the legal system, administrative practices and society as a whole.

 That RLC will deliver to the needs of the community through its development of core specialist skills in:

  • Domestic violence;
  • Credit, debt and consumer complaints;
  • Tenancy and housing;
  • Police and government accountability;
  • Employment;
  • Discrimination and human rights; and
  • An advice clinic for international students.

That RLC will also provide generalist advice to clients who experience disadvantage such as:

  • People with disability;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • People of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and
  • Students.

As a result, RLC will be seen as a centre of excellence, providing thought leadership and cutting edge law-reform in these areas for the benefit of the community.

Purpose

RLC promotes social justice by:

  • Providing free legal advice, legal services and education to disadvantaged people in New South Wales; in particular to residents of inner Sydney and to the groups who advocate for them; and
  • Participating in activities that reduce inequalities and defects in laws, the legal system, and administrative and social practices that impact on disadvantaged people.

Values

  • Equity and social justice;
  • Empowerment of individuals and communities to enjoy their rights; and
  • Respect for clients, the communities we work within, and each other.

Objectives

1. Legal Services

To assist disadvantaged people and their representatives to access justice and the legal system.

2. Legal Reform

To identify and seek to remove inequalities in the laws, legal system, administrative practices and society as a whole that affect disadvantaged people by working for social and legal change to enhance respect for human rights.

3. Legal Education

To educate disadvantaged people and their representatives in legal rights so they can resolve problems and assert their rights.

4. Organisational Resourcing

To sustain an infrastructure and administration that provides adequate resourcing for our activities and to effectively manage and maintain those resources.

Redfern Legal Centre Website