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Free and confidential legal advice to young people up to the age of 25

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How can we help?

We provide free and confidential legal information and advice for young people up to the age of 25.

We can also be contacted through our website ask a lawyer online form (2-5 days turnaround  )

We run a free drop-in legal clinic where you can see a lawyer and receive free legal advice from 1-5pm (arrive before 4.30) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. No appointments are needed.

We take on cases for some young people but not all . We will give you advice and suggest other places to get help.

Youthlaw provides legal representation at court if you are vulnerable ( mental health issues, homeless etc ) and unable to represent yourself, and if we have capacity . You need to be seen at our clinic first.

What we help with

  • Becoming independent:  How old do I have to be to leave home? Who do I get to sign forms if I don’t leave at home?
  • Buying stuff: When can I get a refund?
  • Car accidents: I wasn’t insured – do I have to pay?
  • Complaints: Who do I contact to complain about being treated unfairly.
  • Criminal matters: I have to go to court what do I need to do? The police say they want me to come in for an Interview. What are my rights?
  • Debts: I’ve got debts. I’m in a bad mobile phone contract.  What are my options?
  • Discrimination: I’m being sexually harassed at work. I got knocked back on a rental . What can I do about it?
  • Driving offences: I’m facing legal issues over drink driving, hooning, driving without a licence – what do I do?
  • Employment: My rights at work – am I getting paid the right amount?
  • Family: What are my rights when my parents separate? 
  • Fines: Have train/tram fines or other fines you  can’t fine or have special circumstances ( mental heath, homelessness, other stuff going on)  ?  What can I do?
  • Police issues: Experienced excessive force? Been stopped and searched? Where can I find out my rights?
  • Relationships: What are the laws about sex and becoming a young parent?
  • Security guards: What can and can’t they do?
  • Tenancy: How can I make my landlord do repairs? I want to end my tenancy – what do I do?
  • Ticket inspectors: What are my rights? Can I complain?
  • School: Suspension, expulsion and bullying – where do I stand legally?
  • Victims of crime: Where can I get help and information about compensation?
  • Violence and abuse: Been abused physically , emotionally or verbally ? Been sexually abused ? Need an intervention order?  Have an intervention against you?

Lots of information on these and other issues is available in our learn about the law section.

What we can’t help with

We can’t help with these issues, but if you call us, we can tell you who to talk to:

  • Migration
  • Divorce
  • Child protection
  • Personal injury
  • Wills/estates
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Commercial matters
  • Taxation

If you’re in immediate danger

It might take a few days to hear back from us, so if you are at risk of harm call 000.

If you need to talk to someone or get support in the meantime, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 (for under 18s) or  Lifeline on 13 11 14  (for over 18s). You can also drop into Frontyard Youth services at 19 King St any day . Youth workers will help you work out what you need . There are health , housing and lots of other services in the building.

For Mental health worries look up Headspace centres across Victoria

If you’ve got substance abuse problems check out the Youth Advocacy Support Service

Feedback or concerns

If you have any feedback or concerns about the service you receive from a Youthlaw lawyer, please see this brochure on how to make a complaint.