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Legal help

Youthlaw provides free and confidential legal information and advice to young people up to the age of 25. Call us on (03) 9113 9500 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday).

You can also email us with a legal query or fill in our online form to send us a question.

We usually call back within 2 days ( earlier if we can see it’s urgent or no later than within 5 days). Alternately you can call  Victoria Legal Aid’s Legal Help line on 1300 792 387 or visit VLA’s service is a  multilingual  legal help line and not just for young people so be warned that sometimes there can be delays.

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).

We do also help adults who are assisting a young person, by phone (as above) or via email, however this is restricted to advice about police interviews or is criminal charge related.

We do provide legal representation however our resources are limited and we prioritise vulnerable young people and in accordance with our casework guidelines.

General enquiries

Phone: 03 9113 9500 (all inquiries including legal help)
Fax : 03 9620 3622 (admin & management type queries)

Legal education & training requests

We provide legal information and resources for young people, parents, workers and other adults supporting young people. Go to our website a fill in our easy online form. Your request will be taken to our weekly lawyer meeting and allocated . Where we do not have capacity we may suggest another organisation.

In regard to legal education for young people we restrict our sessions to groups of vulnerable, marginalised  or disadvantaged young people.  This generally does not include schools, however could be provided to a group of students in a targeted program or to VCAL or community/alternative schools.  Schools are encouraged to contact Victoria Legal Aid  as they provide some legal education in schools or you can use access their excellent  Street Law Education Kit for teachers, youth workers and other educators.

Our location

Youthlaw is located at 147-155 Pelham St, Carlton 3053 Vic.

We provide drop-in clinics as well as a special Fines Clinic every Friday. See our drop-in advice page for more information. Unfortunately, these clinics have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please call us instead on (03) 9113 9500.

Media enquiries

T: 03 9113 9500 and ask for

  • Director – Ariel Couchman

or email at

Feedback or concerns

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