Legal Assistance

The Australian Government funds a range of legal assistance programs. The services listed may provide further information to individuals wishing to obtain legal advice or information.

Legal Aid

Legal aid commissions provide a wide range of services in criminal, family and civil law matters. Legal aid services provided by legal aid commissions include:

  • information and referral, including by telephone or at the reception counter of the commission
  • community legal education and publication
  • legal advice and minor assistance, including preparation of simple documents
  • duty lawyer services at courts and tribunals
  • family dispute resolution — where at least one of the parties to a family law dispute has received a grant of legal assistance, and
  • grants of legal assistance for legal representation before a court or tribunal.

Further information about the Legal Aid Program:

Community Legal Centres

Community Legal Centres are independent and community managed non-profit services which provide a range of assistance on legal and related matters to people on low incomes and those with special needs.

They are a key component of Australia’s legal aid system. They provide services which complement and extend the services provided by legal aid commissions and the private profession. Services may include information and referral, legal advice and ongoing legal assistance.

Further information about Community Legal Centres:

Indigenous Legal Assistance Programs

The Indigenous Legal Assistance Program funds organisations to deliver culturally appropriate legal assistance services necessary to ensure that Indigenous Australians receive the help needed to assist them to overcome their legal problems and fully exercise their legal rights.

For further information about the Indigenous Legal Assistance program:

Family Violence Prevention Legal Services

These services provide culturally sensitive assistance to Indigenous victim-survivors of family violence and sexual assault through the provision of legal assistance, court support, casework and counselling.

Further information about Family Violence Prevention Legal Services:

Family Law Courts National Enquiry Centre

The National Enquiry Centre (NEC) is the entry point for all telephone and email enquiries on Family Law matters (Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia).

Opening hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

(NOTE: The email service cannot be used to file any court documents.)

For individuals living in Western Australia, please contact the Family Court of Western Australia

The Law Society in your state or territory will be able to assist you to locate a private lawyer:


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