Useful Links

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre is one of several legal and advocacy services that provide free legal advice and advocacy to people living in the Loddon Campaspe region. We hope that the following useful links to other services will assist you.

Victoria Legal Aid (Bendigo)

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) provides advice and assistance in relation to criminal law, family breakdown, family violence and civil law matters.

424 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
PO Box 1006, Bendigo 3552
T (03) 5448 2333 or 1800 254 500 (if calling from outside Bendigo)
F 5448 2300
bendigo@vla.vic.gov.au
www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

Advice Services

Telephone Advice (Melbourne): Monday-Friday 8.45am-5.15pm, 1800 677 402 (country callers)

Outreach

Castlemaine, Echuca, Kerang, Kyneton, Swan Hill, Malmsbury Youth Training Centre, Loddon and Tarrengower prisons. Please note: Victoria Legal Aid (Ballarat Office, 5329 6222) provides outreach to Maryborough by appointment.

Duty Lawyers

Criminal charges, traffic offences and family violence matters: Magistrates’ Courts – Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca, Kerang, Kyneton, Maryborough and Swan Hill.

Children’s Court – Bendigo

Family law asssitance is also available at the Federal Magistrates’ Court – Bendigo.

Workshops

Infringements court, wills, powers of attorney, divorce (various locations as per demand)

Centrelink Service

Victoria Legal Aid provides a free legal service that visits its Bendigo office to help residents understand and take up their rights in dealing with Centrelink.

T 1300 792 387

Housing Justice

Housing Justice provides advice, information and assistance to tenants about their rights and responsibilities, the Victorian Civil and Administration Tribunal (VCAT), negotiating with landlords and real estate agents. Housing Justice helps clients to stand up for themselves. They can also speak on tenants behalf or assist with letter writing. (Housing Justice is another program of the Advocacy and Rights Centre.)

171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
PO Box 432, Bendigo 3552
T (03) 5445 0990 or 1800 450 990 (if calling from outside Bendigo)
F (03) 5444 0784
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
admin@housingjustice.org.au
www.housingjustice.org.au

Seniors Rights Victoria

Seniors Rights Victoria is a Melbourne-based specialist community legal centre that provides legal advice and advocacy for older people, friends, family members and service providers concerned about elder abuse or the exploitation of older people.

Level 4, 98 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
T 1300 368 821
10am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
www.seniorsrights.org.au

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria provides advice and assistance to consumers and traders in relation to renting and accommodation, estate agents, building, shopping, credit and trading in Victoria.

18-20 St Andrews Avenue, Bendigo
T (03) 4433 3100 or 1300 558 181 (Consumer Affairs Helpline)
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
www.consumer.vic.gov.au

Everyday-Law

A website for Victorians looking for answers to legal questions, needing to find free or low-cost legal help, or wanting to learn about the legal system: “a good place to start to solve your legal problems and find free or low-cost legal advice in Victoria.” Produced by the Victoria Law Foundation.
www.everyday-law.org.au

Law Institute of Victoria Referral Helpline

The Law Institute’s Referral Service offers online referrals to lawyers by legal issue, location and area of law. You can search for Accredited Specialists, Arbitrators and Mediators.
www.liv.asn.au/find-a-lawyer

Regional Information & Advocacy Council

An association of self-help groups, individuals with disabilities, carers and family members of people with disabilities. RIAC provides individual advocacy and support for people with a disabilty, their family and carers.

PO Box 2219, Bendigo Delivery Centre, Bendigo 3554
T (03) 5443 0550 or 1800 221 944
Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm
admin@riac.org.au
www.riac.org.au

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council provides advocacy, support and information for people experiencing mental health issues.

Building 1, 22 Aintree Street, East Brunswick
T (03) 9380 3900

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Its solicitors are specialised in criminal law, family law or civil law. VALS also employs Indigenous Client Service Officers (CSOs), some of whom are based in regional centres. CSOs can help if you are arrested or in prison.

24 Hour Service: (03) 9419 3888 or Toll Free 1800 064 865
Head Office
6 Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy
vals@vals.org.au
www.vals.org.au

Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria

The Aboriginal Family Violence and Prevention Legal Service helps victims of family violence and sexual assault and works with families and communities affected by violence.

