Contact Legal Aid ACT
T: 1300 654 314 (helpline)
Contact a specialist Community Legal Centre (most have eligibility guidelines).
Contact a specialist CLC
Specialist Community Legal Centres include:
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT)
1800 765 767 (police charges and court matters)
1800 733 233 (care and protection and family matters)
Canberra Community Law
Canberra Community Law (formerly Welfare Rights and Legal Centre) is a community legal centre providing legal services to people on low incomes or facing other disadvantage in Canberra and its region.
(02) 6218 7977 or 1800 445 665 (free call)
(02) 6218 7999 (night advice)
(02) 6218 7995 (Street Law)
(02) 6218 7977 (Housing Law)
(02) 6218 7918 (Disability Discrimination Law)
Consumer Law Centre of the ACT
The Consumer Law Centre provides free legal advice in the areas of consumer credit (mortgages, credit cards and personal loans), debt recovery, banking, bankruptcy, insurance, simple contracts, and general fair trading and consumer protection.
(02) 6143 0044
Environmental Defenders Office (ACT branch)
0491 243 638
National Debt Helpline
1800 007 007
Women’s Legal Centre ACT
(02) 6257 4377 or 1800 634 669 (outside Canberra)
Youth Law Australia
Youth Law Australia is a community legal service that provides free and confidential legal advice, assistance and referrals to anyone 25 or under.
(02) 9385 9588
Youth Law Centre ACT
Youth Law Centre is Canberra’s free legal service dedicated to young people aged 12-25.
(02) 6173 5410
Contact the Legal Advice Bureau
T: (02) 6274 0300 to make an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation.
Duty lawyer services
Free legal assistance available at certain courts:
Legal Aid duty lawyer service
The duty lawyer service is free and can be accessed by everyone. To access the duty lawyer, ask court staff to direct you.
Justice Connect Self-Representation Service
For matters in the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court:
Contact Justice Connect
Justice Connect can provide task-orientated assistance in preparation for court such as assistance in preparing documents. Appointments must be pre-booked through their website.
T: 1800 727 550
Court-appointed legal assistance
For matters in the Federal Court of Australia:
Federal Court of Australia
Contact the ACT Pro Bono Clearing House
T: (02) 6274 0300
Contact the Law Society of ACT
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