Casework guidelines

We have guidelines on what kinds of legal problems with can help with. 

For some areas of law, we can give legal advice at a first appointment but we cannot provide ongoing legal assistance through casework.

Below is a list of the areas of law we can help with and how we can help.

Area of Law Advice Casework
Bankruptcy Yes- referral to our onsite financial counsellor  No
Child Protection No - contact Victoria Legal Aid  No
Child Support No - contact Victoria Legal Aid No
Commercial Matters (eg. small business, commercial leases, business contracts) No No
Community Organisations/Clubs No No
Consumer Law No - contact Consumer Action Law Centre  No
Conveyancing No No
Criminal Law – Magistrates’ Court Yes Yes
Criminal Law – County, Supreme or High Courts No No
Debts Yes Maybe (depends on the capacity of the service as well as the nature of the legal issue and particular vulnerability of the client and no court representation provided)
Discrimination No No
Employment Yes  Maybe (depends on the capacity of the service as well as the nature of the legal issue and particular vulnerability of the client)
Family Law – parenting Yes Yes
Family Law – property No No
Family Law – divorce Yes Yes
Family violence Yes No
Freedom of Information Yes No
Guardianship / Administration Yes No
Immigration No No
Infringements (fines) Yes Yes
Motor Vehicle Accidents No - contact Monash Law Clinics  No
Personal Injury No No
Personal Safety Intervention Orders Yes No
Powers of Attorney No No
Property Law (not family, eg adverse possession, boundary/fence disputes, easements, covenants and planning) No No
Social Security No - contact Social Security Rights Victoria No
Tenancy – for tenant Yes Yes
Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal Yes Yes (only where not appropriate to refer to private lawyer)
Wills No No