Community legal centres

Last updated

1 November 2020

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
Email: administration@fclc.org.au
Web: www.fclc.org.au

Victorian community legal centres

AED Legal Centre
Level 9, 45 William Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9639 4333
Email: noni.lord@aed.org.au 
Web: www.aed.org.au
AED assists people with a disability who have employment and education-related legal problems.

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.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
ASRC – Footscray office (head 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

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

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

Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre (BMCLC)
BMCLC – St Albans office (head office)
Suites 2–4, 30–32 East Esplanade, St Albans Vic 3021
Tel: 8592 9077
Email: legal@comm-unityplus.org.au
Web: https://www.comm-unityplus.org.au/legal-services/community-legal-centre

BMCLC – Melton office
195–209 Barries Road, Melton West Vic 3337
Tel: 8592 9077
The BMCLC assists people who live, work or study in Brimbank, Melton or Bacchus Marsh.

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)
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.

Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS)
Ross House, Level 2, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Tel: 9654 8644; 1300 882 872 (rural callers)
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.

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, 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
Email: eclc@eclc.org.au
Web: www.eclc.org.au
Outreach: Ashburton, Bulleen and Hawthorn

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 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 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
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.

First Step Legal
42 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 9537 3177
Web: www.firststep.org.au
First Step is a not-for-profit mental health, addiction and legal services hub.

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)
Tel: 9419 3744
Email: enquiries@fls.org.au
Web: www.fls.org.au

FLS – Reservoir office (previously the Darebin Community Legal Centre)
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
Provides services to people who live, work or study in Flemington or Kensington.

Gippsland Community Legal Service (GCLS)
Tel: 5135 9550; 1800 004 402
Email: gcls@anglicarevic.org.au
Web: www.gcls.org.au
The GCLS assists people who live, work or study in Gippsland (including the Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Latrobe Valley and Wellington).

GCLS – Morwell office
190 Commercial Road, Morwell Vic 3840 

GCLS – Bairnsdale office
347 Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre (GVCLC)
Suite 1, 1 High Street, Shepparton Vic 3630
Tel: 5831 0900; 1800 310 900 (callers from outside Shepparton)
Web: http://gvclc.org.au
The GVCLC assists people who live in Benalla, Greater Shepparton, Mansfield, parts of the Mitchell Shire, Moira and Strathbogie.

HIV/Aids Legal Centre (HALC)
At the Positive Living Centre,
51 Commercial Road, South Yarra Vic 3141
Tel: 9863 0406
Email: legal@thorneharbour.org
Web: https://thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health/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.

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 (HRCLS)
27–29 Stanley Street, Wodonga Vic 3690
Tel: (02) 6055 8090; 1800 918 377
Web: www.hrcls.org.au
Outreach (Victoria): Wangaratta and Wodonga
HRCLS assists people who live in north-east Victoria.

InTouch Legal Centre (iTLC)
Tel: 9413 6500
Email: legal@intouch.org.au
Web: https://intouch.org.au/how-we-can-help/information-for-professionals/our-legal-centre/
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 3057
Tel: 9328 1885
Web: https://imcl.org.au

JobWatch
21 Victoria Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9662 1933 (metro Melbourne); 1800 331 617 (rural)
Email: jobwatch@jobwatch.org.au
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. Justice Connect has the following services: Homeless Law, Public Interest Law, Seniors Law, Domestic Building Legal Service, and Not-for-profit Law.

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
Assists people who live in central Victoria, including Bendigo, Loddon, Campaspe, Mt Alexander, Central Goldfields, and parts of the Macedon Ranges.

Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC)
Building 152, 147 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9629 4422; 1800 555 887
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.

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

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 and Niddrie

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

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 (generalist law): Broadmeadows, Brunswick, Coburg, Craigieburn, Sunbury and Wallan
Outreach (family violence matters): Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Fawkner and Glenroy
Outreach (for young people): Craigieburn, Broadmeadows and Glenroy
Outreach (for refugee matters and newly arrived): Dallas and Broadmeadows

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
65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne Vic 3977

PCLC – Rosebud office
1375 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud Vic 3939

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.

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.

Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV)
Level 4, Fitzroy Town Hall, Fitzroy Vic 3065
Tel (general advice line): 9481 0355; 0419 793 652; 1800 094 164 (rural callers)
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 (SMLS)
SMLS – Springvale office
5 Osborne Avenue, Springvale Vic 3171
Tel: 9545 7400
Email: info@smls.com.au
Web: www.smls.com.au

SMLS – Narre Warren office
Suite 1, Level 2, 64 Victor Crescent, Narre Warren Vic 3805
Tel: 9038 8002
Email: info_narrewarren@smls.com.au

St Kilda Legal Service
At the St Kilda Community Centre, 161 Chapel Street, St Kilda Vic 3182
Tel: 8598 6635
Email: info@skls.org.au
Web: www.skls.org.au

Tenants Victoria
Tel (tenant advice line): 1800 068 860 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 2 pm)
Tel (admin): 9411 1444
Email: admin@tenantsvic.org.au
Web: www.tenantsvic.org.au
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
Email: vals@vals.org.au
Web: www.vals.org.au
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: 0417 592 209

VALS – Ballarat office
403 Main Street, Ballarat Vic 335
Tel: 0400 118 392

VALS – Mildura office
Suite 1, 71 Pine Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500
Tel: 1800 064 865

VALS – Morwell office
20 George Street, Morwell Vic 3840
Tel: 1800 064 865

VALS – Shepparton office
Unit 2, 62 Maude Street, Shepparton Vic 3630
Tel: 0407 867 140

VALS – Swan Hill office
139A Campbell Street, Swan Hill Vic 3585
Tel: 0408 392 704

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 lime): 1800 014 111 (Monday to Friday, 1 pm to 3 pm)
Web: www.villamanta.org.au
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
Web: https://bchs.org.au/services/whclegal/

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
At the 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, 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

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
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
Email: info@youthlaw.asn.au
Web: https://youthlaw.asn.au
Youthlaw provides free legal advice to people up to the age of 25.

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