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Resources and information about organisations that provide free and low-cost legal help.

Finding a private lawyer

The Law Institute of Victoria

Offers a free Find Your Lawyer referral service. Complete the referral form on their website and receive a letter referring you for a free 30 minute consultation with a lawyer. You can use this consultation to determine the nature of your legal issue, discuss available options and request an estimate of costs to proceed with the matter.

Visit the Law Institute of Victoria's website

Free and low-cost legal services

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid provides free legal information, education and advice for all Victorians, focusing on people with low incomes and those experiencing disadvantage. They can also provide advice and represent people based on their financial situation and other individual circumstances. Victoria Legal Aid have offices throughout Victoria, including in many courts, some hospitals, prisons and detention centres. 

Visit the Victoria Legal Aid website

Community Legal Centres

These are independent community organisations that provide free legal services to people who face economic and social disadvantage and cannot afford a private lawyer. Each community legal centre has different eligibility guidelines for who they can help, what legal issues they can help with and how much help they can provide. The Federation of Community Legal Centres is the peak body for Victoria’s Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal Legal Services. To find your nearest centre visit the Federation of Community Legal Centres website.

Visit the Community Legal Centres website

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

Provides legal aid services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Victoria. The service operates in Melbourne and regional locations. Contact VALS for information about the services offered and eligibility guidelines.

Visit the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service website

Djirra - legal service program

Djirra’s Aboriginal Family Violence Legal Service works with Aboriginal people who are experiencing, or have experienced, family violence.

Visit the Djirra website

Mortgage Stress Victoria

Provides free legal, financial counselling and social work support for any Victorian who has a mortgage and is in financial difficulty.

Visit Mortgage Stress Victoria

Disaster Legal Help Victoria

Support for Victorians affected by damaging weather events and recent bushfires, across regional and metropolitan communities. 

Contact Disaster Legal Help Victoria

Specialist legal help and support

Victims Legal Service

In partnership with Victoria Legal Aid, community legal centres and Aboriginal legal services, this specialist advice helpline is available for victims of crime seeking compensation through Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal, or from the offender. 

Visit the Victims Legal Service | Victoria 

Q+ Law

Providing LGBTIQ+ Victorians with in-person and remote legal advice and services from trained legal professionals. Q+ Law is operated through the Victorian Pride Centre. 

For more information and resources visit Q+ Law

Justice Connect

Formerly named the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH), this organisation helps individuals access free legal help in some circumstances. For example, Justice Connect has services for people experiencing homelessness, self-represented litigants in the Federal Court, and charities and not-for-profits.

The Supreme Court is working with Justice Connect on a pilot for delivery of unbundled legal support for people seeking to bring a proceeding in the Judicial Review and Appeals list, without legal representation. If you would like to know more about the pilot, and whether you might qualify for legal assistance, please contact Justice connect on 1800 727 550 or via their website help.justiceconnect.org.au/vicsrs/ to apply.

Visit the Justice Connect website

Support when attending Court

Attending court can be a daunting experience for anyone who is unfamiliar with how the legal system works, including victims of crime, people accused of crime, witnesses and families.

For details about what services are available to you, visit our Support Services page.