Community legal centres

Community legal centres provide free legal advice and referrals. Some centres also have solicitors who handle cases.

Ring during office hours to make an appointment or to ask about drop-in times, as many legal services also provide a night service where an appointment may not be needed.

Note that most legal centres do not give legal advice over the phone. Callers are referred to Victoria Legal Aid’s Legal Help phone line (tel: 1300 792 387).

Information about community legal centres is also available from:

Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria

Level 3, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9652 1500

Email: administration@fclc.org.au

Web: www.fclc.org.au


NOTE

All telephone numbers are in the (03) area unless otherwise indicated.


Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria see Djirra

AED Legal Centre

Suite 4, Level 9, 276 Flinders Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9639 4333

Email: noni.lord@aed.org.au

Web: www.aed.org.au

AED provides assistance for people with a disability who have employment and education-related legal problems.

Albury see Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

The Animal Law Institute

Email: info@ali.org.au

Web: www.ali.org.au

The Animal Law Institute is a national community legal centre that is dedicated to protecting animals and advocating for their interests through the legal system.

Ararat see Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service

Ascot Vale see Moonee Valley Legal Service

Ashburton see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
ASRC – Footscray office

214–218 Nicholson Street, Footscray Vic 3011

Tel: 9326 6066

Email: admin@asrc.org.au

Web: www.asrc.org.au

At the ASRC, lawyers provide free, expert immigration and legal representation to people seeking asylum. The ASRC’s lawyers can help people at all stages of the refugee determination process.

ASRC – Dandenong office

179 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Vic 3175

Tel: 8772 1380

Email: dandenong@asrc.org.au

Web: www.asrc.org.au

Avondale Heights see Moonee Valley Legal Service

Bairnsdale see Gippsland Community Legal Service (GCLS) – Bairnsdale office

Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service

5 Chancery Lane, Ballarat Vic 3350

Tel: 5331 5999; 1800 466 488

Email: reception@bgcls.org.au

Web: www.bgcls.org.au

Outreach: Ararat, Horsham and Stawell

Barwon Community Legal Service

Level 1, 63 Thomson Street, Belmont Vic 3216

Tel: 1300 430 599

Email: bcls@barwoncls.org.au

Web: https://barwoncls.org

Outreach: Colac, Corio and Norlane

Bendigo see Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre

Bentleigh see Peninsula Community Legal Centre

Boronia see Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC)

Box Hill see Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) – Box Hill office

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (BMCLC)
BMCLC – Melton office

Melton Library and Learning Hub,

Level 1, 31–35 McKenzie Street, Melton Vic 3337

Tel: 9747 5240

Web: https://www.comm-unityplus.org.au/legal-services/community-legal-centre

BMCLC – St Albans office

Suite 2–4, 30–32 East Esplanade, St Albans Vic 3021

Tel: 8312 2020

Web: https://www.comm-unityplus.org.au/legal-services/ community-legal-centre

Broadmeadows see Northern Community Legal Centre

Bulleen see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Clayton see Monash Law Clinics – Clayton office

Coburg see Northern Community Legal Centre

Colac see Barwon Community Legal Service

Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC)

Level 6, 179 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel (admin): 9670 5088

Tel (legal advice line): 9629 6300; 1800 466 477 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1 pm)

Tel (workers legal advice line): 9602 3326 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm)

Web: https://consumeraction.org.au

CALC is a specialist community legal centre that provides free legal advice to Victorians with fair trading or consumer finance problems.

Corio see Barwon Community Legal Service

Craigieburn see Northern Community Legal Centre

Cranbourne see Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) – Cranbourne office

Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS)

Ross House,

Level 2, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9654 8644; 1300 882 872

Email: info@ddls.org.au

Web: www.ddls.org.au

The DDLS is a state-wide community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination matters.

Doreen see Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service

Djirra (formerly the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria)

Tel: 1800 105 303

Email: info@djirra.org.au

Web: https://djirra.org.au

Djirra – Melbourne office (head office)

292 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford Vic 3067

Tel: 9244 3333

Djirra’s Melbourne office services metropolitan Melbourne.

