Information and Education

Information and Education is delivered in many different ways at Legal Aid ACT such as through brochures, factsheets and presentations delivered to the community. 

To find out more phone our Helpline on 1300 654 314 and they will connect you to our Community Education and Information Officer.

Community Legal Education (CLE)

Legal Aid ACT runs free information sessions to help you better understand your legal rights and how the legal system works. We cover a range of legal issues.

We deliver talks and information sessions tailored for schools and community groups. We also run information sessions specifically for workers within community organisations such and hospitals and aged-care facilities, so they can better assist clients identify and address legal problems. 

  • About Legal Aid
  • Cybersafety
  • Dealing with the police
  • Drinking and Drugs law
  • Elder abuse
  • Employment law
  • Family Violence Orders and Personal Protection Orders
  • Free legal services in the ACT
  • Going to court
  • Migration Law
  • Neighbourhood disputes
  • Separation, divorce and contact with children
  • Wills, powers of attorney, and guardianship orders
  • Young people and the law

Phone our Helpline on 1300 654 314 to talk about booking us in. 

Free Information Sessions

Legal Aid ACT hold free information sessions on a range of topics:

  • Family Law: Divorce
  • Family Law: Property
  • Family Law: Children
  • Driving under the influence and licensing problems
  • Neighbourhood Disputes (New)

Click here for the dates and times of these free information sessions.

Law for Non-Lawyers

Each semester we run a number of training sessions on a range topics aimed at workers in the community sector. For the latest session information click here.

Factsheets and Resources

If you need help in understanding legal words, please see our Legal Words dictionary. For a guide to the free or low-cost legal services in Canberra, see the Free Law Directory

If you would like to view the resources we have available in video format, visit our Video Channel.

We have a number of publications on a variety of legal problems, available online or you can phone us on the Helpline on 1300 654 314 and we will send them to you. 

All of our factsheets are intended to be used as a guide only and not as legal advice. Please contact the Legal Aid Helpline if you need legal advice. For information on the types of legal problems Legal Aid ACT can provide advice on, visit Legal Advice

The factsheets are presented in Portable Document Format, or PDF. If you are having trouble viewing them, please download a free copy of Adobe Reader by clicking the below image or call our Helpline on 1300 654 314 between 9.00am and 5.00pm weekdays and we will send to you.

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About Legal Aid ACT

For further information about Legal Aid ACT, return to the homepage of this website. 

Applying for a grant of legal aid?

If you need more than one-off legal advice, you will need to apply for a grant of legal assistance. Visit Applying for Legal Aid for information provided on our website. 

Please note that the Application for Legal Assistance form is not available online. The above factsheets are to help you better understand the process and to complete the application form on your own. If you need a copy of the application form, contact Legal Aid ACT. 

Are you separating or getting a divorced?

Family law is the area of law that deals with family matters such as divorce, property and children. The Family Advocacy Support Service can also provide legal and non-legal assistance if you or a family member have experienced, used or alleged to have used family violence in your relationship and need help with a family law, child protection or family violence order. 

Family Violence, Family Violence Orders and Personal Protection Orders

Legal Aid ACT provides a range of legal and non-legal support services for people experiencing or at risk of family violence. Family Violence Orders and Personal Protection Orders are made by the court to protect a person from future assaults, threats of violence, property damage, stalking acts and acts of indecency, harassment and offensive conduct by another person.

The Family Advocacy Support Service can provide legal and non-legal assistance if you or a family member have experienced, used or alleged to have used family violence in your relationship and need help with a family law, child protection or family violence order. 

Police, Crime and Court

If you have been charged with a crime phone our Helpline for a free appointment the lawyer will be able to give you some initial advice and talk to you about what will happen.

Resources for Older People

Legal Aid does not provide assistance in writing wills or administering a deceased estate. However we can give you advice and help you identify issues related to wills and the procedures for the administration of an estate. For specialist legal advice for older people, Legal Aid ACT now has the Older Persons ACT Legal Service

Resources for Younger People

The Youth Law Centre is the best place to get information if you are between the ages of 12 and 25. The number to contact the Youth law Centre is (02) 6173 5410. 

Work and Neighbourhood Problems

Legal Aid ACT operates an employment law clinic. The clinic runs each Friday. If you have been dismissed from work phone our Helpline on 1300 654 314 as soon as you can as short time frames can apply.

Cars and Driving

Other Legal Issues