All telephone numbers are in the (03) area unless otherwise indicated.
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 1501
The Federation is the peak body for community legal centres in Victoria.
Community legal centres in Victoria
AED Legal Centre
Level 9, 45 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9639 4333
AED assists people with a disability who have employment and education-related legal problems.
The Animal Law Institute
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.
ARC Justice: Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre
171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo Vic 3550
Tel: 5445 0909; 1800 450 909
This CLC assists people who live in central Victoria, including Bendigo, Loddon, Campaspe, Mt Alexander, Central Goldfields, and parts of the Macedon Ranges.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
ASRC – Footscray office (head office)
214–218 Nicholson Street, Footscray Vic 3011
Tel: 9326 6066
ASRC – Dandenong office
179 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong Vic 3175
Tel: 8772 1380
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.
Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service
5 Chancery Lane, Ballarat Vic 3350
Tel: 5331 5999; 1800 466 488
Barwon Community Legal Service
Level 1, 63 Thomson Street, Belmont Vic 3216
Tel: 8312 2020
Outreach: Colac, Corio and Norlane
Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (BMCLC)
Suites 2–4, 30–32 East Esplanade, St Albans Vic 3021
Tel: 8592 9077
BMCLC assists people who live, work or study in Bacchus Marsh, Brimbank and Melton.
Consumer Action Law Centre (CALC)
Tel (legal advice line): 9629 6300; 1800 466 477 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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)
Tel (Koori help line): 1800 574 457 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am to 1 pm)
CALC is a specialist community legal centre that provides free legal advice to Victorians with fair trading or consumer finance problems.
Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS)
Ross House, Level 2, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Tel: 9654 8644; 1300 882 872 (rural callers)
The DDLS is a state-wide community legal centre that specialises in disability discrimination matters.
Djirra (formerly the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria)
Tel: 1800 105 303
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, Robinvale and Wentworth.
Djirra – Morwell office
246 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840
Tel: 5100 1700
Djirra’s Morwell office services the Latrobe Valley.
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: 1300 325 200
Outreach: Ashburton, Bulleen, Hawthorn and Ringwood Magistrates’ Court
The ECLC – Box Hill office assists people who live, work or study in Boroondara, Manningham or Whitehorse.
ECLC – Boronia office
Suite B, 6 Floriston Road, Boronia Vic 3155
Tel: 1300 325 200
Outreach: Ringwood Magistrates’ Court and Rowville
The ECLC – Boronia office assists people who live, work or study in Knox or Maroondah.
ECLC – Healesville office
At Healesville Community Link,
110 River Street, Healesville Vic 3777
Tel: 1300 325 200
Outreach: Lilydale, Monbulk, Ringwood Magistrates’ Court and Yarra Junction
The ECLC – Healesville office assists people who live, work or study in the Yarra Ranges.
Environmental Justice Australia (EJA)
Level 3, the 60L Green Building,
60 Leicester Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 8341 3100; 1300 336 842
EJA is a not-for-profit legal practice that uses litigation and advocacy to protect nature.
First Step Legal
42 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3198
Tel: 9537 3177
First Step is a not-for-profit mental health, addiction and legal services hub.
Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS)
FLS – Fitzroy office
Level 4, Fitzroy Town Hall
(Access via the laneway and courtyard behind the Fitzroy Library, 126 Moor Street, Fitzroy)
Tel: 9419 3744
FLS – Reservoir office (previously the Darebin Community Legal Centre)
279 Spring Street, Reservoir Vic 3073
Tel: 9419 3744
Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre
22 Bellair Street, Kensington Vic 3031
Tel: 9376 4355
Provides services to people who live, work or study in Flemington or Kensington.
Gippsland Community Legal Service (GCLS)
190 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840
Tel: 5135 9550; 1800 004 402
The GCLS assists people who live, work or study in Gippsland (including the Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe Valley and Wellington).
HIV/Aids Legal Centre (HALC)
At the Positive Living Centre,
51 Commercial Road, South Yarra Vic 3141
Tel: 9863 0406
HALC provides free legal advice to people living with and affected by (i.e. partners, family members, close friends and carers) HIV in Victoria.
Human Rights Law Centre
Level 17, 461 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 8636 4450
Hume Riverina Community Legal Service (HRCLS)
27–29 Stanley Street, Wodonga Vic 3690
Tel: (02) 6055 8090; 1800 918 377
InTouch Legal Centre (iTLC)
Tel: 9413 6500
iTLC provides legal advice and assistance to people receiving family violence case management support from the inTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence.
Inner Melbourne Community Legal
Suite 2, 508 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne Vic 3051
Tel: 9328 1885
Level 10, 21 Victoria Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9662 1933 (metro Melbourne); 1800 331 617 (rural)
JobWatch is an employment rights legal centre.
