Seek legal assistance for debt related issues

Find a community legal service, consumer credit legal service or information about Justice Connect's Self Representation Service.

Community legal services and legal aid

Community legal centres and legal aid agencies offer free legal advice, with services available in each state and territory.

Consumer credit legal services

Consumer credit legal services offer free advice and resources for consumers in financial stress - they focus on the area of consumer credit – for example issues with credit cards, debts or repayments.

Get legal advice to represent yourself in court

If you need to attend the Federal Court or the Federal Circuit Court for a bankruptcy matter and cannot afford legal representation, there is help available for matters in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT.

The Self Representation Service is a federally funded program provided by Justice Connect.

The Service can provide you with an appointment with a lawyer, during which you can receive:

  • assistance to ensure you have the documents and information required to appear in court
  • legal advice
  • help to correctly prepare documents and complete court forms
  • advice on dispute resolution options and
  • an explanation of court processes.

Please note: the Self Representation Service provides discrete assistance with particular tasks; it does not provide representation.

Contact Justice Connect

You can contact Justice Connect’s Self Representation Service on 1800 727 550 between 9.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

The Service accepts requests from individuals for assistance as well as referrals from other legal services and caseworkers.

More information about the Self Representation Service is available on the Justice Connect website.

Australian Federal Courts

Get information about the Courts' processes from: