The Education Directorate has engaged Legal Aid ACT to offer the following free and confidential services to ACT College students and their families:
- College Drop-in Centre;
Legal Liaison Officer’s will provide a drop-in service at each college once per fortnight, to improve access to legal assistance for students through the introduction of a free and confidential service. The drop-in centre will not require bookings.
- Individual Appointments and
This will allow College students and/or their parents or carers to make an appointment with a Legal Liaison Officer at their school. You can scroll down to make a booking.
- Legal Class, led by Legal Liaison Officer
Run by the Legal Liaison Officer, this will provide an opportunity to educate College students on legal matters, such as family and domestic violence, criminal activity, unfair treatment, housing problems, and other issues to which they are particularly susceptible. This is an optional service, provided at the school’s discretion.
What matters can a Legal Liaison Officer assist with?
The services provided by Legal Aid ACT are duty services, this means the Legal Liaison Officers in College’s provide information, advice and some limited follow up legal assistance but they do not represent people in court. If the matter is one that requires ongoing assistance or representation in court the Liaison Officer would refer a client to a lawyer within Legal Aid ACT and would support the client to complete the legal aid application as required.
The Legal Liaison Officers can assist with a broad range of matters including:
- Help with family violence matters including information and advice on how to apply for a Family Violence Order, how the court process works and referring you to the Legal Aid ACT Family Violence team for specific assistance and support with your matter.
- Information about Care and Protection Orders and Family Law Parenting Orders.
- Information about family law matters and referral to Legal Aid ACT lawyers for ongoing advice and assistance.
- Explaining the court process in criminal matters and assisting with completion of applications for legal aid. We can provide information about general criminal matters, for example, assault, theft and driving traffic matters such as drink or drug driving, speeding offences or parking tickets.
- Information about employment matters, residential tenancy disputes and disputes around unpaid debts and referrals to Legal Aid ACT for further help with these matters.
To see which day a Legal Liaison Officer will be at a specific College please view the calendar (142kb). Please check the calendar before making a booking.
Make a Booking
To make a booking with a Legal Liaison Officer please click here: