Help with community-specific legal needs
LGBTIQ communities can have particular legal issues relating to their identities, including:
- Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, blood-borne virus status or lawful sexual activity
- Change of name and change of gender marker issues
- Police, judiciary or Corrections complaints
- Health complaints
- Privacy complaints
- Family violence (e.g. misidentification of affected family member or respondent based on LGBTIQ status, IVO applications affecting trans and gender diverse young people)
- Neighbourhood disputes
If you live in Victoria and have a legal issue related to your LGBTIQ identity, then please get in touch and we will call you to provide you with legal advice.
Help with everyday legal issues
We are currently only funded to help Thorne Harbour Health clients and trans and gender diverse people living in Victoria with their everyday legal problems such as:
- Fines and debt
- Centrelink issues (such as Disability Support Pension and debt appeals)
- Family violence intervention orders and personal safety intervention orders
- Name, gender marker and ID changes
- Criminal law
- Health complaints
- Evictions and tenancy disputes
- Employment issues (e.g. unfair dismissal)
If you are a current Thorne Harbour Health client, ask your worker for a referral. If you are a trans and gender diverse person living in Victoria, please get in touch, or ask Transgender Victoria for a referral.
The LGBTIQ Legal Service can also provide referrals to private law firms, health services and housing organisations that have expressed a desire to offer safe and inclusive services to the LGBTIQ community. If you need a referral, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Ongoing legal representation (casework) is decided on a case-by-case basis. As a small non-profit organisation, we are unable to take on all matters. For more information, see our casework guidelines.
Translators and interpreters
We are able to provide phone translation services for languages other than English. Please call TIS National on 131 450 and ask them to call us. Alternatively, please send a text to 0490 086 090 with the language you speak and the number you would like us to call you on, and we will call you with an interpreter during business hours.
Get in touch with the LGBTIQ Legal Service for general inquiries, legal help and advice.Get in touch
What we can’t help with
As a small community legal centre, we unfortunately cannot help with these areas of law:
Family law includes parenting disputes, child custody arrangements, property settlement and IVF legal issues.
If you are LGBTIQ and need help with a family law issue and have a connection with the City of Darebin or the City of Yarra, please contact Fitzroy Legal Service on (03) 9419 3744
Alternatively, please contact Victoria Legal Aid on 1300 792 387 for a referral.
If you need free immigration law advice, you can contact Refugee Legal on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 am and 2 pm
If you are an asylum seeker you can contact the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre on (03) 9326 6066
Alternatively, you can Victoria Legal Aid on 1300 792 387
Justice Connect can help connect people experiencing disadvantage with private lawyers, and can also provide assistance in not-for-profit law for small community groups. Get help here.
If you need a referral to a private lawyer, please contact the Law Institute of Victoria on 9607 9550.
Other service providers
Depending on your needs, there are lots of other service providers who might be able to help you, many of which are also free. Visit our page of recommendations here.