Djirra – Bairnsdale office

27 Pyke Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Tel: 5153 2322

Djirra’s Bairnsdale office services all of Gippsland.

Djirra – Bendigo office

52 Queen Street, Bendigo Vic 3550

Tel: 4435 0500

Djirra – Mildura office

151 Langtree Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500

Tel: 5021 3200

Djirra’s Mildura office services Mildura, Wentworth and Robinvale.

Djirra – Morwell office

246 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840

Tel: 5100 1700

Djirra – Warrnambool office

177 Koroit Street, Warrnambool Vic 3280

Tel: 5562 5755

Djirra’s Warrnambool office services Framlingham, Geelong, Hamilton, Heywood, Portland and Warrnambool.

Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC)
ECLC – Box Hill office (head office)

Suite 3, Town Hall Hub, 27 Bank Street, Box Hill Vic 3128

Tel: 9285 4822

Email: eclc@eclc.org.au

Web: www.eclc.org.au

Outreach: Ashburton, Bulleen, Hawthorn, Lilydale, Monbulk, Ringwood, Rowville and Yarra Junction

ECLC – Boronia office

Suite B, 6 Floriston Road, Boronia Vic 3155

Tel: 9762 6235

Email: outereast@eclc.org.au

ECLC – Healesville office

Healesville Community Link,

110 River Street, Healesville Vic 3777

Tel: 5962 1665; 1300 797 088

Email: yarraranges@eclc.org.au

Environmental Justice Australia (EJA)

Level 3, the 60L Green Building,

60 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053

Tel: 8341 3100; 1300 336 842

Email: admin@envirojustice.org.au

Web: www.envirojustice.org.au

EJA is a not-for-profit legal practice that uses litigation and advocacy to protect nature.

Epping see Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service

First Step Legal

42 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Tel: 9537 3177

Web: www.firststep.org.au

Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS)
FLS – Fitzroy office

Fitzroy Town Hall, Level 4,

(Access via the laneway and courtyard behind the Fitzroy Library, 126 Moor Street, Fitzroy)

PO Box 297, Fitzroy Vic 3065

Tel: 9419 3744

Email: enquiries@fitzroy-legal.org.au

Web: www.fitzroy-legal.org.au

Free legal advice service (no appointment needed): Monday to Thursday from 6 pm; Friday from 6.30 pm – please arrive by 7 pm

Free specialist clinics (appointment only):
family law clinic: Tuesdays (for City of Yarra residents) and Thursdays from 6.30 pm; animal law clinic: Wednesdays from 6.30 pm; Richmond outreach (for City of Yarra residents): fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at the North Richmond Community Heatlh Centre

FLS – Reservoir office

279 Spring Street, Reservoir Vic 3073

Tel: 9484 7753

Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre

22 Bellair Street, Kensington Vic 3031

Tel: 9376 4355

Email: fklegal@fkclc.org.au

Web: www.flemkenlegal.org

Footscray see Westjustice – Footscray office

Frankston see Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) – Frankston office

Geelong see Barwon Community Legal Service

Gippsland Community Legal Service (GCLC)
GCLC – Morwell office

190 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840

Tel: 5135 9550; 1800 004 402

Email: gcls@anglicarevic.org.au

Web: www.gcls.org.au

GCLC – Bairnsdale office

347 Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Tel: 5135 9550; 1800 004 402

Email: gcls@anglicarevic.org.au

Web: www.gcls.org.au

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre

Suite 3, 98 Nixon Street, Shepparton Vic 3630

Tel: 5831 0900; 1800 310 900

Web: http://gvclc.org.au

Hawthorn see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Healesville see Eastern Community Legal Centre (ECLC) – Healesville office

Heidelberg see West Heidelberg Community Legal Service

HIV/Aids Legal Centre (HALC)

Positive Living Centre,

51 Commercial Road, South Yarra Vic 3141

Tel: 9863 0406

Email: legal@thorneharbour.org

Web: https://thorneharbour.org/hiv-aids/hiv-positive-services/hiv-aids-legal-centre-halc/

HALC provides free legal advice to people living with and affected by (i.e. partners, family members, close friends and carers) HIV in Victoria.

