What we do

Legal Aid ACT helps people in the ACT with their legal problems, especially people who are socially or economically disadvantaged. We can help in criminal law, family law and some civil law matters.

Free legal assistance for subclass 449 holders in the ACT to apply for permanent visas.

  • Farsi
  • Dari
  • Pashto

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We offer free and confidential information, legal advice and assistance to tenants in the ACT.

Free, independent legal support service that gives information and advice to people who want to share their story with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability.

Free legal support for veterans and ADF members 

Free and confidential legal support is available to current and former Defence Force members.

We provide this assistance in collaboration with the Defence and Veterans Legal Service - a national initiative that supports people who have served.

That support can include information, general legal advice, preliminary assistance and guided referrals. 

The Defence and Veterans Legal Service is independent of all government agencies (including Defence, DVA and the ADF) and can assist with issues such as:

  • veteran entitlements and compensation 
  • family law problems (including parenting arrangements and the division of assets)
  • employment law (including discrimination, harassment, unfair dismissal and the transition to civilian industries)
  • redress for abuse in the Defence Force
  • family violence and domestic violence orders
  • consumer law (including issues relating to insurance, consumer credit and debt)
  • wills and estates.

For more information, call the Defence and Veterans Legal Service on 1800 33 1800.

We offer free and confidential legal advice, assistance, information and referrals to everyone in the community.

We have lawyers on duty at the ACT Magistrates Court, Children’s Court and Family Court. They will give you advice and help if it is urgent without an appointment.

We offer grants to help pay for ongoing legal costs if you cannot afford a private lawyer.

We provide free legal information through our publications and Community Legal Education workshops.

We have specialist domestic and family violence lawyers who are available to provide you with free legal help every day of the week regardless of your income or property.

We provide Family Dispute Resolution services with the aim of resolving family law disputes out of court.

We can provide additional non-legal support through our Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Cultural Liaison Officer and Family Violence Officer.

We offer free legal information and advice if you have an immigration problem. 

We offer free and confidential legal services for young people between the ages of 12 – 25.

We provide legal assistance to older people in the community who are experiencing problems with a range of legal issues.

Important answers to commonly asked questions.

The Family Law Pathways Network is an inclusive network for professionals working with separated or separating families.