Areas of law and Services

Generalist legal service
Telephone advice
Tuesday and Thursday evening legal advice services
Welfare rights service
Registered migration agency
Seniors Legal and Support Service
Family law advice

Generalist legal serviceBack to top

We can:

Give you initial legal advice;
Refer you to private solicitors;
Refer you to other legal service providers; and
Refer you to other appropriate agencies.

We undertake casework as our resources permit.

We also engage in:

Community legal education;
Community development projects; and
Legal policy.

Telephone adviceBack to top

We can provide legal information, referrals and advice to people in rural and remote areas of North Queensland who cannot attend our office in person.

Tuesday and Thursday evening legal advice servicesBack to top

We offer legal advice by appointment on Thursdays between 6pm and 8pm and Tuesdays between 5pm and 7.30pm.

We can advise on most legal matters during our Thursday evening legal advice service. However, we cannot advise on personal injuries, native title, conveyancing or provide mortgage certification.

We only advise on family law issues during our Tuesday evening legal advice service.

We refer clients to private solicitors and other agencies where appropriate.

The Thursday evening legal advice service would not be possible without the volunteers who generously provide their time and expertise to support TCLS and its objectives.

Please phone 07 4721 5511 during office hours to make an appointment.

Welfare rights serviceBack to top

Townsville Community Legal Service is a member of the National Welfare Rights Network.

We can help you to:

Access your Department of Human Services (Centrelink) files using Freedom of Information legislation;
Appeal decisions made by the Department of Human Services;
In some circumstances, we can represent you in the the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or the Federal Court.

The National Welfare Rights Network's website has information on many common Centrelink issues.

National Welfare Rights Network

Registered migration agencyBack to top

Our Registered Migration Agent and lawyer (William Mitchell MARN 0215663) can provide migration advice and assistance by appointment.

In Australia, only individuals who are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority and who are listed on the Register of Migration Agents can provide immigration assistance, except where an exemption is provided for by the Migration Act 1958 and or the Migration Agents Regulations 1998.

The following links allow you to search for a Registered Migration Agent and to read the Migration Agent Code of Conduct:

Click here to search for a Registered Migration Agent on the Migration Agents Registration Authority's website.
Click here to read the Migration Agent Code of Conduct.

Seniors Legal and Support ServiceBack to top

We provide free legal and support services for seniors concerned about elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation.

We can help if you are experiencing, witnessing or concerned about elder abuse.

We can:

Provide information, advice and support regarding elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation;
Provide short-term counselling;
Provide information on your legal rights;
Refer you to other legal, consumer and support services;
Represent you in court or before tribunals (in certain circumstances); and
Provide community education.

Click here for more information on the Seniors Legal and Support Service.

Family law adviceBack to top

We can give you initial family law advice.

If you are going through the Family Relationship Centre intake process, you may be referred to us for family law advice.