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We promote and protect the human and legal rights of people with disability and their supporters through legal advocacy.

Who we are.

We are a Community Legal Centre. Set up in 1994, we aim to promote and protect the human and legal rights of people with disability and their supporters through legal advocacy.
Learn more about us.

What we do.

Our services include providing free legal advice, taking on selected casework, assisting with referrals, delivering Community Legal Education, and undertaking law reform and projects.
See if we can help you.

Get Help

Have you been discriminated against based on your disability in New South Wales, Australia? If so, we can offer free legal advice. If you are outside NSW or we cannot help you, we’ll refer you to a service that can.

How to Contact Us

Do you need help with a legal issue?

If you are in NSW:

For disability discrimination advice, contact us directly on 1800 800 708 between 9.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

If your matter is urgent and you need immediate assistance, contact LawAccess on 1300 888 529 between 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

If you are outside of NSW:

Please see our Referrals page.

What is disability discrimination?

Disability discrimination is protected by law in Australia. If you experience discrimination because of your disability, the law may be able to help you.

There are both Federal and NSW laws that protect you against discrimination in many areas of life; including employment, education, accommodation, getting to or using services, accessing public places and harassment.

There are two main types of disability discrimination:

Direct discrimination is when a person with a disability is treated less favourably than a person without the disability in the same or similar circumstances. For example, it would be ‘direct disability discrimination’ if a nightclub or restaurant refused a person entry because they are blind and have a guide dog.

Indirect discrimination is when there is a rule or policy that is the same for everyone but has an unfair effect on people with a particular disability. For example, it may be indirect disability discrimination if the only way to enter a public building is by a set of stairs because people with disabilities who use wheelchairs would be unable to enter the building.

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