Student Assist at the Guild may not be able to offer you legal advice, but we can help you access appropriate services.
There are a range of community legal centres in Perth that often offer a very economical, if not free, service to low income earners. If you would like to know where to access suitable legal advice, please speak to a Student Assist officer who will point you in the right direction.
Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA)
The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Inc.) (ALSWA) provides legal representation and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Western Australia, including advocating in policy and law reform in submissions, at conferences and in the media.
7 Aberdeen Street, Perth WA 6004 (near McIver Train Station)
Phone: 1800 019 900 or 08 9265 6666 or After Hours: 08 9265 6644
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau provide a low-cost legal advice service on a wide range of issues and prepare various simple legal documents. Legal Appointments are available at the Perth head office and branches throughout Perth metropolitan area and the South West.
To book an appointment at the Perth office, call (08) 9221 5711 between 9:30am-4pm Monday-Friday (excluding Public Holidays).
Community Legal Centres
Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are not for profit, non-government organisations that provide legal and welfare services to people in need. Some CLCs specialise in certain areas such as the legal problems of youth, tenants, migrants and Centrelink benefit recipients. Others offer more general services within their local communities. The services provided by CLCs may include legal information, advice and representation to individuals and groups; community education and law reform programs and advice to governments on policy issues. Most services are free or very low cost.
Contact on (08) 9221 9322 during office hours
Employment Law Centre of WA (Inc)
The Employment Law Centre of WA (Inc) is an independent, not for profit community legal centre specialising in employment law. They provide free, confidential legal advice on employment matters to vulnerable Western Australian employees. They aim to help employees understand their rights and obligations so that they feel confident in pursuing their legal options.
General Advice Line - 1300 130 956 or (08) 9227 0111
The Advice Line hours of operation are:
Monday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 7.30pm
Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm
Legal Aid WA
Legal Aid WA Infoline - 1300 650 579
Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm (AWT) except public holidays
Tenancy WA is a not for profit community legal centre funded to assist residential tenants. Tenants can access information, publications, advice and advocacy through the advice line, free-call numbers and website.
Telephone Advice Line:
(08) 9221 0088 (Metropolitan)
1800 621 888 (Country Free Call)
Open: 9:00am – 4:30pm Mon to Fri
Southern Communities Advocacy Legal Education Service (SCALES)
SCALES provides free legal advice, information and representation to low income people living in the Kwinana and Rockingham areas. SCALES also provides a state wide service in the area of immigration. SCALES deals with clients predominantly in the following areas: criminal law; domestic violence; family law; public housing and tenancy; immigration and refugee law; Centrelink; criminal injuries compensation, equal opportunity claims, consumer, contract, debt and civil law.
Suite 3, St Nicholas Community Centre, 14 Council Ave, Rockingham, WA 6168
Telephone (08) 9550 0400
Open: Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to noon
Sussex Street Community Law Service
Sussex Street Community Law Service is a free and readily accessible legal service to low income and disadvantage people in the community.
Telephone (08) 6253 9500
Fax (08) 9470 1805
Opening hours are 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Fridays.
Women’s Law Centre
The Women's Law Centre is a community legal centre funded to provide free legal services for women of Western Australia. Providing information about legal issues and referral to support services, legal advice, casework, community legal education and law reform advocacy.
By appointment, the Women's Law Centre can assist you with:
- Family law children's issues
- Divorce applications
- Family law property settlement one off advice at our monthly evening legal clinic (by appointment only)
- Domestic and family violence issues (including restraining orders)
- Protection and care proceedings
- Criminal injuries compensation where it relates to family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault
- Women's human rights issues through systemic advocacy
- Advice Line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.45pm. We are closed from 12.00pm to 1.00pm daily for lunch.
The Women's Law Centre is located at 445 Hay Street, Perth.
The WLCWA assists women by appointment only by calling: 9272 8800 (metro callers) or 1800 625 122 (free call for country callers). Their Advice Line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.45pm. They are closed from 12.00pm to 1.00pm daily for lunch.
Youth Legal Service
Youth Legal Service provides free professional legal services to children and young people (under 25 years) residing in Western Australia.
First Floor, 138 Murray Street, Perth WA 6000
Perth Metro 9202 1688
Regional 1800 199 006