Hobart Community Legal Service
Welcome to the Hobart Community Legal Service
Free legal assistance for you and your community
HCLS Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19
Our New Working Arrangements
From today until further notice our front doors are closed. Our reception will no longer be open to the public for face-to-face contact. Our switchboard will continue to operate albeit for reduced hours:
9.00am – 2.00pm Monday – Friday
We will continue to be available by telephone and email. Leave a message on the message-bank if your call is unanswered and a staff member will contact you as soon as is practicable. Direct contact with our staff is now restricted in order to comply with health and safety requirements. Meetings and conferences will be conducted via electronic means, barring exceptional circumstances.
We hope the arrangements we have in place will allow you to obtain the assistance you need. We wish to continue to provide the same level of service.
Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.
Hobart Community Legal Service
31 March 2020
We can offer you
Free Legal Assistance
Finding legal assistance when you need it doesn’t have to be difficult. We offer free legal information, referrals and limited representation to people and communities in southern Tasmania. We can help you with most legal issues, from Centrelink or consumer rights issues, to employment law, family violence, child support or criminal matters.Find out more
Free Legal Information Evenings
Do you have questions about a legal matter? Not sure who to turn to? Come along to a free legal information evening and talk to a lawyer. We offer information and referrals for most legal matters – and you don’t even have to make an appointment.Find out when and where
The Tasmanian Law Handbook
The Tasmanian Law Handbook is an easy-to-read online guide for anyone interested in the law, or looking for information a legal matter – from the criminal justice system, to income and government assistance, family law, consumer issues and debt.Search the Handbook
Areas we service
The Hobart Community Legal Service offers free legal information, advice, and representation services to people and communities in southern Tasmania.
We can help with
Are you having problems with Centrelink? Do you need help to understand your welfare rights, or manage debts or an appeals process? Our Welfare Rights Service can provide you with free information, advice and representation to help get you back on track.
Understanding and managing child support or family law matters can be difficult and challenging. We can support you with advice on all aspects of the Child Support Scheme, and free legal information on all areas of family law.
Trying to resolve a dispute with your telco, insurance company or credit provider can be time consuming, frustrating and costly. Our free service offers you legal information and advice to help you manage your consumer issue or dispute. Call 1 800 232 500 and leave your details for a call back.
Are you dealing with a traffic offence, family violence matter or other minor criminal issue? Talk to us about obtaining free and confidential legal advice, information and representation.
If you’re experiencing a dispute at work, you need to know your rights. We can help you obtain legal advice and representation for workplace issues ranging from unfair dismissal or discrimination to workplace bullying and underpaid wages.
Family violence and elder abuse can affect anyone, and it can have a devastating impact on everyone involved. If you, or people close to you, have been affected by family violence or elder abuse and you need legal advice, we’re here to help.