Our Solicitors provide free legal advice and assistance to individuals via face to face or phone appointments at our Southport office and outreach clinics right across the Gold Coast region.

Family Law

The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre can provide advice and assistance on a wide range of family law issues, including but not limited to, parenting matters, child support and divorce.

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Domestic Violence

Our solicitors are experienced in identifying and providing advice and assistance about domestic violence, including but not limited to, protection orders. This is also available as a mobile service.

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Consumer Disputes

Disputes can be stressful to handle but there are claim processes that may be available to assist. We can advise on your rights, how to make a complaint and much more.

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Minor Criminal & Traffic Matters

The Centre can provide advice and assistance on many minor criminal and traffic matters, including but not limited to, speeding, drink driving and stealing goods. We can also assist with work licences and special hardship orders.

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Civil & Other Legal Matters

The Centre can advise on a number of generalist legal areas, including: Minor Debts, Neighbourhood Disputes, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Employment Law, Tenancy & Body Corporate Matters, Centrelink Disputes & Welfare Rights Issues.

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Duty Lawyer Services

We attend the Southport Domestic Violence Court multiple times a week to provide immediate assistance and court representation to people appearing for their domestic violence matters.

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Elder Abuse Prevention Service

The Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Service (EAPSS) is a program provided by the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre, in conjunction with Relationships Australia.

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Mental Health Review Tribunal

In mid-2017, the Gold Coast Community Legal Centre started working as a preferred supplier for Legal Aid Queensland in the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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Night Clinic

Our walk-in night clinic operates every Tuesday evening from 5pm, at our Southport Office. It runs on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with no appointment necessary.

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Community Legal Education

The Gold Coast Community Legal Centre provides free legal information sessions to not-for-profit community organisations and individuals. These sessions are usually provided face to face and in groups.

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Outreach Clinics

To make it more convenient to access our legal services, we operate ‘Outreach Clinics’ at various locations within the Gold Coast region.

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Law Students Practical Experience

We aim to provide opportunities for law students to be engaged with the Centre to be able to get practical legal experience whilst completing their law degree.

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Appointments are available from Monday to Friday with our first appointment at 9am and our last appointment at 3pm.

We also offer a walk-in Night Clinic on Tuesday evenings from 5pm, for those who can’t make it during the day for an appointment time.

Areas Of Law We Can Advise On:

If in doubt about whether we can assist you with your matter, please call us on 07 5532 9611 and reception will advise you whether our Solicitors can assist or we may refer you to another organisation.

Areas Of Law We Do Not Advise On:

  • Class action matters
  • Commercial & business matters
  • Complex litigation and civil matters
  • Conveyancing
  • Defamation
  • Discrimination
  • Immigration law
  • Intellectual property and copyright
  • Legal matters and laws of other States, Territories and Countries
  • Medical negligence
  • Native title
  • Personal injuries
  • Representation in court
  • The actual preparation of wills and powers of attorneys

Our Solicitors cannot sign certificates of independent legal advice, certificates for guarantors for loans and advanced health directives.

If we cannot provide you with advice on a particular matter, we will make an effort to provide you with an appropriate referral to another service.

Booking Appointments

Prior to making an appointment by phone or using our online contact form, please have the following information available:

  • Your full name
  • The full name of the other party or the company name who you have a dispute with
  • A brief description of your legal issue

Please note that we cannot make an appointment without this information.

Interpreters Or Special Circumstances

If you require an interpreter or have other special circumstances that would affect our ability to give you legal advice, please inform reception when making the appointment. Our volunteers can tell the Solicitor what you require to access our services and we may make certain arrangements to ensure you can receive legal advice.

Eligibility

All residents of the Gold Coast region are able to seek legal advice and assistance from the Centre. We do not have a merits test or a financial means test.

We will require you to provide the full name of the other party or the company that is involved with the dispute when you book your appointment. Sometimes we may not be able to give you advice because of a conflict of interest.

There may also be times when we are fully booked, there is an unavailability of solicitors in certain outreach locations or we may otherwise be unable to assist with your legal matter. In those circumstances, we will provide you with alternate referral links to seek legal advice or request that you call back.

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