Darebin Community Legal Centre
Office: 279 Spring Street, Reservoir 3073
Phone: 9484 7753
Hours: Mon-Thur, 9:30am-4:30pm (closed 1-2pm)
We aim to empower and support the Darebin community by helping them to navigate a complex justice system. We offer free legal information, advice, representation and community legal education. We also work to reform the laws to make them fairer.
We prioritise matters that involve one or more vulnerability factors including: languages or cultural needs, asylum seekers and refugees, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, mental health, disability, family violence, homelessness, alcohol or drug dependence, older people or young people.
Areas of Law
We can provide legal advice and sometimes representation in relation to:
- Criminal charges and driving offences
- Family violence and intervention orders
- Debts and car accidents
- Complaints about government departments, police, ticket inspectors and security guards
- Victims of crime assistance
- Consumer complaints
- Tenancy (housing)
- Issues with Centrelink
- Family law, divorce and child protection.
We can provide information and a warm referral to another service in relation to:
- Child support
- Family law and property matters
- Immigration law
- Transport Accident Commission
- Personal injury
- Wills and Probate
- Powers of Attorney
- Body Corporate/Owners Corporation
- Financial (mortgages, guarantees and bankruptcy).
Please note that our services are catchment-based. We can provide a service to those who live, work or study in the City of Darebin LGA. If people are experiencing homelessness, we can offer a service to those who are based in or connected to the City of Darebin LGA.
In family violence matters, we provide a service to those who are within the jurisdiction of the Heidelberg Magistrates' Court.
Legal advice and casework
|Service||Type of assistance available||How to access|
|Outreach and other Generalist Services||
Legal advice and casework on areas of law as above.
|Appointments via outreach locations and direct referrals from partner agencies.
Call our office on 9484 7753
|Night Service||Once-off legal advice on areas of law mentioned above.||Drop in service from 7pm on Tuesdays. It is recommended that you contact the office on 9484 7753 to make an appointment.
Appointment-based clinics on Wednesday nights from 7pm.
Call our office on 9484 7753.
|Family Violence Court readiness program||
Advice in relation to family violence matters, including drafting of further and better particulars in Family Violence Intervention Order matters.
|Contact office on 9484 7753 to make an appointment.|
|Family Law Service||Specialist family law advice and representation for parenting matters. We do not do property settlement or child support matters.||Contact office on 9484 7753 to make an appointment.|
|Darebin Intervention Order Service (DIOS) at Heidelberg Magistrates Court||Duty lawyer service available, providing advice and representation t mentions and directions hearings in Family Violence Intervention Order matters only.||Clients can attend court and seek assistance on the day of mention or directions hearing.|
Community legal education
We aim to demystify the law by ensuring legal information is accessible. Our Community Legal Education sessions are open to the general public and encourage a broad awareness of the law and its processes. Organisations interested in being involved in the program are invited to contact the Centre.
Secondary consults and training for community workers
We offers secondary consultations for staff at partner organisations, to build their capacity to assist and appropriately refer community members who may have a legal issue. We also offer professional development sessions on legal topics identified by staff.