Street Law

Who are we?

Street Law is a free and confidential outreach legal service for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  Street Law provides legal advice and casework assistance and connects clients with other services.

Who is Experiencing Homelessness?

A person is experiencing homelessness or is at risk of homelessness if they do not have adequate access to safe and secure housing.  This includes situations where the person’s housing:

  • damages, or is likely to damage their health;
  • is unsafe;
  • fails to provide adequate amenities;
  • fails to provide the supports that a home normally affords; or
  • is not affordable.

For example, Street Law works with people who are:

  • Sleeping rough
  • Living in their car
  • Couch surfing
  • Living in a refuge or other transitional accommodation
  • Living in accommodation without legal rights
  • Experiencing domestic violence or other threats of violence at their current accommodation
  • At risk of losing their current accommodation

‘Our Lawyers Will…’

Street Law knows how one problem can lead to another and that early action is important. So our lawyers can:

  • Explain the law to you and give you advice about your options
  • Help you negotiate with the other side in your legal matter
  • Help request copies of your documents
  • Help prepare for reviews, tribunals or court hearings
  • Support you to access other legal services
  • Put you in touch with other organisations who can help you.

How do I get Help from Street Law?

There are various ways you can get in touch to get help from Street Law, including:

  1. Call Street Law for phone advice or to make an appointment to see us in person on 1800 STR LAW (1800 787 529) or (02) 62187995
  2. Drop in to our office at Level 1, 21 Barry Drive Turner to make an appointment
  3. Attend an advice clinic at one of our outreach locations.

Street Law’s Outreach Details

AIDS Action Council

Monday 12:00pm – 1:00pm
First Monday of every month
Havelock House, corner of Northbourne Avenue and Gould Street Turner

This outreach is by appointment only. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

Woden Youth Centre

Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Fortnightly
29 Callum Street Phillip

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au, or speak to a Woden Youth Centre worker) to make an appointment.

Munjuwah Aboriginal Corporation and Your Place

Wednesday 10:00am – 11:00am
First Wednesday of every month
28 Rutledge Street Queanbeyan

This outreach is by appointment only. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

Early Morning Centre

Thursday 10:00am – 10:30am
Weekly
Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue Turner

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

West Belconnen Child and Family Centre

Friday 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fortnightly
6 Luke Street Holt

This outreach is by appointment only. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

Helping Hand Food Pantry

Friday 10:30am – 11:30am
Second Friday of every month
St Paul's Anglican Church, Curly Street Spence

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.

St John’s Care

Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Second and Fourth Friday of every month
45 Constitution Avenue, Reid

Drop in or by appointment. Please call Street Law on 1800 787 529 or 6218 7995, or email us at streetlaw@canberracommunitylaw.org.au to make an appointment.