If you're in debt and have legal questions, you may not be able to afford a private solicitor. So it's reassuring to know that community legal centres and Legal Aid agencies offer free legal advice across every state and territory in Australia.Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whatever your legal or financial situation. And be assured that if you seek legal advice, your details will be kept confidential.
While our free financial counsellors can't give you legal advice themselves, they can refer you to a legal service that can. Call one of our counsellors on 1800 007 007 and ask for a referral or get in touch directly with one of the free legal services below.
Visit National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) for details of community legal centres across Australia.
Or look up the ‘Community Advisory Services’ section of the Yellow Pages for a list of community legal centres in your area.
The following are a list of Legal Aid centres that offer free legal advice.
Legal Aid ACT 1300 654 314
Legal Aid New South Wales 1300 888 529 or 02 9219 5000
Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission 1800 019 343
Legal Aid Queensland 1300 651 188
Legal Services Commission of South Australia 1300 366 424
Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania 1300 366 611
Victoria Legal Aid 1800 677 402 or 03 9269 0120
Legal Aid Western Australia 1300 650 579
Get in touch with these services for free legal assistance and financial counseling.
Consumer Law Centre of the ACT 02 6257 1788
Financial Rights Legal Centre 1800 007 007
Redfern Legal Centre 02 9698 7277
Caxton Legal Centre 07 3214 6333
Consumer Credit Law Service 08 8342 1800
Consumer Action Law Centre 1300 881 020 or 03 9629 6300
Consumer Credit Legal Service WA 08 9221 7066
Insurance Law Service (run by Financial Rights Legal Centre) 1300 663 464