Legal information for young people

Find out where you can go to get free legal advice, assistance and information relevant to young people. 

Day-to-day life can bring out a lot of legal problems which can be frightening and stressful for young people. It is important that you know your rights, and where you can get help if you need it.

Free legal advice and assistance 

Youth Legal Service

The Youth Legal Service gives free legal information, advice and assistance to young people 25 years and younger across NSW. They give advice about legal issues including employment, fines and debt, criminal charges, consumer law, complaints about the police and problems at home.

Legal Aid NSW 

Legal Aid NSW provides legal information to anyone with a legal problem in NSW through their legal information and referral service, LawAccess NSW. You can contact LawAccess by using their chat service or by calling 1300 888 529. They are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

If you need a lawyer and don’t have enough money to pay, you may be able to get help from a Legal Aid NSW lawyer. LawAccess NSW can tell you if you are eligible and can book an appointment for you to speak with a lawyer.

Legal Aid NSW lawyers can support you with criminal matters involving the police, family matters involving children or a relationship breakdown, or civil matters where you are having trouble with a fundamental need like housing, income support or access to health and disability supports.

The Children's Legal Service is a specialist unit of Legal Aid NSW helping children and young people under 18 who are involved in criminal cases in the Children's Courts.

Shopfront Youth Legal Centre

The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre provides free legal assistance for homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 25 and under.

Youth Law Australia

Youth Law Australia provides free, confidential legal information & help for young people under 25. 

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