In The Community

Our Mission

To provide an accessible professional legal service, responsive to the needs of those most disadvantaged and which promotes just and lasting solutions to legal and social issues in our community.

Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre

Shoalcoast is a not-for-profit, community managed free legal service established in 1999. It is funded by Commonwealth and State Governments via the Community Legal Services Program administered by the Legal Aid Commission of NSW.

Generous support from individuals, foundations, law firms and others is welcomed by Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre. Your contribution helps Shoalcoast undertake our vital work in assisting the most disadvantaged people in our region with their legal issues and access to justice. Shoalcoast is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Taxation Office and therefore donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible. Contact the Shoalcoast Coordinator on 4422 9529 or email to make an enquiry about making a tax deductible gift to Shoalcoast.

Provides free legal services to men and women of the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Local Government Areas. In addition to women living in the Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Palerang and Queanbeyan Local Government Areas through our South East NSW Women's Legal Service.

Is part of a state wide (CLCNSW - and national (NACLC - network of Community Legal Centres, which aim to promote an agenda of social justice, and to work towards fairer legal and social outcomes for those most disadvantaged in our community

All You Need Is A Lawyer

This short film was produced by Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre Management Committee, staff and volunteers to enter into the inaugural National Association of Community Legal Centre Short Film Festival competition as part of the annual conference held in Alice Springs in August 2014. The short film (6 minutes long) depicts a number of typical client scenarios that present to Shoalcoast for free legal advice. Shoalcoast was the winner of the competition with this short film! Have a look and enjoy.

"What you need is a lawyer" from Shoalcoast CLC on Vimeo.

Free Legal Advice

Our solicitors give free legal advice over the phone on a wide range of matters every Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 12 noon. For phone advice ring us during those times on 4422 9529 (Nowra and Northern Shoalhaven) or 1800 229 529 (Ulladulla, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shires).  Women living in the Bega, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Palerang and Queanbeyan Local Government Areas can also ring during these phone advice times on 1800 229 529 to access our South East NSW Women's Legal Service solicitor.

We also provide free legal advice through face to face appointments available in our Nowra office and at various community locations in the Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley and South East NSW. See the What's On, Outreach Page of our website for full details.

What We Do

  • Free advice, information and referral - on most non-commercial areas of law - see Shoalcoast Guidelines page.
  • Free Community Legal Education on a broad range of legal topics - to community groups and workers for professional development.
  • Free publications on a broad range of legal topics - feel free to drop into our office to look through these.
  • Lobbying & advocacy - to change unjust laws and policies
  • Client Rights & Responsibilities Information Sheet
  • Client Privacy Information Sheet

Domestic and Family Violence App Available To Use Now

Who is the App for?
The Aurora Domestic and Family Violence App is for people experiencing domestic and family violence or for those worried about their relationship.
It is also a valuable resource for those worried that a friend or family member is experiencing domestic and family violence.

What is on the Aurora App?
The app contains useful and potentially life-saving information including:
  • Emergency contacts
  • Information on the sorts of behaviour considered to be domestic and family violence
  • Vital information and links to support services available in NSW.

Importantly, the app also allows the user to message their trusted friends and family members or call emergency services immediately.

Check out the Aurora Website for more information here.