Legal Information And Advice
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal assistance for people who have a legal problem in NSW. They can provide you with information about your legal problem and contact details for services that might be able to assist you.
If you are calling from outside Australia you can contact LawAccess NSW by calling +61 2 8833 3190 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) or Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
Legal Aid NSW has a number of specialist services that provide help over the phone.
|Youth Hotline||1800 10 18 10|
|Child Support Service||02 9633 9916 (Sydney) or 1800 451 784 (regional)|
|Mental Health Advocacy Service||02 9747 6155|
|Veteran’s Advocacy Service||02 9219 5148|
|Prisoners Legal Service||02 8688 3888|
For any further legal information and advice, please see website: www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/ or calling 1300 888 529
The Redfern Legal Service for NSW will provide legal services to International students: https://rlc.org.au/our-services/international-students
Other useful links include:
- Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
- Community Legal Centres NSW
- Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW&ACT)
- PIAC Public Interest Advocacy Service NSW
- Community Restorative Centre
- Gay and Lesbian Legal Rights Centre
- HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
- Women’s Legal Services NSW
|Your rights as a consumer||Consumer Action Law Centre|
|Your rights as a tenant||Tenants Union of Victoria|
|Refugee and immigration legal issues||Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc.|
|Your rights at work||JobWatch|
|Specialist legal advice for women||Women’s Legal Service Victoria|
If in any doubt, please contact the EEI Administration Office or Student Counsellor, who will assist you through referral to the appropriate agency.
24 hour Crisis Emergency Contacts:
|Police (Free call)||000|
|Crime Stoppers||1800 000|
NSW Rape Crisis Centre – 98196565 or 1800 424 017 Eastern and Central Sexual Assault Services – 9515 3680 Crisis Service-ask for afterhours crisis workers – 9515 6111
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
Crisis line 1800 806 292 (Freecall* Victoria, Australia) Email: SACLFeedback@thewomens.org.au Police/emergency contact line: (03) 8345 3494
Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Alcoholics Anonymous NSW (24 hours) – 9799 1199
Alcoholics Anonymous VIC (24 hours) – 9429 1833 or 1300 AA HOPE
Victims of Crime Support Lines
NSW 24 hour information, support and referrals – 9374 3000 VIC Open: 8am – 11pm, 7 days a week – 1800 819 817
Interpreting Services: 131450 (Sydney); 9034 5299 (Melbourne)
Work Rights—International Student Only
Students are not permitted to work until their course is started. Students can work up to 40 hours fortnightly while their course is in session (excluding any work undertaken as a registered component of study or training) and they can work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. Family members of students are not allowed to work until the student begins the course. They are allowed to work up to 40 hours fortnightly at all times. Students should contact the Department if Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia for the latest requirements as these requirements vary.
Living in Australia
There are many websites providing information on living in Australia. These few are useful:
https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs – this is a good site identifying the costs of living in Australia.
If you have a school aged dependent, you will be required to pay full fees if enrolled in either a government or non-government school. Check the government’s education website in the state you will be living in.