About the LGBTIQ Legal Service

About the service

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is a state-wide, free community legal service for Victorians provided by St Kilda Legal Service.

Our vision

A fair, safe and inclusive Victoria where every LGBTIQ+ person is treated with dignity and respect before the law.

Our mission

To improve the lives of LGBTIQ+ people in Victoria by providing safe and inclusive legal services and addressing systemic inequality.

What we do

In addition to legal advice and representation, we also engage in community legal education and professional legal training, advocacy, law reform, education and media. Read more about what we do.

We are an inclusive service with a specialised understanding of LGBTIQ+ community-specific legal needs. Our staff and volunteer team are largely comprised of members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Our history

We started as a health justice partnership funded by the Victoria Law Foundation based at Thorne Harbour Health, but have expanded to a state-wide service responding to specific LGBTIQ+ legal need.

From 2019-2021, we ran a 2 year project the ‘Roberta Perkins Law Project’ which was a community project funded by the City of Melbourne and run in partnership with Transgender Victoria to address the everyday legal problems and specific legal needs of trans and gender diverse people living in Victoria.

In 2021, we expended our service to provide family violence legal support for LGBTIQ+ people.

In 2019, we were recognised by the Law Institute of Victoria as the 2019 Community Organisation of the Year.

Staff Profiles

Hilary Knack

Manager of the LGBTIQ+ Legal Service • full-time • she/her

Hilary is a queer woman who joined the Service in November 2020. Hilary has a strong background in family violence related legal practise in the community legal assistance sector and brings over 20 years of experience working with the LGBTIQ+ community across Australia.

Alex Partington

LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer • part-time • she/her

Alex is a queer woman who joined the Service in September 2019 after leaving the private legal sector. Alex’s areas of interest include criminal law, discrimination law and victims of crime compensation.

Sarah-Jo Watt-Linnett

LGBTIQ Project Support and Community Engagement Officer • part-time • she/her

Sarah-jo is a queer Wiradjuri woman living, working and nurturing on the lands of the Boon Wurrong and Wurundjeri people in Naarm (Melbourne). Not a lawyer, Sarah-jo supports the everyday functioning of the Service, wrangles with technology, and organises things.

Our supporters

We are a grateful recipient of a Department of Premier and Cabinet LGBTIQ Capacity Building grant, which allowed us to build this website.

Contact us

Get in touch with the LGBTIQ Legal Service for general inquiries, legal help and advice.

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