What we can do for you

We provide the following services for homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 25 and under: 

  • court representation on criminal charges, traffic matters and apprehended violence orders
  • advice on dealing with police
  • help to deal with unpaid fines
  • assistance with victims compensation claims criminal charges

We also provide advice and referrals in relation to other legal issues including:

  • general legal rights for young people, including leaving home, medical treatment, contracts, school issues
  • family law, including child protection law 
  • complaints and appeals against government decisions
  • tenancy 
  • employment
  • discrimination
  • debts
We can sometimes assist young people who are not homeless or disadvantaged, but who have difficulty finding legal assistance elsewhere.

We are a New South Wales based service, and cannot give legal advice on interstate matters, but we may be able to refer clients to interstate legal services.

The Shopfront also provides information about and referrals to other services including accommodation, health, alcohol and other drug services, financial assistance, and specialised counselling.

If you are under 18 and need urgent advice about police or criminal law issues, you can call the Legal Aid Youth Hotline on 1800 10 18 10. They are open from 9am to midnight Monday to Thursday, and 24 hours weekends and public holidays.