Street Law Brochure

An Outreach Legal Service for the Homeless

Call Street Law on 1800 787 529

Who Street Law helps

Street Law is a specialist program of Canberra Community Law (formerly Welfare Rights and Legal Centre). Street Law is independent of government.

We provide help to people who are experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness. This can include people who are sleeping rough, couch surfing, staying in a refuge or other temporary accommodation. Street Law may also be able to help if your housing is unsafe or insecure or if you are at risk of losing your home.

How can Street Law help you?

Street Law provides free, independent and confidential legal advice and assistance. For example, we can help with a range of legal issues including:

  • Traffic and other types of fines
  • Centrelink issues
  • Tenancy issues
  • Minor criminal law
  • Employment law
  • Debts
  • Consumer issues
  • Victims of crime financial assistance scheme

We may also be able to help in other areas of law or refer you to another service that can help.

Not sure if you have a legal problem?

Contact us and we can help you work through the issue or put you in touch with someone that can help.

No wrong door

Not sure if we’re the right service? Street Law can also help connect you with other legal and non-legal services that may be able to help you.

Street Law knows that one problem can lead to another and that early action is important

Our lawyers will…

  • explain and assist you with legal issues
  • explain how you can access your rights
  • help negotiate with organisations, government services, lenders and others
  • help with tribunals or court hearings
  • help with practical problems
  • put you in touch with other organisations that can help you.

How to contact Street Law?

You can contact Street Law by:

  • calling Street Law on 1800 STRLAW (1800 787 529) or our admin line 02 6218 7995
  • coming to one of our outreach sessions
  • dropping into the office to make an appointment
  • speaking to any community organisation who can make an appointment for you

What else does Street Law do?

Community Legal Education

Street Law provides training to the community sector on how to spot a legal issue.

This training can empower workers to refer clients who need legal help.

Street Law can also provide advice to workers about identifying legal issues and help workers refer their clients to the right service.

Street Law also provides training to clients on issues that impact them.

Street Law has developed training on working with vulnerable clients to assist junior lawyers in private firms and government who wish to undertake pro bono work.

Law Reform & Policy

Street Law is well placed to see when a law or process is causing problems for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

When we see a problem, we will work to have the law changed to benefit the community and our clients.

Street Law’s law reform campaigns are driven by real problems experienced by our clients.

Street Law also works with other services and community legal centres to seek law reform and contribute to good policy.

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Please call us on (02) 6218 7977 or free call 1800 445 665 from south-east NSW.

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The advice line is opened from 9.30am to 1pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

If you need an interpreter please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask them to ring us.

If you are deaf or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service at www.relayservice.gov.au

Other legal help:

We are a member of the National Welfare Rights Network, a peak body representing services that provide advice on Centrelink problems.

The National Welfare Rights Network produces factsheets on common Centrelink problems.

They can be found at www.welfarerightsact.org.au via the Help link.

Our other services are available on our services page.

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We acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we work and pay our respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.