Community Legal Centres

Legal Aid ACT

Legal Aid ACT helps people in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. They can help in criminal law, family law and some civil law matters.

  • Legal Aid Helpline — Help with legal problems is available through the Legal Aid Helpline on 1300 654 314 from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Domestic Violence and Personal Protection Order Unit — Telephone (02) 6207 1874 for information and appointments.
Canberra Community Law

Canberra Community Law is dedicated to providing free legal advice and representation to individuals and community groups on; tenancy, public housing, social security and disability discrimination law.

  • Night Time Legal Advice Service (NTLAS) provides information, referral or one-off legal advice in most areas of law. NTLAS runs each Tuesday evening from 6pm to 8pm (except December and January) each year.
Women's Legal Centre (ACT & Region)

The Women’s Legal Centre is run by women and aims to improve women’s access to justice. The Centre advises on a wide range of legal problems, including divorce and separation, disputes over children, child support, and domestic violence.

  • The Centre offers free, confidential telephone advice Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.00 noon. Call (02) 6257 4499.
Youth Law Centre (ACT)

Youth Law Centre assists young people between 12-25 years of age in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged.

  • The Centre offers free legal help Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Call (02) 7173 5410.
Tenants' Union ACT

The Tenants’ Union promotes the rights and interests of people renting their homes in the ACT. Although called the Tenants' Union, they help all renters, which means both tenants and occupants.

  • Tenants' Advice Service provides free, confidential legal advice to tenants and occupants about renting in Canberra. Phone (02) 6247 2011 between 10am and 11:30am to leave a voice message.
Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) ALS is an Aboriginal community organisation giving information and referral, and legal advice and court representation, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children across NSW and ACT.
Aboriginal Justice Centre ACT The AJC is a community controlled organisation committed to securing justice and improved access to support for ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The primary objective of the AJC is to reduce the Indigenous incarceration rates in the ACT.
Consumer Law Centre of the ACT The Consumer Law Centre of the ACT is a free, independent, community legal centre funded by the ACT Government. It provides legal assistance and advice to low to moderate income consumers, primarily in the areas of consumer credit, telecommunications and utilities, fair trading and consumer protection.
Environmental Defender's Office of the ACT The Environmental Defender’s Office advises on environmental and planning law and aim to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies. They offer a free telephone advice service on environmental law questions.
Small Business Legal Advice Clinic If you are a small business operator with a legal problem or query concerning your business, the Small Business Legal Advice Clinic can help out with a 30 minute consultation. The Clinic is operated by the University of Canberra, in conjunction with Legal Aid ACT. Students from the University's School of Law & Justice assist qualified legal practitioners from the Canberra profession in providing initial advice during the consultation.
ACT Legal Assistance Forum (ACTLAF) ACTLAF was established to improve coordination between legal assistance services in the ACT and to encourage collaborative service delivery. It comprises representatives of all legal assistance providers in the ACT.
Disability Discrimination Legal Service The Disability Discrimination Legal Service is a statewide independent community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination legal matters. They provide free legal services in several areas including information, referral, advice, casework assistance, community legal education, and policy and law reform.
National Association of Community Legal Centres Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independently operating not-for-profit community organisations that provide legal and related services to the public, focusing on the disadvantaged and people with special needs.