Horsham see Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service

Human Rights Law Centre

Level 17, 461 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 8636 4450

Email: admin@hrlc.org.au

Web: www.hrlc.org.au

Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

27–29 Stanley Street, Wodonga Vic 3690

Tel: (02) 6055 8090; 1800 918 377

Web: www.hrcls.org.au

Outreach (Victoria): Albury and Wangaratta

Inner Melbourne Community Legal

Suite 2, 508 Queensberry St, North Melbourne Vic 3051

Tel: 9328 1885

Web: https://imcl.org.au

JobWatch

21 Victoria Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9662 1933; 1800 331 617

Web: http://jobwatch.org.au

JobWatch is an employment rights legal centre.

Justice Connect

Level 17, 461 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 8636 4400

Web: www.justiceconnect.org.au

Justice Connect provides access to justice through pro bono legal work.

Kensington see Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre

Lilydale see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre

171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo Vic 3550

Tel: 5445 0909; 1800 450 909

Email: reception@lcclc.org.au

Web: http://lcclc.org.au

Melton see Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre – Melton office

Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC)

Building 152, 147 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053

Tel: 9629 4422; 1800 555 887

Legal advice: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6–8 pm

Email: mhlc@mhlc.org.au

Web: https://mhlc.org.au

The MHLC provides a free and confidential legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

Mildura see Murray Mallee Community Legal Service

Mill Park see Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service

Monash Law Clinics

Tel: 1800 860 333

Web: www.monashlawclinics.com.au

Monash Law Clinics – Clayton office

60 Beddoe Avenue, Clayton Vic 3168

Monash Law Clinics – Melbourne CBD office

Level 11, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Monbulk see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Moonee Valley Legal Service

13A Wingate Avenue, Ascot Vale Vic 3032

Tel: 9376 7929

Email: admin@mvls.org.au

Web: www.mvls.org.au

Outreach: Avondale Heights

Morwell see Gippsland Community Legal Service (GCLS) – Morwell office

Murray Mallee Community Legal Service

Haselgrove House, 122 Ninth Street, Mildura Vic 3500

Tel: 5023 5966; 1800 243 002

Email: mmcls@malleefamilycare.com.au

Web: www.murraymalleelegal.com.au

Outreach (Victoria): Robinvale and Swan Hill

Norlane see Barwon Community Legal Service

Northern Community Legal Centre

Level 3, Building 2, 1100 Pascoe Vale Road,

Broadmeadows Vic 3047

Tel: 9310 4376

Email: admin@northernclc.org.au

Web: www.northernclc.org.au

Outreach: Coburg, Craigieburn, Sunbury and Wallan

Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC)
PCLC – Frankston office (head office)

441 Nepean Highway, Frankston Vic 3199

Tel: 9783 3600; 1800 064 784

Email: pclc@pclc.org.au

Web: https://pclc.org.au

Outreach: Bentleigh

PCLC – Cranbourne office

Bella Centre, Suite 12, 33–39 High Street,

Cranbourne Vic 3977

Tel: 1800 064 784

PCLC – Rosebud office

1375 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud Vic 3939

Tel: 1800 064 784

Port Melbourne see SouthPort Community Legal Service

Refugee Legal

Level 6, 20 Otter Street, Collingwood Vic 3066

Tel (admin): 9413 0101

Tel (legal advice line): 9413 0100 (Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm)

Email: refugeelegal@refugeelegal.org.au

Web: https://refugeelegal.org.au

Refugee Legal provides free specialist legal assistance to people seeking asylum, to refugees and to disadvantaged migrants.

