Our legal services

We provide free legal services including advice, casework, information, education and referral. Our focus is to help residents of Banyule, however, depending on our capacity we can sometimes help residents of Nillumbik. 

We target our assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community and some of our services have particular eligibility requirements, including that you possess a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

We have guidelines about what areas we can help with. Below is a list of areas of law we can help with.

  • Fines
  • Tenancy – for tenants
  • Uninsured motor vehicle accidents
  • Family law
  • Family violence
  • Intervention orders
  • Victims of crime compensation
  • Minor criminal offences
  • Debt

Depending on your legal matter, our capacity, resources and expertise, we may provide advice or casework assistance to eligible clients. Casework assistance can only be provided where there is a reasonable prospect of obtaining a successful outcome.

If we cannot help you directly, we will try to identify a service that can. Sometimes, we may refer you to services within Banyule Community Health, including social work or financial counselling.

Health justice partnership

We believe that access to legal help is an important part in a person’s overall health care and that improved social justice supports the health of the community.

As a part of Banyule Community Health, we can connect you with the health and social support services offered here.

To ensure you receive holistic assistance, with your consent, we can also work closely with other workers at Banyule Community Health to help you. Commonly, we work closely with social workers, financial counsellors, general counsellors, alcohol and other drug counsellors and Aboriginal health workers.

La Trobe Student Association Legal Service

In partnership with the La Trobe Student Association we operate a free legal service for La Trobe University students.

Community legal education

We also provide community legal education in partnership with local community organisations. Email any enquiries to whcls@bchs.org.au.