If you are an individual looking for legal help
The Human Rights Law Centre does not provide legal help to members of the public directly.
We only take on a small number of cases each year and they are developed in partnership with other organisations in accordance with our strategic priorities.
If you are an individual who needs legal help, you should contact the legal aid commission in your state or territory or speak to your local community legal centre.
Legal aid commissions and community centres provide free legal services. You can find links to each state and territory legal aid commission here. You can find out more about community legal centres and find your local centre here.
For people in NSW, Law Access is a good starting point to find legal help.
For people in Victoria, Victoria Legal Aid is a good starting point to find legal help.
If you are not eligible for help from a legal aid commission or a community legal centre, you can ask them about trying to get free legal help from a pro bono lawyer, or a private lawyer.
To find a private lawyer that specialises in the area of law that your problem relates to, you can speak to the Law Society or Law Institute in your State or Territory. Some lawyers offer free 30 minute consultations and different ways of paying fees like no win no fee arrangements .
Expungement Legal Service
We do provide free and confidential legal help for individuals who want to apply to have a historical homosexual criminal conviction expunged (erased). Our Expungement Legal Service is staffed by LGBTIQ identifying lawyers and includes a volunteer lawyer with personal experience of the climate and police attitudes before the old laws were repealed.
Contact the Expungement Legal Service
Phone: (03) 8636 4458
If you call outside office hours, please leave a message letting us know if we can leave you a message and your preferred method of contact.
Organisations looking for human rights law help
If you are a legal assistance organisation seeking specialist human rights advice (known as secondary consultation support) on an issue affecting your client, or wanting to know if we can take on a particular case or issue, please contact us via the general enquiry options below.
If you are a community or other organisation seeking specialist human rights advice or wanting to know if we can take on a particular case or issue, please contact us via the general enquiry options below.
Please direct general enquiries to:
Phone: (03) 8636 4450
Fax: (03) 8636 4455
Melbourne Office Sydney Office
Human Rights Law Centre Human Rights Law Centre
Level 17, 461 Bourke Street Level 5, 175 Liverpool Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Sydney NSW 2000
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