Legal advice

We provide free and confidential legal help to people who live, work or study in the Gippsland region, including the shires of Baw Baw, Latrobe Valley, South Gippsland, Bass Coast, Wellington and East Gippsland.

To book an appointment for legal advice or information, please call 1800 004 402 (free call)                        or (03) 5135 9550

** Please note:  we do not provide legal advice via email

We offer:

  • Legal information and referrals to other services when needed
  • Legal advice and some representation to eligible clients
  • Advocacy and support services


Primary Focus Areas include:


1.    Family Violence

  • Intervention orders - mention and directions hearings
  • Family Law - children's matters. Out of court negotiation, Legal Assisted Family Dispute Resolutions

2.    Homelessness

  • Tenancy (tenants only, not landlords)
  • Mortgage areas (potential advice to people facing imminent homelessness)

3.    Employment

  • Contacting third parties to attempt early resolution of legal issues
  • Casework determined on a case-by-case basis

4.    Health

  • Infringements
  • Debt
  • Mental Health Advocacy and Advance Statements
  • Guardianship and Administration

GCLS cannot help with:

  • Child protection or adoption
  • Immigration advice
  • Conveyancing
  • Personal injury / negligence
  • Transport Accident Commission
  • Advice to Businesses

The GCLS Client Charter


Open a copy of our client charter here