People under 18 years of age have rights and responsibilities. Leaving home, employment, drinking, smoking, weapons, voting, making a will, tattoos and body piercings, passports and corporal punishment are regulated activities.

Young people’s rights and responsibilities: Contacts

Business Victoria
121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 13 22 15

Business Victoria issues Child Employment Permits.

Court Network
Head office: 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 8306 6966

The Court Network provides support, non-legal information and referral to those in contact with the justice system. In Victoria, the Court Network also has offices in Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Colac, Echuca, Geelong, Morwell, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga; check the website for address details.

Family Planning Victoria
Action Centre Clinic (for people under 25):
Level 1, 94 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9660 4700; 1800 013 952

Box Hill Clinic (for everyone):
901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill Vic 3128
Tel: 9257 0100; 1800 013 952
Family Planning Victoria provides sexual health care and education.

Fertility Control Clinic
Melbourne clinic:
118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne Vic 3002
Tel: 9419 2922

The Fertility Control Clinic is an abortion clinic. The clinic also provides contraception and the morning after pill, the assessment and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, counselling and Pap tests.

WIRE: Women’s Information
372 Spencer Street, Melbourne Vic 3003
Tel (admin): 8326 7100
Tel (support line): 1300 134 130

WIRE is a state-wide, confidential information and referral service for Victorian women.

Youthlaw, Young People’s Legal Rights Centre
147–155 Pelham Street, Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: 9113 9500

YLA provides free, confidential legal advice to young people under 25.

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