Legal advice is a necessity for all businesses however, most simply cannot afford market rate legal services. That’s where SG Alliance comes in. SG Alliance is a pro bono legal service organisation that specialise in Compensation, Human Rights and Social Justice. The dedicated members of our Board of Directors and our several hundred volunteer lawyers are the soul of SG Alliance.

The following is a list of key pro bono referral schemes and organisations in Australia:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations

LawHelp
Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC)
PO Box 29, Woden ACT 2606
Tel: 1800 622 431
Email: LawHelp@oric.gov.au
Web: www.oric.gov.au/free-services-through-oric/lawhelp

LawHelp is a service that was started by the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and volunteer lawyers. It gives not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 access to legal help. It is not available for individuals.

Australia-wide (for those living with cancer)

Cancer Council Legal Referral Service
Tel: 13 11 20

Cancer Council operates a pro bono legal referral service in relation to legal matters faced by those living with cancer. This includes wills and powers of attorney, access to superannuation, mortgage hardship and other consumer credit problems, insurance, employment and other matters. The referral service is means tested. To contact this service please contact Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Pro Bono Clearing House
c/- ACT Law Society
GPO Box 1562, Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: (02) 6247 0300
Fax: (02) 6247 3754
Email: mail@actlawsociety.asn.au
Web: www.actlawsociety.asn.au/public-information/act-pro-bono-clearing-house/

Run by the ACT Law Society, the Clearing House will deal with public and private interest matters, subject to guidelines. By application only to the Clearing House Administrator.

The Law Society of the ACT also operates the Legal Advice Bureau that offers free lunch time legal advice from solicitors who volunteer their time on a roster basis from 12.30–2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is Family Law only. By appointment only to the Law Society (02) 6247 0300.

Self Representation Service (Justice Connect)
Ph: 1800 727 550
Email: selfrep.nswact@justiceconnect.org.au
Website: www.justiceconnect.org.au/get-help/self-representation-service/how-we-can-help

Justice Connect is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides a Self Representation Service for unrepresented people in the ACT who are appearing in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court with bankruptcy, employment, human rights/discrimination or judicial review issues. For more information please check their website.

New South Wales

Law Society of NSW
Pro Bono Scheme
Law Society of New South Wales
Lower Ground Floor
170 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9926 0364
Fax: 02 9231 5809
Email: probonoscheme@lawsocnsw.asn.au
Website: www.lawsociety.com.au/community/findingalawyer/probono/

Means and merits tests applied. Application form and supporting documents required.

The NSW Bar Association
Legal Assistance Referral Scheme
Selborne Chambers
174 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9232 4055
Fax: 02 9221 1149
Email: legalassist@nswbar.asn.au
Website: www.nswbar.asn.au/briefing-barristers/legal-assistance/

Means and merits tests applied. Application form and supporting documents required.

Justice Connect
GPO Box 436, Darlinghurst NSW 1300
Legal Inquiries: 02 8599 2100
Self Representation Service: 1800 727 550
Fax: 02 8599 2105
Email (general): admin@justiceconnect.org.au
Email (Self Representation Service): selfrep.nswact@justiceconnect.org.au
Website: www.justiceconnect.org.au

Justice Connect is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. It is committed to delivering access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to people experiencing disadvantage and the community organisations that support them. It does so by matching organisations, and individuals who are ineligible for legal aid and cannot afford a lawyer, to lawyers and barristers willing to act on a pro bono basis.

Justice Connect works in collaboration with law firms, barristers and individual lawyers, as well as institutions like the Law Society of New South Wales, the NSW Bar Association, community legal centres, Legal Aid, government and philanthropy.

Justice Connect coordinates a number of programs:

  • Pro Bono Referral Service
  • Not-for-profit Law
  • MOSAIC (Migrant Outreach Service – Advice, Information and Community Education)
  • Self Representation Service (bankruptcy, employment, human rights/discrimination or judicial review issues in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court)

Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS)
Level 7, 173-175 Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 8898 6500
Fax: (02) 8898 6555
Email: homelessproject@piac.asn.au
Website: www.piac.asn.au/projects/homeless-persons-legal-service/introduction

HPLS provides free legal assistance to, and advocacy on behalf of, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Legal services are provided by pro bono lawyers at crisis accommodation centres and welfare agencies. Contact HPLS for more information.

Northern Territory

Northern Territory Pro Bono Clearing House
C/- The Law Society Northern Territory
GPO Box 2388, Darwin NT 0801
Tel: (08) 8981 5104
Email: lily.coe@lawsocietynt.asn.au
Web: lawsocietynt.asn.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28&Itemid=119

The Northern Territory Pro Bono Clearing House was established in November 2008. It is operated by the Access to Justice Committee of the Law Society Northern Territory. Contact the Clearing House coordinator at the Law Society for further information.

Law Society Northern Territory
GPO Box 2388, Darwin NT 0801
Tel: (08) 8981 5104
Fax: (08) 8941 1623
Email: lawsoc@lawsocietynt.asn.au
Web: www.lawsocietynt.asn.au/for-the-community/first-interview-scheme-3.html

Currently the Law Society operates a ‘First Interview Scheme’ whereby participating law firms agree to provide a first half-hour consultation for $99. Contact the Law Society for a list of firms or access the website for further information.

Queensland

LawRight (formerly QPILCH)
PO Box 3631, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Ph: (07) 3846 6317
Fax: (07) 3846 6311
Email: admin@lawright.org.au
Website: www.lawright.org.au

LawRight is a research, assessment and referral service, referring civil law cases with legal merit to member barristers and law firms for pro bono assistance. LawRight also conducts direct services through its Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Administrative Law Clinic, Mental Health Law Practice, Refugee Civil Law Clinic and Self-Representation Services (District and Supreme Court and QCAT).

