Our Services Brochure

Are legal problems getting on top of you?

Canberra Community Law provides free, independent and confidential legal services to people on low incomes or facing other disadvantage in the ACT.

We also provide assistance on Centrelink and Social Security issues to people living in South‑East NSW.

What services does Canberra Community Law provide?

Canberra Community Law provides free, independent and confidential legal advice and advocacy services.

We provide five legal services:

  • Housing Law
  • Social Security Law
  • Street Law
  • Disability Discrimination Law
  • Night Time Legal Advice Service

Housing Law

Housing Law can provide you with free legal advice if you are having problems with Housing ACT or a community housing provider in the ACT.

Some examples of problems we can help you with are:

  • Difficulties applying for housing
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Rent arrears
  • Housing transfers
  • Evictions
  • Housing debts

Housing Law can also help private tenants and occupants on low incomes.

Please ring the Housing Law advice line on (02) 6218 7977.

For more information about this service see our brochure ‘Need help with a Public Housing or Tenancy Problem?’

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Social Security Law

Social Security Law can help you with Centrelink and Social Security matters if you are living in the ACT or south‑east NSW.

Some examples of problems we can help you with are:

  • Appealing Centrelink decisions
  • Overpayment/Underpayments
  • Entitlements
  • Debt recovery
  • Payments cut off, reduced cancelled or suspended
  • Claims refused

For advice on a Centrelink or Housing problem please ring us on (02) 6218 7977 or free call 1800 445 665 from south‑east NSW.

For more information about this service see our brochure ‘Need help with a Centrelink or Social Security problem?’

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Street Law

Street Law assists people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness by providing legal help.

Street Law can provide assistance or referral in a number of areas of law, including:

  • Traffic matters
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment Law
  • Debts
  • Consumer issues
  • Victims of crime financial assistance scheme

This service is provided through outreach clinics in community venues.

Please ring Street Law on 1800 STRLAW (1800 787 529) or (02) 6218 7995 for advice or to make an appointment.

For more information about this service see our brochure ‘Street Law: Outreach Legal Service for People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness’.

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Disability Discrimination Law

Disability Discrimination Law can help you if you or someone you care for have been discriminated against because of a disability.

Please ring Disability Discrimination Law on (02) 6218 7918 or through the National Relay Service at www.relayservice.gov.au

For more information about this service see our brochure ‘Think you’ve been treated unfairly because of your disability?’

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Night Time Legal Advice Service (NTLAS)

NTLAS provides information, referral or one-off legal advice in most areas of law.

NTLAS does not provide advice in the areas that are covered by the day-time legal services. NTLAS also does not provide immigration and refugee legal advice.

NTLAS operates on Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8pm.

Please ring NTLAS on (02) 6218 7999 or visit us at 21 Barry Drive, Turner ACT 2612.

Doors open at 6pm and you must arrive or ring in by 7pm to be assisted on the night.

For more information about this service see our brochure ‘Do you need help with a legal problem?’

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Feedback Welcome!

Canberra Community Law welcomes your feedback. You can telephone the Co‑ordinator/Principal Solicitor on (02) 6218 7922 or by mail at PO Box 337, Civic Square ACT 2608.

Alternatively, you can write to the Chairperson care of our postal address marking your letter “Confidential”.

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We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we work and pay our respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.