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If you are unsafe, you should prioritise your safety before applying for legal help.
Once you are safe, you can continue this application.
Call emergency services on 000 if you are threatened or unsafe
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If you know which Justice Connect service you are looking for, you can apply directly through the links below. Each service has its own selection criteria. Our lawyers will review your problem and let you know if they can help.
VIC Self Representation Service
Federal Self Representation Service
Domestic Building Legal Service
Homeless Law Service
Seniors Law Service
We give free legal help in some situations. To be eligible, your problem needs to be something that we can help with. For many of our programs you will need to meet other eligibility criteria, like your income, for example.
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You can then complete full applications for assistance with the services in this tool. You control how much information you provide. You do not need to provide your identifying information until the last step of this process, when you can decide if you would like to submit a formal application.
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Due to COVID19-related staff shortages, we may take up to 5 business days to review and respond to your application for legal assistance. We thank you for your patience during this time.
If you are looking for urgent assistance, please contact your local legal aid.
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You can give them this link: justiceconnect.org.au/help
We have special referral processes for professionals who are seeking help on behalf of someone they are working with (such as case workers, social workers, community legal centre lawyers and health professionals).
We know that finding assistance can be difficult. For guidance on legal services for other small business problems, please see the "Where can I look for help?" section.
Are you a Not-for-profit?
Justice Connect can provide legal assistance to small businesses if they are part of a charity or community organisation that operates for the benefit of the community (if this sounds like you, please see Justice Connect's Not-for-profit Law service).
Have you been affected by a natural disaster?
Justice Connect may be able to assist with small
business problems where your small business (including farms) has been affected
by a natural disaster.
You can apply for assistance for your small business
Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law program provides free and affordable legal support to Australian charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.
The Not-for-profit Law program:
– gives legal advice to eligible organisations that help marginalised or disadvantaged members and can’t afford or have difficulty in accessing legal help
– has hundreds of freely available online resources, including fact sheets, guides and self-help tools, to help at all stages of an organisation’s lifecycle, from getting started all the way to ending an organisation, and
– delivers low-cost, easy to understand webinars and customised legal training to help organisations make sense of the law.
To find out more about Not-for-profit Law go to the Not-for-profit Law website.
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