South Australia

JusticeNet SA
Ligertwood Building, North Terrace, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005
Tel: (08) 8313 5005
Fax (08) 8313 0223
Email: admin@justicenet.org.au
Web: www.justicenet.org.au

JusticeNet SA provides free legal help to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and the community organisations that support them. JusticeNet operates a referral service, and Self-Representation Services in the District Court of South Australia, Supreme Court of South Australia and Federal Court Adelaide and Darwin Registries.

To qualify for assistance from JusticeNet, applicants must satisfy its eligibility criteria, including that:

  • the case has legal merit
  • the client must be ineligible for assistance from existing legal services (such as legal aid and community legal centres); and
  • the client must be unable to afford a private solicitor or barrister

The Law Society of South Australia (LSSA)

Level 10, 178 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8229 0200
Fax: (08) 8231 1929
Email: email@lawsocietysa.asn.au
Website: www.lawsocietysa.asn.au/LSSA/Community/Advisory_Service.aspx (Legal Advisory Service)

The Law Society of South Australia does not have a pro bono referral scheme but does coordinate the low-cost Legal Advisory Scheme – 5.30 to 7.30 pm, Monday and Wednesday, 20 minutes costs $32 ($22 concession).

Adelaide Legal Outreach Service (ALOS)

212 Wright Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Tel: (08) 8118 5200
Fax: (08) 8212 6457
Email: alos@adelaide.edu.au
Web: law.adelaide.edu.au/free-legal-clinics/adelaide-legal-outreach-service/

ALOS is a referral and legal advice service for people who are homeless or disadvantaged. Operates on Fridays out of the Westcare Centre, 212 Wright St, Adelaide. Run by the University of Adelaide Law School, advice and assistance is provided by law students under the supervision of volunteer lawyers.

Tasmania

Law Society of Tasmania’s Pro Bono Clearing House
28 Murray Street, Hobart TAS 7000
Tel: (03) 6234 4133
Fax: (03) 6223 8240
Email: info@lst.org.au
Web: lst.org.au/public-info/pro-bono-clearing-house

The Law Society of Tasmania’s Pro Bono Clearing House was launched in May 2010. The Clearing House won’t accept cases where advice could be provided through the Legal Aid Commission, but will help applicants in cases which either raise a matter of broad public concern, or alternatively matters that have a reasonable prospect for success.

Self Representation Service (Justice Connect)
Ph: 1800 727 550
Email: selfrep.victas@justiceconnect.org.au
Website: www.justiceconnect.org.au/get-help/self-representation-service/how-we-can-help

Justice Connect is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides a Self Representation Service for unrepresented people in Tasmania who are appearing in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court with bankruptcy, employment, human rights/discrimination or judicial review issues. For more information please check their website.

Victoria

Justice Connect
Level 17, 461 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000
PO Box 16013 Collins Street West 8007
Ph: (03) 8636 4400
Legal Enquiries: 03 8636 4400
Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic Freecall: 1800 606 313
Self Representation Service: 1800 727 550
Fax: (03) 8636 4455
Email (general): admin@justiceconnect.org.au
Email (Self Representation Service): selfrep.victas@justiceconnect.org.au
Website: www.justiceconnect.org.au

Justice Connect is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. It is committed to delivering access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to people experiencing disadvantage and the community organisations that support them. It does so by matching organisations, and individuals who are ineligible for legal aid and cannot afford a lawyer, to lawyers and barristers willing to act on a pro bono basis.

Justice Connect coordinates a number of programs:

  • Pro Bono Referral Service (including the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Scheme and the Law Institute of Victoria Legal Assistance Service)
  • Homeless Law
  • Seniors Law
  • Not-for-profit Law
  • MOSAIC (Migrant Outreach Service – Advice, Information and Community Education)
  • Self Representation Service (bankruptcy, employment, human rights/discrimination or judicial review issues in the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court)

Western Australia

Law Access
c/- The Faculty of Law, M249, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009
Tel: (08) 9324 8600 (for application forms only)
Fax: (08) 9324 8699
Email: lawaccess@lawaccess.net.au
Web: www.lawaccess.net.au

This pro bono referral service is currently managed by the Law Society of WA and refers public interest as well as non-public interest matters. Public interest matters will be given priority, but matters without ‘public interest’ will still be referred to participating lawyers if means and merits tests are satisfied. Read the information on the website and download an application form or call the Law Society on (08) 9324 8600.

The Western Australian Bar Association (Inc)
Level 19, Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
GPO Box C122, Perth, WA 6839
Tel: (08) 9220 0477
Fax: (08) 9221 5781
Email: info@wabar.asn.au
Web: www.wabar.asn.au/?rt=article/33&m=121&p=20

Please note that the WA Bar does not operate a formal pro bono referral scheme, however members of the WA Bar provide advice and representation for free or at reduced rates in Western Australian matters subject to a means and merits test. Consistent with barristers’ usual practice, it is extremely unusual for members of the WA Bar to agree to act without a solicitor instructing, particularly when the matter is litigious. Applications for pro bono assistance are to be made in writing – by letter or email for the attention of the President.

A & E Legal
Suite 23, Maylands Commercial Centre, 168 Guildford Road, Maylands WA 6051
Phone: (08) 9371 5060
Web: www.aelegal.com.au

With 50 years of combined personal injury law experience between them, William and Karl, the principal partners at A & E Legal, understand the complexities surrounding personal injury legislation and are here to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. If you sustain an injury or loss caused by the actions of another person whilst driving, being transported in or on a car, truck, bus or motorcycle or if you were a pedestrian and was hit by a car, truck, bus or motorcycle, then you may be entitled to compensation. For personal injury advice from expert car accident lawyers, call A & E Legal, their first consultation is free with no obligation to proceed.