About Us

What is Lawstuff?

Lawstuff provides legal information to children and young people in Australia. 

Children and young people can get free email advice about the law by sending a Lawmail. Click here to send a Lawmail.

Who owns this site anyway?

The National Children's and Youth Law Centre

Who are the National Children's and Youth Law Centre?

The National Children's and Youth Law Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation working for and in support of children and young people, their rights and access to justice.

The National Children's and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) began in 1993 with a three year grant from the Australian Youth Foundation and was supported by the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

Today it has a range of institutional supporters including the Federal Attorney General's Department, the University of New South Wales, King & Wood Mallesons, UNICEF, Squiz and the National Youth Advocacy Network as well as many many wonderful volunteers.

What does the NCYLC do?

The NCYLC tries to improve the conditions and opportunities of Australian children and young people by:

  • providing and advice and information about their legal rights and responsibilities
  • advocating for them when their rights or interests are threatened
  • supporting test cases to clarify or advance children's legal rights
  • pressing for changes in the law, procedures and practices to better protect children from abuse and oppression
  • promoting the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • arguing for greater opportunities for children and young people to participate in decision-making

Contact details

Postal address:

National Children's & Youth Law Centre
Law Building, First Floor
University of New South Wales 2052

Telephone: + 61 (0)2 9385 9588+ 61 (0)2 9385 9588
Fax: + 61 (0)2 9385 9589
Email: admin@ncylc.org.au (We do not provide legal advice through this email account - if you need advice, send us a Lawmail.)
Website: www.ncylc.org.au


Who helped us develop the site?

The site is currently being reviewed and re-developed with funding provided by:

  • The Federal Attorney-General's Department
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Melbourne Community Foundation
  • Ageing, Disability & Home Care NSW

In the past, funding for Lawstuff was provided by:

Office of Children and Young People, The Cabinet Office, New South Wales Government.

The Stegley Foundation
The Stegley Foundation was a private philanthropic trust established in 1973 by the late Brian and Shelagh Stegley. The Stegley Foundation's role is to promote social justice through social change. The Foundation is committed to the principle of empowering disadvantaged sections of society and making local and other levels of government more responsive to the needs of their constituents.

WorkCover NSW
WorkCover NSW is responsible for the administration of occupational health, safety and rehabilitation, and workers compensation in New South Wales. WorkCover NSW is committed to achieving world class standards of workplace health and safety and the return to work of injured workers in NSW.

The Workplace Violence and Harassment section of Lawstuff was funded under the WorkCover NSW Injury Prevention, Education and Research Grants Scheme. The section's conclusions and any views expressed are not necessarily those of WorkCover NSW.

Send your questions to Lawmail

Can't find the info you are looking for? Got a problem you can’t solve?

If you're under 25, or an adult asking on behalf of a person under 18, you can send your questions to Lawmail and we will email an answer to you in under 10 days. Urgent matters are dealt with more quickly.

Go to Lawmail. It’s free and confidential.