When you're in debt and have legal problems, you may worry that you can't afford a private solicitor. It's reassuring to know there's free legal advice available.
If you've received a default notice, or are being taken to court because you owe money, don't ignore it. Contact one of the organisations below straight away. They're here to help you.
If you're in crisis or need urgent help with housing or living expenses, see urgent help with money.
Community legal centres
Community legal centres are independent, not-for-profit, community-based organisations. They provide free legal help to those most in need.
Contact the National Association of Community Legal Centres (02 9264 9595) for all centres in Australia.
Other legal services by state
There are also Legal Aid agencies, as well as other types of legal services, in each state and territory.
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Legal Aid Queensland
1300 651 188
Caxton Legal Centre
07 3214 6333
Queensland Women's Legal Services
1800 957 957 or 1800 457 117 (rural, regional and remote)
North Queensland Women's Legal Services
1800 244 504
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services
1800 012 255