This fact sheet lists the different free legal services available where you can get help. If you have a problem your first step is to see a lawyer to find out what you can do, and what your rights are.
Don’t be afraid to get help. There are many drop in clinics, telephone and email services where you can speak to a lawyer or get free legal information.
This information sheet details information about legal services in Victoria as at November 2017.
Can I speak to a lawyer?
If you have a legal problem it is important to get legal help early. Act quickly. If you wait your problem or fine could get worse. Here is a list of available free legal services. Contact a service that is most convenient to you.
Youthlaw gives legal advice and information to people under 25 years age.
You can get legal information or email a lawyer on the Youthlaw website, or you can drop-in and see a lawyer without an appointment at the following locations:
Drop-in clinic: 2-5pm Mon, Tues
Friday Fines Clinic: 1pm-4.30pm Fri
19 King St, Melbourne – no appointment required
(03) 9112 9500
Other legal services
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
This service is for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.
You can get legal advice and information on most areas of the law.
Ph: 1800 064 865 or 9418 5999
Victoria Legal Aid – Legal Help
Legal Help is a telephone service where you can get information on most legal problems, receive a referral to a legal service or make an appointment to see a lawyer at Victoria Legal Aid.
Ph: 1300 792 387
Community Legal Centres
Community legal centres provide free legal information to their local community. Depending on the centre you can either speak to a lawyer by making an appointment or by attending one of their drop-in clinics. To find your local community legal centre, call the Federation of Community Legal Centres who will refer you to your local centre.
Federation of Community Legal Centres
Ph: (03) 9652 1500
Specialist community legal centres
There are a number of specialist legal centres in Victoria that provide assistance. Contact the service that best matches your legal problem.
Social Security Rights Victoria
Ph: (03) 9481 0355
Consumer protection issues
Consumer Action Law Centre
Ph: (03) 9629 6300
Ph: (03) 9662 1933 or 1800 331 617 (country callers)
Domestic Violence and family issues
Women’s Legal Service Victoria
Ph: (03) 8622 0600 or 1800 133 302 (toll free)
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Center
Ph: (03) 9928 9600, 1800 015 188 (toll free) (24 hours 7 days per week)
Disability and Discrimination issues
Disability & Discrimination Legal Service
Ph: (03) 9654 8644
Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
Ph: (03) 5227 3338 or 1800 014 111 (free call for legal issues only)
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Ph: (03) 9326 6066
Ph: (03) 9413 0100 (Advice Line: Wednesdays 10am-2pm, Fridays 10am-2pm) Ph: (03) 9413 0101 (General enquiries)
International Student’s Legal Centre
Ph: (03) 9391 2944
Homeless or at risk of homelessness
Homeless Persons Legal Clinic
(03) 8636 4408 or 1800 606 313 (toll free)
Mental health issues
Mental Health Legal Centre
Ph: (03) 9629 4422 or 1800 555 887 (toll free)
Tenant’s Union of Victoria
Ph: (03) 9416 2577
Can I email a lawyer?
You can email a lawyer to get legal information.
Legal information for people under 25 years old
LawMail is a national service. Email a lawyer in your home state to get legal information www.lawstuff.org.au/vic_law/Lawmail/
Finding legal information
Youthlaw’s website has information and fact sheets covering common legal problems for young people.
The Lawstuff website has legal information for young people around Australia. Lawstuff hosts LawMail, a national legal information email service.
Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid has a youth section on its website. There are factsheets and publications you can download with information on common youth legal issues.
Community Legal Centres
Your local community legal centre will also have brochures and factsheets. Contact the Federation of Community Legal Centres.
The Law Handbook Online
The Law Handbook is a practical guide to the law in Victoria. There are useful factsheets that you can download.