Level 17, 461 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 8636 4400
Justice Connect provides access to justice through pro bono legal work. Justice Connect has the following services: Homeless Law, Seniors Law, Domestic Building Legal Service, and Not-for-profit Law.
Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC)
Building 152, 147 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9629 4422; 1800 555 887
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.
Monash Law Clinics
Tel: 1800 860 333
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
Moonee Valley Legal Service
13A Wingate Avenue, Ascot Vale Vic 3032
Tel: 9376 7929
Outreach: Avondale Heights and Niddrie
Murray Mallee Community Legal Service
Haselgrove House, 122 Ninth Street, Mildura Vic 3500
Tel: 5023 5966; 1800 243 002
Outreach (Victoria): Robinvale and Swan Hill
Northern Community Legal Centre
Level 3, Building 2, 1100 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows Vic 3047
Tel: 9310 4376
Outreach (generalist law): Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Coburg, Craigieburn, Sunbury and Wallan
Outreach (family violence matters): Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Fawkner and Glenroy
Outreach (for young people): Broadmeadows, Craigieburn and Glenroy
Outreach (for refugee matters and newly arrived): Broadmeadows and Dallas
Peninsula Community Legal Centre (PCLC)
PCLC – Frankston office (head office)
441 Nepean Highway, Frankston Vic 3199
Tel: 9783 3600; 1800 064 784
PCLC – Cranbourne office
65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East Vic 3977
PCLC – Rosebud office
1375 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud Vic 3939
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)
Refugee Legal provides free specialist legal assistance to people seeking asylum, to refugees and to disadvantaged migrants.
Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV)
Level 2, Suite 2.5, 424 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Vic 3004
Tel: 1300 368 821
The SRV legal team offers legal advice on matters specifically related to ageing, such as elder abuse, exploitation and discrimination of older people.
Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV)
Level 4, Fitzroy Town Hall, Fitzroy Vic 3065
Tel (legal advice line): 9481 0355; 0419 793 652; 1800 094 164 (rural callers)
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
Springvale Monash Legal Service (SMLS)
SMLS – Springvale office
5 Osborne Avenue, Springvale Vic 3171
Tel: 9545 7400
SMLS – Narre Warren office
Suite 1, Level 2, 64 Victor Crescent, Narre Warren Vic 3805
Tel: 9038 8002
St Kilda Legal Service
At the St Kilda Community Centre, 161 Chapel Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 7037 3200
Tel (tenant advice line): 9416 2577 (Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm)
Tel (admin): 9411 1444
Tenants Victoria helps tenants with their tenancy issues and assists individuals to use their tenancy rights.
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)
VALS – Melbourne office (head office)
273 High Street, Preston Vic 3072
Tel: 1800 064 865
VALS provides legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who need help with a criminal, family or civil law matter.
VALS – Bairnsdale office
Shop 13, Riviera Place, 80–88 Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875
Tel: 9418 5999; 0417 592 209
VALS – Ballarat office
403 Main Street, Ballarat Vic 335
Tel: 9418 5999; 0400 118 392
VALS – Mildura office
81 Pine Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500
Tel: 9418 5999; 1800 064 865
VALS – Shepparton office
Unit 2, 262 Maude Street, Shepparton Vic 3630
Tel: 9418 5999; 0438 353 730
VALS – Swan Hill office
109 Campbell Street, Swan Hill Vic 3585
Tel: 0491 176 712; 1800 064 865
Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service
Deakin University Geelong, Waurn Ponds Campus, Building IB, Level 3,
75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds Vic 3216
Tel (admin): 5260 1845
Tel (legal advice lime): 1800 014 111 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm)
Villamanta is a specialist disability legal service, only available for people with legal issues related to their disability.
West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
21 Alamein Road, West Heidelberg Vic 3081
Tel: 9450 2002
Westjustice: Western Community Legal Centre
Westjustice – Footscray office
Level 1, 72 Buckley Street, Footscray Vic 3011
Tel: 9749 7720
Westjustice – Sunshine office
At the Visy Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Road, Sunshine Vic 3020
Tel: 9091 8237
Westjustice – Werribee office
Level 1, 8 Watton Street, Werribee Vic 3030
Tel: 9749 7720
Whittlesea Community Connections Legal Service
Shop 111, Epping Plaza, 571–583 High Street, Epping Vic 3076
Tel: 9401 6666
Provides services for people who live, work or study in the City of Whittlesea
Women’s Legal Service Victoria|
Level 10, 277 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 8622 0600; 1800 133 302
Provides free legal services to women in Victoria.
Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre
147–155 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9113 9500
Youthlaw provides free legal advice for people aged under 25 years.