Legal advice

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

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What we provide

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

Or via a drop down  ask a lawyer online form (2-5 days turnaround  )

We have a number of free drop-in legal clinic where you see a lawyer and get advice. No appointment needed . From 2-5pm (arrive before 4.30) on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.

When you get advice we’ll let you know if we can take it further ( letters, court etc) . We’ll also give you info on other legal services.

We prioritise on-going assistance and court representation to young people who are vulnerable ( eg. have mental health issues, at risk of homelessness or not able to represent yourself).

Common issues we provide advice on:

  • Fines: Train/tram fines or other fines particularly where stuff going on such as mental heath, homelessness etc.
  • Criminal charges : Police interviews, going to court, getting court representation.  What are my rights?
  • Driving :  Fines & charges for drink driving, hooning, driving without a licence – what do I do?
  • Becoming independent:  Leaving home, living with others. Who do I get to sign forms if I don’t leave at home?
  • Complaints: Who do I contact to complain about being treated unfairly at work, school, accommodation etc
  • Buying stuff: When can I get a refund? I’ve been ripped off
  • Car accidents: I wasn’t insured – do I have to pay?
  • 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?
  • Employment: My rights at work – am I getting paid the right amount?
  • Family: What are my rights when my parents separate? 
  • 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?
  • Victim 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.