Publications

Legal Aid ACT have a number of publications available online or from any of our offices.

The below files 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 1800 654 314 between 8:30am and 5pm weekdays to arrange a physical copy.

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Adult children at home (pdf, 1.44 MB) - When adult children look to return to their parents' home, the request may be sudden and unexpected. On the other hand, sometimes your children have difficulty moving out, whether due to financial or social pressures. Having an adult child (and possibly their children too) sharing your house is not always easy and their behaviour may make things worse.

Are you a grandparent who is raising a grandchild? (pdf, 411.25 KB) - Are you a grandparent who is raising a grandchild? Do you look after a grandchild for long periods of time? Are you thinking about doing this? If so, this fact sheet has been written for you.

Are you applying for a Grant of Assistance (pdf, 422.46 KB) - A factsheet explaining how to apply for financial assistance for legal representation, including answering why you may need to apply for a grant of assistance and eligibility requirements. 

Are you getting divorced? (pdf, 570.6 KB) - Information about applying for a divorce in the ACT.

Are you separated? Are you in the process of a property settlement? (pdf, 505.51 KB) - This factsheet provides basic information on property settlement after separation. 

Are you separated? Do you need to make parenting arrangements? (pdf, 428.15 KB) - This factsheet provides basic information on making parenting arrangements for children after you have separated.  

Community Liaison Unit (pdf, 333.43 KB) - Information about Legal Aid ACT's Community Liaison Unit, including Cultural Liaison Officers, Aboriginal Liaison officers, Family Violence officers, our Migration Clinic and our Community Legal Education services. For information on our website, visit Community Liaison Unit. 

Concerned about someone? (pdf, 1.94 MB) - Information for family and friends concerned about someone who may be experiencing elder abuse or family violence.

Decision making and your rights (pdf, 1.2 MB) - Everyone wants to make their own decisions about things that affect their lives, and not be controlled by others. As the law says, we must presume that adults have 'capacity' to make decisions for themselves unless proven otherwise.

Do you have a mental health matter? (pdf, 417.32 KB) - People who have been detained in hospital under the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 can be advised and assisted by a legal aid duty lawyer.

Do you have a problem at work? (pdf, 341.94 KB) - Do you have a problem at work? Have you been unfairly dismissed? Questions about your employment or the rights you have as an employee?

Do you have a problem with your neighbour? (pdf, 497.38 KB) - Neighbourhood disputes can arise over many issues including noise pollution, fence repairs and pets. It is essential to address any problems as soon as they arise by negotiating or mediating with your neighbour or seeking advice.

Do you have a will? (pdf, 575.02 KB) - Legal Aid does not provide assistance in writing wills or administering a deceased's estate. However it can give advice and help you identify will related issues.

Do you want to make a complaint about an official or agency in the ACT public sector? (pdf, 341.22 KB) - Do you want to make a complaint about an official or agency in the ACT public sector? Reporting misconduct and how to make a public interest disclosure.

Family Advocacy and Support Service (pdf, 339.53 KB) - The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) is a free service providing assistance to families with family law matters who have been affected by family violence.

Family Law Services in the ACT (pdf, 366.34 KB) - Service Directory. Developed by the Family Law Pathways Network 2017

First time in court? Are you entering a plea of guilty? (pdf, 503.35 KB) - Is this your first time in court? Are you thinking of entering a plea of guilty? It is important to get legal advice before deciding whether to plead guilty or not-guilty. 

Free Law Directory (pdf, 637.4 KB) - updated April 2016

Free Legal Services in the ACT (pdf, 415.12 KB) - A fact sheet with details of all of the free or low cost legal information and advice services that are available in the ACT.

Gifts, loans and debts (pdf, 1.68 MB) - It's important to know your rights and responsibilities and what can go wrong when you help someone out financially.

Have you been charged with a drink driving offence? (pdf, 423.16 KB) - Drink driving offences and applying for a restricted licence in the ACT. 

Have you had a car accident? (pdf, 428.17 KB) - This information was prepared for ACT readers who were involved in a motor vehicle crash and who are not insured for property damage. If you are insured, you should contact your insurance provider to obtain information on how to lodge a claim.

How can we help you? (pdf, 431.16 KB) - This factsheet gives an overview of the ways in which Legal Aid ACT can help you resolve your legal problem. 

Legal Health checklist (pdf, 627.98 KB) - People realise that maintaining their health requires regular, methodical checking. You should also check your legal health to ensure that your legal affairs are in order

Light at the end of the tunnel (pdf, 1.86 MB) - This report details research undertaken by Dr Liz Curran on behalf of Legal Aid ACT. The research looked at Legal Aid ACT and the quality of its legal services to clients.

Our Criminal Law Practice (pdf, 473.99 KB) - Our Criminal Law practice provides a wide range of services. For further information on the services offered by Legal Aid ACT, visit our website. 

Our Family Law Practice (pdf, 423.03 KB) - Our Family Law practice provides a wide range of legal and non-legal support services. For more information on the services offered by Legal Aid ACT, visit our website.  

Personal Safety: Do you need a Family Violence Order? Do you need a Personal Protection Order? (pdf, 432.5 KB) - These are orders made by the court to protect a person (the applicant) from future assaults, threats of violence, property damage, stalking, acts of indecency, harassment and offensive conduct by another person (the respondent). If you are worried about your personal safety get in touch with Legal Aid ACT.

Plan for your safety (pdf, 1.71 MB) - Information for older people who may be at risk of elder abuse. Everyone has the right to live in a respectful and safe environment. However, people may not feel safe if they are experiencing abuse from a partner, a family member or another person who lives in their home, such as an adult child. But it is important to remember there are things you can do to protect yourself from violence or abuse.

Stay Here, Stay Safe (pdf, 557.22 KB) - Legal Aid ACT's publication about migration and family violence provisions.

Student Legal Survival Guide (pdf, 513.86 KB) - Do you have concerns about your housing? Work? Drink driving charges? Debt? Visas? Your personal safety?

What is a character reference? (pdf, 407.07 KB) - What is a character reference? Who can write one? What does it need to include?

What is a guardian? What is a guardianship order? (pdf, 337.08 KB) - A guardian is a person who is appointed to make certain decisions for you where you do not have the capacity to make the decisions for yourself

Working with older people at risk of abuse (pdf, 1.38 MB) - Information for workers about promoting the safety and wellbeing of older people. Older people have the right to live in safety, to be treated with dignity and respect and to make their own decisions. Some older people are denied their rights through elder abuse, sometimes by those who are closest to them. As support workers, we can help promote an older person's safety and wellbeing. It is important that we do so in ways that respects the rights of older people.