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Self Representation Service

LawRight operates the Self Representation Service.

LawRight is an independent, non-profit community based legal organisation that coordinates pro bono legal services for individuals and community groups.

The service provides free legal advice and assistance via offices in Brisbane and Townsville or by phone for people living outside of those areas.

Eligibility for Self Representation Service assistance

You will be eligible for assistance if your legal problem falls within one of the following areas:

  • administrative review
  • anti-discrimination
  • children and young people
  • guardianship and administration
  • information and privacy rights
  • manufactured homes
  • residential tenancies and rooming accommodation if it involves termination of an agreement or domestic violence issue
  • retirement villages.

Assistance provided may include:

  • legal advice, including advice about appealing a QCAT decision
  • help in drafting documents, including QCAT application forms and correspondence
  • advice about other options for dispute resolution
  • information about QCAT’s processes.

You can also ask LawRight for help if you are appealing a QCAT decision (even if your legal problem does not fall within one of the above areas).

LawRight may refuse to help you if:

  • your matter does not have a good chance of succeeding
  • you do not comply with the orders of QCAT or the advice of the Self Representation Service
  • you already have private legal assistance or can afford private legal assistance
  • you are eligible for legal aid
  • your request is so urgent, for example in relation to an imminent hearing, the service cannot effectively help you in time

LawRight does not provide tribunal representation and does not act on a person’s behalf. It may refer a matter if appropriate for further advice, support or representation.

Applying for assistance

People seeking assistance from the Service need to complete a LawRight application form (available from QCAT’s Brisbane registry or the LawRight website).

LawRight will contact people eligible for assistance to arrange an appointment with a solicitor. If a person is not eligible for assistance, they will be notified of the reasons in writing.

Last reviewed
16 February 2017
Last updated
16 February 2017

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