ACT Legal Services Guide

The information below let’s you know where to find free legal services within the Canberra Region. It has been compiled by the volunteers at Volunteering and Contact ACT. We do our best to keep it as up-to-date as possible, however, if you do see something that is incorrect please let us know and we will update the information as soon as we can.

ACT Pro Bono Clearing House (ACT Law Society)

02 6274 0300, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Level 4/ 1 Farrell Place Canberra City 2601. Provides free legal advice on simple legal matters. Assists in determining a legal problem and the possible need for engaging the services of the Legal Aid Office or a private solicitor to solve it. Interviews are by appointment only.

Free Legal Advice/ Legal Advice Bureau (ACT Law Society)

02 6274 0300, Mon-Fri 12:30-2pm. Level 4/ 1 Farrell Place Canberra City. Free 15 minute consultations. By appointment only.

Legal Aid Office ACT

02 6243 3411, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. 2 Allsop Street, Canberra City 2601. Free legal advice and assistance regarding legal issues in civil, criminal and family law is available for all ACT residents, either by phone or in person. In particular, those who are socially or economically disadvantaged. Legal representation is also available (means & merits tested).

1. Free Legal Aid Helpline: 1300 654 314, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm. Free legal info, referral and limited advice to anyone in the ACT.

2. Family Law Duty Solicitor: Weekdays at Magistrate Court 10am-3pm. Assistance with family law matters.

3. Domestic Violence & Personal Protection: 02 6207 1874, Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. Magistrate’s Court.

4. Criminal Practice: 02 6243 3407, Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm.

Consumer Law Centre of the ACT (CLC)

02 6143 0044 / 1800 007 007, 9am-5pm weekdays. Level 1 back of Waldorf Apartments, 2 Akuna Street, City. Project of Care Financial Counselling Service. Provides free legal assistance and advice to low to moderate income consumers, primarily in the areas of Consumer Law e.g, credit, telecommunications and utilities, as well as general fair trading and consumer protection. Visit www.carefcs.org

Canberra Community Law

Within Canberra 02 6218 7900, Outside Canberra 1800 445 665. 21 Barry Drive Turner / corner Watson Street and Barry Drive. Free legal advice information and advocacy to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Canberra. Email info@canberracommunitylaw.org.au or visit www.canberracommunitylaw.org.au

Canberra Community Law services include:

1. Housing Law & Social Security Law

02 6218 7977, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 9:30am-1pm. Information and advocacy in private and public tenancy / Centrelink / Social Security and Legal Aid appeals – people on low incomes.

2. Night Time Legal Advice Service

02 6218 7999, Tue nights 6pm-8pm. One-off service. Generalist legal service operating each Tuesday night only. Telephone and drop in service (latter before 7pm to be assisted on night), first come first served.

3. Street Law

02 6218 7995 / 1800 787 529, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Generalist legal outreach service for people at risk or experiencing homelessness. Help also available to clients living in Queanbeyan. Email info@streetlaw.org.au or visit www.streetlaw.org.au

4. Disability Discrimination Law

02 6218 7918, Mon-Thu 9am-5pm. Free legal service assisting people who have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability as recognised under legislation.

5. Socio-Legal Practice Clinic (SLP)

Mon & Tue mornings – Drop-in. At Canberra Community Law 21 Barry Drive, Turner. To help people with housing and Centrelink problems who have high level of vulnerability and no supports. Offers legal and social work assessment with possibility of case management.

Tenants Advice Service

02 6247 2011, Mon-Fri 10am-1pm. Free phone legal advice on tenancy matters to all who rent in the ACT. Leave a message stating your full name and phone number. Expect a response within 2-3 days. We are a small service and may not respond straight away. We will make 3 attempts to return your call. Email info@tenantsact.org.au or visit www.tenantsact.org.au

Environmental Defenders Office

02 6243 3460, Mon 9:15am-2:45pm; Tue-Wed 9am-5:30pm. Level 1, 14 Childers St Canberra. Independent community legal centre specialising in environmental law. Email edoact@edo.org.au or visit www.edo.org.au/edoact

Youth Law Centre ACT

02 6173 5410, Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Level 1, 14 Childers Square Cnr Childers St and University Ave Canberra City. Free drop in legal and referral service for young people aged 12-25, who may need assistance or information on a range of legal matters. Fax: 6162 3592. Email contact@youthlawact.org.au or visit www.youthlawact.org.au

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ ACT)

02 6249 8488, Level 3 Colonial Mutual Bld, 1721 University Ave Canberra City. ALS provides info and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Canberra and Queanbeyan.

Women’s Legal Centre

Advice Line 02 6257 4499, Admin 02 6257 4377, Fax 6247 0848. Advice Line: Mon-Fri 9.30am -12noon, Admin: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Provides free, confidential telephone advice to women on legal issues. No drop-in service, appointments only. Researches law reform and runs community legal advice sessions.

South Eastern Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy

02 6299 3835, Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 8am-4pm. 274 Crawford St, Queanbeyan. Support to women before, during and after court obtained ADVO’s. Referrals to other services.

ANU Students Association

02 6125 2444, Mon, Tue, Wed. Advice on all legal matters to enrolled students. Phone for appointments. Email: sa.admin@anu.edu.au / sssa.admin@anu.edu.au

St John’s Care – Migration law consultations by appointment

02 6248 7771, Tue 1pm-3pm. 45 Constitution Ave Reid (in grounds of St John’s Church) Free legal advice to refugees and migrants at migration law consultations.