Ringwood see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Robinvale see Murray Mallee Community Legal Service

Rosebud see Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC) – Rosebud office

Rowville see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV)

Level 4, 533 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 1300 368 821

Email: info@seniorsrights.org.au

Web: https://seniorsrights.org.au

The SRV legal team offers legal advice on matters specifically related to ageing, such as elder abuse, exploitation and discrimination of older people.

Shepparton see Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre

Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV)

Tel: 9481 0355; 1800 094 164

Email: info@ssrv.org.au

Web: www.ssrv.org.au

SSRV is a community legal centre that specialises in social security (i.e. Centrelink) issues.

SouthPort Community Legal Service (SPCLS)

154 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne Vic 3207

Tel: 9646 6066

Email: principal@southportcls.com.au

Web: www.southportcls.com.au

Springvale Monash Legal Service

5 Osborne Avenue, Springvale Vic 3171

Tel: 9545 7400

Email: info@smls.com.au

Web: http://smls.org.au

St Albans see Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre – St Albans office

St Kilda Legal Service

St Kilda Community Centre,

161 Chapel Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Tel: 8598 6635

Email: info@skls.org.au

Web: www.skls.org.au

Stawell see Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service

Sunbury see Northern Community Legal Centre

Sunshine see Westjustice – Sunshine office

Swan Hill see Murray Mallee Community Legal Service

Tenants Victoria

Ground floor, 55 Johnston Street, Fitzroy Vic 3065

Tel (tenants advice line): 9416 2577 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm)

Tel (admin): 9411 1444

Email: admin@tuv.org.au

Web: www.tuv.org.au

Tenants Victoria helps tenants with their tenancy issues and assists individuals to use their tenancy rights.

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service seeA specialist community legal centre: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service

Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus,

Building IB, Level 3,

75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds Vic 3216

Tel (admin): 5227 3338

Tel (legal advice): 1800 014 111 (Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 3 pm)

Email: legal@villamanta.org.au

Web: www.villamanta.org.au

Villamanta is a specialist disability legal service, only available for people with legal issues related to their disability.

Wallan see Northern Community Legal Centre

Wangaratta see Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

Werribee see Westjustice – Werribee office

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service

21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg Vic 3081

Tel: 9450 2002

Web: https://bchs.org.au/services/legal-services

Westjustice: Western Community Legal Centre
Westjustice – Footscray office

Level 1, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray Vic 3011

Tel: 9749 7720

Email: admin@westjustice.org.au

Web: www.westjustice.org.au

Westjustice – Sunshine office

Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine Vic 3020

Tel: 9091 8237

Email: sunshine@westjustice.org.au

Westjustice – Werribee office

Level 1, 8 Watton Street, Werribee Vic 3030

Tel: 9749 7720

Email: admin@westjustice.org.au

Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service

Shop 111, Pacific Epping (Epping Plaza),

571–583 High Street, Epping Vic 3076

Tel: 9401 6655

Web: www.whittleseacommunityconnections.org.au/community-legal-services.html

Outreach: Doreen, Mill Park and Whittlesea

Wodonga see Hume Riverina Community Legal Service

Women’s Legal Service Victoria

Level 10, 277 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 8622 0600; 1800 133 302

Email: admin@womenslegal.org.au

Web: www.womenslegal.org.au

Yarra Junction see Eastern Community Legal Centre

Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre

Frontyard, 19 King Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9113 9500

Email: info@youthlaw.asn.au

Web: http://youthlaw.asn.au

Youthlaw provides free legal advice to people up to the age of 25.

A specialist community legal centre: Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) provides legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need help with a criminal, family or civil law matter.

Melbourne (head office)

273 High Street, Preston Vic 3072

Tel: 9418 5999; 1800 064 865

Email: vals@vals.org.au

Web: https://vals.org.au

Bairnsdale

Shop 13, Riviera Plaza, 80–88 Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Tel: 5153 0445

Mildura

71 Pine Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500

Tel: 5021 5122

Shepparton

98 Nixon Street, Shepparton Vic 3630

Tel: 5153 0449