Legal Resources Guide
A GUIDE TO INTERNET LEGAL RESOURCES IN AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Community legal centre offering a specialised legal and business advice and referral service. Professional development resources and advocacy for artists and arts organisations.
Grant and maintain Patents, Designs and Trademarks.
National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC)
Association of state community legal centre organisations in Australia.
Office of Fair Trading
Protect the interests of the ACT and its residents by improving community safety and access to justice, and by promoting fair dealing and safety in the marketplace.
FIDO Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
Free independent resolution of complaints and disputes regarding telecommunications services.
Australian Banking Industry Ombudsman
Dispute resolution service dealing with disputes that individuals and small business have with their financial providers.
Mortgage Industry Ombudsman Scheme
Independent dispute resolution process free of charge to customers of the Mortgage Industry Association of Australasia (MIAA).
Consumer Credit Code Website
Details of the code governing all credit transactions in Australia.
Financial Industry Complaints Service (FICS)
Provide free advice and assistance in relation to complaints with the financial services industry.
Credit Union Dispute Resolution Centre
Free independent resolution service for credit union members.
Insolvency Trustee Service Australia
Government agency responsible for the administration and regulation of the personal insolvency system.
ACT Courts and Tribunals
Federal Magistrates Service
Independent federal court.
ACT Community and Health Services Complaints Comissioner
Handles complaints about services provided to the aged, people with a disability and their carers, and consumers of any health services provided in the ACT.
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
National independent statutory government body.˜ HREOC investigate alleged anti-discrimination law infringements, undertake human rights education and conduct public inquiries.
ACT Human Rights Office
Administers the ACT Discrimination Act 1991
Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse
National resource on issues of domestic and family violence.
Australian Institute of Criminology
National focus for the study of crime and criminal justice in Australia and for the dissemination of criminal justice information.
Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Facilitate agreement between employers and employees, conciliate and work within industrial disputes.
Office of the Employment Advocate
Provide assistance and advice to employers and employees on the Workplace Relations Act 1996, particularly regarding Australian Workplace Agreements and freedom of association.
Responsible for workplace safety, rehabilitation and compensation in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.
Working Women's Centres
Information and advice to working women on a range of employment issues.
Government agency working primarily to eliminate death, disease and injury in the workplace.
Commonwealth government website with information on employment, workplace relations, government assistance, jobs, careers, training and wages.
Environmental Defenders Office
Community legal centre providing free legal advice, representation and community legal education on environmental matters.
Family Court of Australia
Family Law Online
Attorney-General's Department initiative.
Child Support Agency
Registrar General's Office - Births Deaths and Marriages
http://www.rgo.act.gov.au/home.htm then select Births Deaths and Marriages
Chief Minister's Department
ACT Urban Services
Community group website with current information on the ACT law reform process as it relates to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
Department of the Parliamentary Library
Assisting the ACT community by resolving complaints and improving government administration.
Office of the Community Advocate
Promote and individually represent the rights and interests of people with disabilities who are not able to represent or protect themselves.
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations
Leadership, information, advocacy and policy.˜ AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS.
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre
NSW community legal centre providing free legal advice and assistance in relation to immigration law matters.
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
Network of Australian lawyers active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights standards in Australia.
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Federal government department responsible for immigration.
Refugee Review Tribunal
Independent merits review tribunal which reviews decisions made by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs to refuse or cancel protection visas to non-citizens in Australia.
Migration Review Tribunal
Independent merits review body which reviews certain decisions made by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Independent review of administrative decisions made by the Commonwealth government and come non-government agencies.
Social Justice Commissioner
Office established within the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to deal with discrimination and disadvantage affecting Indigenous Australians.
National Network of Indigenous Women's Legal Services
All members of the network provide legal advice and assistance to Indigenous women and children.
Legal Aid Office ACT
Inform people of their legal rights and obligations and aim to improve their access to the justice system.
Australasian Legal Information Institute.
ACT Legislation Register
Communications Law Centre
Independent, non-profit, public interest organisation specialising in media, communications and online law and policy.
The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner
Promote privacy in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.
Registrar General's Office ú Land Titles
Receive, register and provide access to titles for land and transactions with land under legislation as well as providing a land titles searching facility.
http://www.rgo.act.gov.au/home.htm then select Land Titles
National Welfare Rights Network
Advice and assistance to individuals relating to their rights and entitlements under the Australian social security system.
Social Security Appeals Tribunal
Review decisions made in relation to social security, education or training payments.
Tenants' Union ACT Inc
Information, advice and legal assistance on tenants' rights and responsibilities and conduct community education.
Residential Tenancies Tribunal
Registrar General's Office ú Rental Bonds
http://www.rgo.act.gov.au then select Rental Bonds
National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)
National standards body.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
Australian government service.
Women's Information and Referral Centre
Provide a free and confidential information referral and support service to all women and their families on any issue.
National Children's and Youth Law Centre
Community legal centre providing legal advice, advocacy and education in respect of legal issues as they impact on children and young people.