Easy English Booklet – Getting Legal Help
Legal Aid Queensland have an Easy English booklet to help people understand how to, step by step, get help for their legal issues.
Phone: 1300 65 11 88
Legal Services in Queensland
(This list is in alphabetical order and is not exhaustive)
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal Services NQ
ATSIWLSNQ provides legal advice, casework including court representation, community legal education and outreach clinics and CLE workshops for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Townsville and in rural and remote areas of North Queensland.
Freecall: 1800 082 600
Phone: 07 4721 6007
Address: Level 3, 42 Sturt Street, Townsville, Qld.
Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Qld
Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland, also known as AFLSSQ, is an Indigenous Corporation that provides legal and other support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Southern Queensland.
Phone: (07) 4622 3677
Address: 93 Arthur st, Roma, Qld.
Basic Rights Queensland Inc
Basic Rights Queensland (formerly “Welfare Rights Centre”) is a state-wide specialist community legal centre, providing free advice, advocacy and legal services to people having problems with social security or disability discrimination.
Freecall: 07 3847 5532
Address: PO Box 496, Brisbane, Qld 4001
Bayside Community Legal Service Inc
This service provides free general legal advice and a referral service. The target group is the general population, with an emphasis on low income groups. No means test is applied. The service receives only minimal funding and operates with volunteer assistance.
Phone: (07) 3162 3282
Online form: https://bcls.org.au/contact-us/
Address: 105 Florence Street, Wynnum, Qld.
Brain Injury Australia
BIA is the central clearinghouse of information and gateway to nationwide referral for optimising the social and economic participation of all Australians living with Brain Injury. If your are an Australian Resident with a brain injury and legal problems, Brain Injury Australia may be able to help, by arranging free legal assistance.
Freecall: 1800 272 461
Address: Suite 5, Hodson Building, Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney, 241 Morrison rd, Puttney, NSW.
Cairns Community Legal Centre
The Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc. provides free legal services for members of the community experiencing disadvantage across a range of areas of law including family law, domestic violence, peace and good behaviour orders, elder law, motor vehicle damage, debt recovery, consumer complaints, bankruptcy, employment law, discrimination work, neighbourhood disputes, criminal law, traffic matters and other miscellaneous matters.
Freecall: 1800 062 608
Address: 2nd Floor, Main Street Arcade, 82 Grafton st, Cairns, Qld.
Caxton Legal Centre Inc (South Brisbane)
In operation for over 30 years, Caxton Legal Centre offers free legal advice and social work services, publishes self-help kits and handbooks, and undertakes community legal education and law reform activities.
The Centre also offers specialist programs in a range of areas including family law, a seniors’ legal service and consumer law.
Phone: (07) 3214 6333
Address: 1 Manning Street, South Brisbane, Qld.
Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc
The Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc. is an independant, non-profit organisation funded by grants made to it by the State and Federal Government and donations from the general public. The Centre’s vision is to provide access to legal services for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in regional, rural and remote communities.
Phone: (07) 4922 1200
Address: 240 Quay Street, Rockhampton, Qld.
Disability Law Queensland (DLQ)
A non-profit law firm that assists people with disability and thier families to plan for the future, assert thier rights and access justice. All profits support the work of the Mamre Association.
Phone: 07 3622 1250
Address: 40 Finsbury st, Newmarket, Qld 4051.
Environment Defenders Office Qld Inc
Environmental Defenders Office Qld (EDO Qld) is an independent community legal centre, empowering the community to use the law to protect the environment.
Phone: (07) 3211 4466
Address: 8/205 Montague rd, West End, Qld.
Environment Defenders Office North Qld
Situated strategically right in the centre of the fabulous Great Barrier Reef, the Environmental Defenders Office of Northern Queensland is a non-profit, non-government community legal centre specializing in public interest environmental law. We provide free environmental law advice and advocacy to members of the public about public interest environmental law issues.
Phone: (07) 4028 3739
Address: Room 3, Serbian Cultural & Infomration Centre, 67 Greenslopes Street, Cairns, Qld.
Gold Coast Community Legal Centre & Advice Bureau Inc
The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre & Advice Bureau Inc. [formerly Citizens Advice Bureau and Gold Coast Legal Service & Highway Legal Service) is a generalist community legal centre operating in Southport and servicing the whole of the Gold Coast region from Beenleigh to Tweed Heads.
The Centre is able to provide assistance to clients in most areas of the law, including family law, consumer law and neighbourhood disputes.
Phone: (07) 5532 9611
Address: 34 Railway street, Southport, Qld.
Goondiwindi Community Legal Service
The Goondiwindi Community Legal Service provides daily legal advice sessions and a monthly legal advice session from the Rural Women’s Outreach Solicitor.
Phone: (07) 4670 0700
Address: 111 Callandoon Street, Goondawindi, Qld.
