Illawarra Legal Centre
The Illawarra Legal Centre is a member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and is based in Warrawong, a southern suburb of Wollongong, NSW.
Welfare Rights Service
The ILC Welfare Rights Service deals with Centrelink matters. This service provides independent and FREE advice to Centrelink pension recipients. We can explain your rights and entitlements and provide assistance to appeal against decisions. In some matters we are able to represent clients at the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
The law relating to Social Security law falls under Commonwealth legislation. Therefore the law relates equally to Centrelink clients regardless of where they live in Australia.
We cover the Illawarra and South Coast and Wingecarribee regions.
For more information or to find out when you can speak with a Welfare Rights Advocate please phone 4276 1939. Face-to-face appointments are also available.
Unfortunately we cannot give advice by email. We cannot protect any confidential information you send to us by email if we have not asked for that information.
Appointments are available at other locations:
St Vincent De Paul, Oak Flats on every second Wednesday
Shoalcoast Legal Centre, Nowra on every second Monday
Please phone 4276 1939 to make an appointment.
We undertake community development and education and work on law reform where it is apparent that there are systemic problems. We are part of the National Welfare Rights Network Inc. To enquire about seminars or workshops involving rights for Centrelink recipients, please contact us on 4276 1939.
Other Useful Links:
For extensive and up to date publications refer to www.welfarerights.org.au. The Social Security handbook is also available on-line by subscription.
National Welfare Rights Network
The National Welfare Rights Network (NWRN) is a network of community legal centres throughout Australia which specialise in Social Security law and its administration by Centrelink. Based on the experience of clients of NWRN members, the Network also developes policy and advocates for reform based on the principles and rights
Centrelink is an agency of the Department of Human Services delivering a range of services to the community.
Social Security Appeals Tribunal
The Tribunal is the first level of external review of decisions made by Centrelink about social security, family assistance, education or training payments.
Its statutory objective is to provide a mechanism of review that is fair, just, economical, informal and quick. Applications can be lodged in writing, in person or by telephone.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) provides independent review of a wide range of administrative decisions made by the Australian government and some non-government bodies.
The AAT aims to provide fair, impartial, high quality and prompt review with as little formality and technicality as possible. Both individuals and government agencies use the services of the AAT.