Legal Assistance and Support Services
Although Court staff are restricted in the type of assistance that they can provide to clients, a number of organisations within the ACT exist that may be able to help with the provision of legal advice. These organisations include the:
Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS)Canberra Office: (02) 6249 8488
ALS provides legal assistance for Indigenous persons facing criminal matters. The ALS can assist people front up at court when they have outstanding warrants or have breached their bail. The ALS also supports those attending the Galambany Circle Sentencing Court and provides advice and support to people leaving prison.
Freecall: 1800 765767
Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Level 3, CML Building, 17-21 University Ave, Canberra City
ACT Human Rights Commission
Level 2, 11 Moore Street
Canberra City ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6205 2222
ACT Law Society’s Legal Advice BureauTelephone: (02) 6274 0300
Free 15 minute legal consultations are provided by the ACT law Society by appointment only between 12:30 and 2:00 pm at their Civic office. Wednesdays are reserved for family law matters.
Level 4, 1 Farrell Place, Canberra City
ACT Pro Bono Clearing House
c/- ACT Law Society
GPO Box 1562, CANBERRA ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6247 5700
Facsimile: (02) 6247 3754
By application only to the Clearing House Administrator.
CARE Inc. - Financial Counselling Service and the Consumer Law Centre
Financial Counselling Service: 1800 007 007
Consumer Law Centre: (02) 6143 0044
Care Inc. is a community organisation set up to ensure low income consumers are treated fairly and have support to overcome debt.
Canberra Community Law including Street Law
General Enquiries: (02) 6218 7900
Formerly Welfare Rights and Legal Centre. Canberra Community Law provides legal services to people on low incomes or facing other disadvantage in Canberra and its region regarding social security matters, disability discrimination, public and community housing, homelessness and one-off legal advice in most areas of law.
Level 1, 21 Barry Drive, Turner|
Consumer Law Centre of the ACT
Shop 16, 1 st Floor, Waldorf Apartments
2 Akuna Street
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6257 1788
Environmental Defender's Office
ACT Telephone: (02) 6243 3460
The Environmental Defenders' Office (ACT) Inc. is an independent non-profit community legal centre specialising in public-interest environmental law.
2 Allsop Street, Canberra City
Legal Aid ACTTelephone: (02) 6243 3411
Legal Aid can help you with legal problems about criminal matters, family breakdown, child support, mental health, domestic violence, debt, housing and social security.
Free Helpline: 1300 654 314
2 Allsop Street Canberra 2601
Public Trustee for the ACT
221 London Circuit
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6207 9800
TURNER ACT 2616
Telephone: 1800 787 529
Telephone: (02) 6257 2931
Tenants’ Union ACT
Telephone: (02) 6247 2011
The Tenants Union assist tenants in private residential properties, community housing properties and residents in other forms of accommodation such as campus residences, boarding and lodging properties and caravan parks.
Level 1, 21 Barry Drive, Turner
VOCAL Victims of Crime Assistance League ACT Incorp
1 Iluka Street
NARRABUNDAH ACT 2604
Telephone: (02) 6295 9600
Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region
Telephone: (02) 6257 4499
The Women's Legal Centre provides legal assistance to women in the areas of family law, victims of crime, employment and discrimination.
Freecall from outside Canberra: 1800 634 669
Hours: 9.30am - 12.00 noon, Monday to Friday
Youth Law Centre ACT
Telephone: (02) 6173 5410
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.
2 Allsop Street, Canberra City
You may also be able to obtain information and assistance in relation to your financial options from the following financial counselling services:
Salvation Army Moneycare
4 Hawdon Place
DICKSON ACT 2602
Telephone: 02 6247 3635
Victim Support ACT
Telephone: 1800 8222 72 or (02) 6205 2056
Victim Support ACT provides support and information for persons who have been a victim of crime in the ACT.
Hours: 9:00 – 4:30pm Monday to Friday
Level 2, 11 Moore Street, Canberra City
Domestic Violence Crisis Service
Telephone: (02) 6280 0900
DVCS supports all people affected by domestic/family violence. This includes people who are subjected to violence and abuse and people who use violence and abuse.
Hours: 7 days / 24 hours service
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
Confidential counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently or in the past.
Telephone: (02) 6247 2525
Hours: 7am to 11pm Monday to Friday
Relationship Australia provides a range of counselling, mediation and education services.
Telephone: (02) 6122 7100 or 1300 364 277
15 Napier Close, Deakin, ACT, 2600
Telephone: (02) 6287 2226
Providing a range of support services to young men in Canberra.
Unit 27, 27 Mulley St Holder
Telephone: (02) 6230 6999
Formerly Canberra Mens Centre
Confidential conversations with experienced counsellors focused on men and their families.
Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra Centre
Prisoners Aid – Court Assistance and Referral Service
Telephone: (02) 6257 4866
Prisoners Aid provides a Court Assistance and Referral Service (CARS) at the ACT Magistrates' Court offering support and a referral service to people charged with offences in the ACT Courts, along with their families. Prisoners Aid does not provide legal advice.
ACT Magistrates Court, Knowles Pl, Canberra
Indigenous Support Services
Key Contact Numbers
* Galambany Circle Sentencing Court – Coordinator - (02) 6205 2762
* Restorative Justice – Aboriginal Guidance Partner - (02) 6207 3992
* ACT Corrective Services – Aboriginal Client Support Officer - (02) 6207 0888
* Bimberri Youth Justice Centre – Aboriginal Family Engagement Officer - (02) 6205 9051
* Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community bus service - (02) 6205 3555
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service
Telephone: (02) 6284 6222
Winnunga provides a wide range of health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT. Community transport to Winnunga is available by telephoning Winnunga.
Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah
Gugan Gulwan Youth Aboriginal Corporation
Telephone: (02) 6296 8900
Gugan Gulwan is an Aboriginal youth centre providing a wide range of youth and family support programs.
Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday
Gratton Court, Waniassa (located behind the PCYC in Erindale)