Junkuri Laka Community Legal Centre Aboriginal
Junkuri Laka is an organisation owned by the people of the Wellesley Islands. Our work is in the areas of law, justice and governance, where we are involved in many activities. Our work goes from standing up for our people in court to organising community service projects; from assisting native title corporations to mediating conflicts in the community; from talking with the government about alcohol regulations to publishing a newsletter. All our work is aimed at making things right. Whether that is between people, between our people and the government or between individuals and the criminal justice system, or even about making things better for our people by maaking our community stronger and more independent.
Phone: (07) 4745 7278
Address: 2 Lardil Street, Gununa Mornington Island, Qld.
LawRight (formerly, the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House Inc.) is a legal referral & service organisation.
They refer civil law public interest cases that meet our guidelines to member firms & barristers for free legal assistance & we manage the Queensland Law Society & Bar Association Pro Bono Schemes.
As well as providing direct civil law services through legal staff and volunteers in particular areas such as homelessness, refugees, self-representation, administrative law & mental health law.
Phone: (07) 3846 6317
Address: Services all of Qld statewide.
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Legal Service Inc
The LGBTI Legal Service Inc. is a community-based legal service providing free legal advice, assistance and referral to the LGBTI communities. The LGBTI Legal Service operates from space generously supplied by QAHC. The Service is non-profit and unfunded, staffed entirely by volunteers.
For people who live in rural, regional or remote Queensland areas a phone appointment may be organised for the next evening session.
Address: Level 2, 725 Ann Street, Fortitiude Valley, Qld.
Legal Aid Queensland
Legal Aid Queensland support people who are financailly disadvantaged. They can help if you:
- are experiencing domestic and family violence
- have a child protection matter
- are or might be separating (parenting arrangements, child support, separation, divorce)
- have been charged with an offence
- have questions about consumer and debt matters (consumer rip-offs, debt, loan payments, house repossession)
- are making an anti-discrimination claim (race, age, gender, sexuality etc).
To get legal help Phone: 1300 65 11 88
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time—for the cost of a local call (from a landline in Australia), except for public holidays.
Phone: 1300 65 11 88
Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre
The Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc. (MRCLC) is an independent non-profit organisation funded by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General to provide a generalist legal service. Funding is also received from the Commonwealth Government as part of the Family Relationship Centre partnership.
The service is administered by a volunteer Management Committee.
Phone: (07) 4953 1211
Address: Suite 9, The Dome, 134 Victoria Street, Mackay Qld 4740
Moreton Bay Regional Community Legal Service Inc
We are a small, not-for-profit community organisation with a dedicated team of volunteer solicitors and support staff.
Phone: (07) 5495 5916
Address: Face to face locations at Redcliffe, Woodford, Caboolture, Deception Bay and Bribie island. (Go to website for times and locations).
North Queensland Women’s Legal Service
NQWLS Cairns is a community based legal service developed and operated by women for women residing in North Queensland.
The service offers assistance in areas of law which primarily affect women including family law, domestic violence and child protection.
Outreach services are provided in many of the communities outside both Townsville and Cairns.
Phone: (07) 4772 5400
Addresses: Ground Floor, 42 Sturt Street, Townsville, Qld.
Suite 4, Level 1, 88 Abbott Street, Cairns, Qld.
Nundah Community Legal Service
The NCSGI believes that our community, clients and their families are the focus of our service delivery, programs and practice. We value strong relationships, engagement and dialogue between this service, our broader community and our clients to determine our direction and service delivery.
Phone: (07) 3260 6820
Address: 14 Station Street, Nundah, Qld.
Pine Rivers Community Legal Service
The legal service has limited resources which may restrict the services that can be provided. There are some areas of the law that we are unable to cover and in these instances referrals will be made where possible.
Freecall: (07) 3881 3500
Address: 4A/481 Gympie Rd, Strathpine, Qld 4500
Prisoners Legal Service Inc
PLS is a free service to prisoners providing assistance with respect to:-
- Parole applications including refusals and breaches of parole;
- Prison matters including security classifications and review of QCS decisions; and
- Financial counselling.
Freecall: (07) 3846 5074
Phone Advice Times:
PLS operates a volunteer-run telephone advice line for community members on Mondays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.
Family and friends of prisoners seeking information about prison law matters can call this advice line on 3846 5290. Please note this number will only be answered on Mondays between 6:30pm and 7:30pm
PLS operates a free telephone advice line from prison.
The telephone advice line in prison operates on the following days:
THURSDAYS: 9-11am and 12-2pm
LOTUS GLEN, TOWNSVILLE AND CAPRICORNIA PRISONS
TUESDAYS: 9-11am and 12-2pm
ALL OTHER PRISONS
Prisoners can call PLS using the Arunta Prisoner Telephone System (PTS) by:
1. entering their Inmate ID number
2. entering their four digit PIN
3. entering *#05
Prisoners who have difficulties contacting us through the PTS can also try:
speaking to the correctional officer in their unit
speaking to the correctional centre counsellor (if they need special help and you think the counsellor should call on their behalf).
writing to PLS at the address listed above.
Address: West End, Qld.
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (South Brisbane)
Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is an independent, community based systems advocacy organisation for People with Disability.
