Need legal help over Christmas?

Our office will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 23 December and will re-open at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021. If people need legal assistance during this time, help is available.

Victoria and NSW hotlines are open across the Christmas and New Year break (except Public Holiday’s).

Victoria Legal Aid – 1300 792 387

Law Access in NSW – 1300 888 529

From all the staff at HRCLS, we hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


We have implemented changes to the way we provide legal services.  Our aim is to protect the health and safety of our staff, clients and the community.  We have closed our offices to the public for the time being but you can still call us on 1800 918 377 or contact us through the website. Due to our current circumstances, the service we can provide is limited, so if we are unable to assist you, we will refer you to other appropriate services. Free legal advice is also available through Victoria Legal Aid on 1300 792 387 or online chat at, or through LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529. Click here for helpful answers to common legal questions.


Do you need legal help after the bushfires? You can get FREE information about your legal issues and options for ongoing assistance.

Victoria – go to the Disaster Legal Help Victoria website or call 1800 113 432 to talk to someone about how to access free legal assistance. The Get Help section contains legal information about the most common issues people face when affected by a disaster. Topics include fencing, property, destroyed Wills and documents, and dealing with insurance and mortgage problems. Disaster Legal Help Victoria partners include the Law Institute of Victoria, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Victorian Bar and Justice Connect, and Victoria Legal Aid who are coordinating the legal response in Victoria to the bushfire crisis.

NSW – go to the Legal Aid NSW website for information and factsheets. Please call the LawAccess NSW Disaster Response Hotline 1800 801 529 for information, or contact the Insurance Law Service.