Level 3, 70-80 Wellington St, Collingwood
T (03) 9244 3333 or 1800 105 303 (country callers)
information@fvpls.org
www.fvpls.org

Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-op

The Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-op provides health and well-being, early childhood, housing, disability and youth services.
13-15 Forest St, Bendigo
T (03) 5442 4947
www.bdac.com.au

Bendigo Family & Financial Services

Bendigo Family & Financial Services provides case management services and delivers community education programs and projects that provide better financial skills and services to clients.
26-28 St Andrews Avenue, Bendigo
T (03) 5441 5277

Bendigo Magistrates’ Court

Bendigo Magistrates’ Court hears including applications for family violence Intervention Orders. Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre delivers a Family Violence Legal Service at the court.
Pall Mall, Bendigo
T (03) 5440 4140

Bendigo Uniting Care Outreach

Bendigo Uniting Care Outreach assists members of the local community experiencing financial hardship.
Emergency Relief Centre
25 Forest St, PO Box 365, Bendigo 3552
T (03) 5443 4972

Centre Against Sexual Assault

The Centre Against Sexual Assault responds to the needs of recent and past survivors of sexual assault. It also advocates for change in the social, economic, medical, political and legal systems.
PO Box 764, Bendigo 3552
T (03) 5441 0430
www.casalc.com.au

CatholicCare Sandhurst

CatholicCare Sandhurst provides parenting and family relationship workshops, counselling, family dispute resolution and employee assistance programs.

65 Baxter Street
Bendigo VIC 3552
T (03) 5438 1301
F  (03) 5438 1314
enquiries@ccds.org.au

Centre for Non-Violence

The Centre for Non-Violence supports women and children experiencing domestic violence and runs a Men’s Behaviour Change program.
437 Hargreaves St, PO Box 958, Bendigo 3552
T (03) 5430 3000
info@cnv.org.au
www.cnv.org.au

Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria

The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria provides free and confidential dispute resolution and mediation services.
107 Baxter St, Bendigo 3550
T (03) 5438 1550
www.disputes.vic.gov.au

Haven; Home, Safe

Haven provides housing, homelessness and support services.It also develops new housing options for people seeking affordable housing alternatives.
10-16 Forest St, PO Box 212, Bendigo 3550
T (03) 5444 9000
bendigo@haven.org.au
www.lmhs.com.au

National Welfare Rights Network

The peak community organisation in the area of social security law, policy and administration.
T (02) 9211 5389
national@welfarerights.org.au
www.welfarerights.org.au

Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre

The Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre is a community legal centre specialising in all aspects of refugee and immigration law, policy and practice.
Advice and Casework Services
T (03) 9413 0100
rilc@rilc.org.au
www.rilc.org.au

Salvation Army (Bendigo)

The Salvation Army provide aged care, addiction, counselling and many other services.
Emergency Relief Centre
65-71 Mundy St, Bendigo
T (03) 5440 8450

State Trustees

State Trustees help Victorians manage and adminster their financial affairs. They may be able to assist with wills, Powers of Attorney (Financial), deceased estate administration and personal financial administration.
41 Edward St, Bendigo
T (03) 9667 6466 or 1300 138 672

Anglicare

Anglicare provides a Disability Support Program, Financial Counselling, Gambler’s Help, a No Interest Loan Scheme, a Victims Assistance Program, and Children, Youth and Family services.
Youth Services & Business Office
10 Mundy Street, Bendigo
T (03) 5434 3922

Children & Family Services
175-187 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
T (03) 5440 1100

Eaglehawk
9 High Street, Eaglehawk
T (03) 5430 1200

Echuca
51-53 Heygarth Street, Echuca
T (03) 5482 0900

Tenants Union of Victoria

The Tenants Union of Victoria is a community legal centre specialising in residential tenancy law. They provide legal advice and publications for tenants and undertake research to deliver social change.
T (03) 9416 2577
www.tuv.org.au

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee provides health services, information and support for all women in the Loddon Mallee region.
47 Myers St, Bendigo 3550
T (03) 5443 0233
www.whlm.org.au

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