Free legal service

If you require free legal advice or assistance, speak to a lawyer at one of our Advice Bureaus located in New South Wales and Queensland.

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People in Queensland who are seeking asylum can also access free legal services through our Asylum Seeker Clinic.


We can provide you with free legal services in the following areas:

  • Police matters
  • Family & children’s law
  • Migration & refugee law
  • Human rights & public interest law
  • Credit & debt
  • Housing law
  • Social security law

We are unable to assist in the following areas, but can refer you to another appropriate service for assistance:

  • Wills and estates. We provide wills and estates services on a paid basis through our commercial practice
  • Employment
  • Workers compensation
  • Family law property disputes
  • Property disputes, including issues regarding conveyancing and strata matters
  • Student & business visas
  • Civil matters involving those seeking damages, compensation or some form of payment from another party

About us

Salvos Legal Humanitarian commenced in 2010 and is now recognised as a leading provider of free legal services for socially and economically disadvantaged people across New South Wales and Queensland.

We provide free legal services to hundreds of clients every week across our sixteen offices. Our clients are often from low socio-economic backgrounds and have been unable to access legal assistance from other services.

We are a strong team of skilled and passionate lawyers and migration agents and have a wide panel of barristers who may also offer their services free of charge. We provide high-end and well-resourced one-off advice or limited assistance (subject to our Means & Merits Test) in circumstances where disadvantaged individuals are facing social injustice.

We believe that no-one should be without a trusted legal advisor in their time of need, and understand the significant benefit to individuals and our society through the protection and advancement of human rights.

Our aim is not only to exist as a law firm. We recognise that our clients often have other pressing non-legal needs and are managing other complicated issues in their lives. To this end, we can engage clients with other Salvation Army social and pastoral services such as drug & alcohol recovery, employment assistance, housing, welfare, counselling, financial management and aged care.


What our clients say

“What an amazing team. Four months ago, when I went to Auburn I was afraid that Salvos wouldn’t accept my case and that I would have a very complicated start in Australia. Now I feel blessed for having met you all.” Gui, Salvos Legal Humanitarian client October 2016