QAI’s mission is to promote, protect and defend, through advocacy, the fundamental needs and rights and lives of the most vulnerable People With disability in Queensland.
They also conduct Mental Health Legal Practice
QAI does this by engaging in systems advocacy work, through campaigns directed to attitudinal, law and policy change, and by supporting the development of a range of advocacy initiatives.
Freecall: 1300 130 582 (within Queensland)
Address: Level 2, South Central, 43 Peel Street, South Brisbane, Qld.
Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service
We deliver culturally appropriate free legal service, welfare and support, advocacy and community education relating to:
- Legal / Court Representation
- Domestic and Family Violence
- Family Law
- Child Protection
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Victim Support
- Legal Reform Advocacy
Freecall: (07) 4045 7500
Refugee and Immigration Legal Service Inc
RAILS is an independent not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in refugee and immigration law. It provides free legal advice and assistance to disadvantaged people. RAILS provides legal help to people who have cases before the Department of Immigration, Migration Review Tribunal, Refugee Review Tribunal and sometimes take cases of public interest to the courts. However, RAILS has a small staff and cannot take on all cases. Our minimal resources do not allow us to take on many genuine cases in need.
Freecall: (07) 3846 9300
Robina Community Legal Centre Inc
Robina Community Legal Centre provides free legal advice in the following practice areas: family and domestic violence; consumer and debt; employment; tenancy; minor crime and traffic offences; micro business; and immigration law.
RCLC is one of two Gold Coast Community Legal Centres Queensland members, a registered charity and independent initiative of the Gold Coast District Law Association Inc.
Phone: 0423 466 286
Seniors Legal and Support Service
The Seniors Legal & Support Service services the Fraser Coast region providing assistance to seniors experiencing abuse or exploitation. The service aims to prevent elder abuse through education and advocacy. Seniors Legal and Support Service is managed by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.
Phone: (07) 3214 6333 Lines are open Monday – Friday 9.00am to 4.30om
Address: Brisbane, Cairns, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba.
South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre (Inala)
The South West Brisbane CLC offers basic assistance & advice in a range of legal matters including: Family Law; Minor Civil; Motor vehicle accidents (property damage only); Wills & Enduring Powers of Attorney; Child Protection issues & Youth Criminal (including representation for under 18’s).
The Centre is staffed on a full time basis. Services include legal advice, referral & community legal education.
Limited telephone advice is available, although an appointment is needed.
Phone: (07) 3372 7677
Suncoast Community Legal Service (Maroochydore)
The Suncoast Community Legal Service provides general legal assistance in the form of face to face consultations, information, referrals, and assistance in filling out forms.
Phone: (07) 5443 7827
The Advocacy and Support Centre (TASC) provides general face-to-face and telephone legal advice and assistance.
General Phone: 1300 008 272
Address and Local Contact Number:
223 Hume Street, Toowoomba, Qld. Phone: (07) 4616 9700
60 South Street, Ipswich, Qld. Phone: (07) 3812 7000
69 Guy Street, Warwick, Qld. Phone: (07) 4616 9700
96 Arthur Street, Roma, Qld. Phone: (07) 4523 6600
Taylor Street Community Legal Service
The Taylor Street Community Legal Service provides general legal advice and outreach services across the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg, Gympie and North Burnett regions.
Website: Click Here
Phone: (07) 4194 3000
Address: 22 Charles Street, Pialba, Qld.
Tenants Queensland Inc
Tenants Queensland (formerly Tenants’ Union of Queensland) was established in 1986 and seeks to represent the concerns of all Queensland tenants who live in rental accommodation, including caravan park and boarding house residents.
Phone: (07) 3832 9403
Address: (Statewide support) Level 1, 87 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, Qld.
Townsville Community Legal Service
The Townsville Community Legal Service provides information and referral, legal advice, casework (within guidelines), outreach services, and community legal education.
Phone: (07) 4721 5511
Address: 2/181 Sturt Street, Townsville, Qld.
Women’s Legal Service (Annerley)
The Women’s Legal Service is run by women for women.
Assistance is provided by lawyers and social workers during the day and several evenings each week.
The service is interested in all areas of law which impact upon women, but has extensive involvement in family law and domestic violence issues.
The service is actively involved in community education and law reform campaigns designed to improve the treatment of women by the legal system.
Phone: (07) 3392 0644
Address: 8 Ponsoby Street, Annerley, Qld.
YFS is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of services to the people of Logan and surrounds.
We cater to people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. YFS also champions social enterprise, with four of varying size and purpose.
Phone: (07) 3826 1500
Address: 376 Kingston Road, Slack Creek, Qld.
Youth Advocacy Centre Inc.
YAC offers free legal services, youth support and family support assistance and services to young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region. We provide more limited support to those under 10 and over 18 years of age; and to young people outside of Brisbane via telephone, website and publications.
Phone: (07) 3356 1002
Address: Unit 4/162 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace, Qld
For more information about legal services available to you visit: www.communitylegalqld.org.au