Community Legal Centres Australia
This website has a directory to help you find your nearest Community Legal Centre (CLC). These are community-based organisations that provide free legal information and advice.
Youth Law Australia
This website provides information about laws throughout Australia for young people under 25 years. It also answers common legal questions for teenagers and their parents. It’s run by the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre.
Australian Capital Territory
Legal Aid ACT – Youth Law Centre
This is a legal service for young people aged 12-25 years in the Australian Capital Territory. It provides legal information and free and confidential legal advice in person at a walk-in centre in Canberra, over the phone or by email. Phone (02) 6173 5410.
New South Wales
Legal Aid NSW – Best for kids
This is a community legal education website. It has information about children and the law in New South Wales, as well as links to other services.
Legal Aid NSW – Children’s Legal Service
The Children’s Legal Service (CLS) gives information and advice to young people involved with the law. You can get in-person advice at offices in Parramatta, Sydney, Campbelltown, Wollongong and Newcastle. You can also phone the Youth Hotline on 1800 101 810:
- Monday-Thursday, 9 am-midnight
- Friday 9 am-Sunday midnight.
Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission – Young people
This website has links to information about laws affecting young people in the Northern Territory.
Youth Advocacy Centre
The Youth Advocacy Centre website has information about laws affecting young people in Queensland. You can get legal advice by phoning (07) 3356 1002, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.
Legal Aid Queensland
Legal Aid Queensland’s Youth Legal Advice Hotline provides free and confidential legal advice. Phone 1800 527 527:
- Monday-Thursday, 8 am-9 pm
- Friday 8 am-Sunday 5 pm.
Legal Services Commission of South Australia – Community legal education for young people and workers
This webpage has fact sheets, publications and resources for young people. You can get legal advice by phoning the Free Legal Help Line on 1300 366 424, Monday-Friday, 9 am-4.30 pm.
Uniting Communities – Youth Law Centre
This organisation provides free legal advice and information to young people. Phone (08) 8202 5960.
Legal Aid Commission Tasmania – Fact sheet – Law for the under 18s
This webpage has information about the law and young people under 18 years in Tasmania. For free legal advice, phone Tasmania Legal Aid on 1300 366 611, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.
Victoria Legal Aid
Victoria Legal Aid helps people with legal problems. The website has answers to common legal questions in Victoria and a range of downloadable resources, including the booklet Am I old enough? Common legal issues for young people.
This is a specialist community legal centre for young people in Victoria. It provides free and confidential legal advice by email or over the phone on (03) 9113 9500.
Youth Legal Service
This organisation provides legal services for young people in Western Australia. For legal advice, phone (08) 9202 1688 during business hours.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines children’s basic human rights. These are the rights to survive, develop to the fullest, be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The Convention protects children’s rights by setting standards in health care, education, and legal, civil and social services.