- Information about what you can do if you disagree with a Centrelink decision.
- The National Welfare Rights Network also has fact sheets about many common Centrelink issues.
Consumer credit and debt
- Scams: Easy English fact sheet
- Credit reports
- How do I get a copy of my credit report?
- Before you sign a contract with either a service provider or for a purchase, familiarise yourself with information on how Australian Consumer Law Standards apply to goods and services.
- Car loans
- Credit cards
- Getting a loan
- Mobile phones
- Keeping yourself out of debt
- Debt problems: the law, your options
- Debt collectors
- Weighing it up: A consumer guide to bankruptcy
- Utility bills
For more fact sheets on this topic go to:
Fact sheets include: Credit, Dealing with Debt and Debt Collectors, Energy and Water, Motor Vehicles, Time Share, Buying Goods and Services, Banking, Insurance, Taking Action.
Criminal law and Police powers
- Cyber-bullying and sexting
- Graffiti laws
- Street Laws and police powers
- Legal fact sheet: police powers
- Police powers: Your rights in Victoria
- Your rights on arrest
- Powers of bouncers and security guards
For fact sheets in relation to various criminal offences go to Victoria Legal Aid.
- Information on discrimination: Know your rights
- Equal Opportunity Act 2010 – quick guide
- Discrimination and renting
- Racial discrimination
- Gender identity or sexual orientation
- Disability discrimination
For more legal information on this topic go to:
- Employment rights fact sheet
- Bullying at work
- Casual employment
- Employment contracts
- Unfair dismissal
- Unfair dismissal self-representation kit
- Unpaid trial work
- Getting paid and payslips
For more fact sheets on this topic go to:
Fact sheets include: Casual Employment, Constructive Dismissal, Employee or independent contractor, Employment contracts: Changes to your existing contract, Hazards of Door to Door Selling, Independent Contracting Traps, Notice of Termination, Redundancy and Retrenchment, Superannuation, Unpaid Trial Work, Unfair Dismissal Conciliation Self-Representation Kit, Unlawful Wage Deductions and Warnings, Working Overseas.
Fines, including public transport, driving and parking
- Avoid fines on public transport
- Getting a fine when you are over 18
- Getting a fine when you are under 18
- Fines: What are my options?
- Fines: The law, your options
- Parking: the law and you
- Protective Services Officers have the power to issue on-the-spot fines for public transport infringements and behavioural offences, such as travelling without a ticket, swearing or drinking in public.
Going to Court
- Your day in court: A guide for people who are representing themselves in the Magistrates' Court
- Going to Court? We can help - Court Network
- Going to court for a traffic offence
- Going to court for a criminal charge
- Duty lawyers at court for criminal charges
Intervention orders and domestic violence
- Family violence intervention orders
- Personal safety intervention orders
- What can happen at an intervention order hearing
- Family violence and the law
For more information on this topic go to Victoria Legal Aid.
Personal injury claims
- Private Lives: Your guide to privacy law in Australia
- Privacy Victoria
- Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Renting and tenancy
For more fact sheets on this topic go to the Tenants Union of Victoria.
Fact sheets include: Avoiding Eviction for Rent Arrears, Applying for a Private Rental Property, Assignment and Subletting, Bonds, Breaking a Lease, Complaints About Landlords and Real Estate Agents, Defending a Compensation Claim, Ending a Tenancy, Eviction, Notices to vacate, Pets, Rent Increases, Shared Households, Starting a Tenancy, The Landlord is Selling, The Tribunal, Utility Charges, When you get a Breach of Duty Notice, When You Want to Leave.
Traffic accidents and driving problems
- Self-help guide to motor vehicle accident claims
- Making a claim on your car insurance
- I’ve had a car accident and I’m uninsured
- Motor vehicle accidents – general information
- Hoon driving laws
- Traffic offences
- Demerit points
- Going to court for traffic offences
- Driving Offences
Victims of crime
- Help! I’m a Victim of Crime
- Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal legal information
- Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal
- A Victim's Guide to Support Services and the Criminal Justice System
- Sex and the law
- Sexual assault: what you can do
- Victoria Legal Aid: Victims of crime
Wills, estates and powers of attorney
- About Wills. Who can make a will? Who can draw up a will?
- Deceased estates
- Powers of attorney - Office of the Public Advocate
For other useful fact sheets and legal information go to:
- The Law Handbook, a practical online guide to law in Victoria includes 35 fact sheets which provide an introduction to different areas of the law and are intended to be a general legal resource.
- Victoria Legal Aid also has a comprehensive online legal information service for a whole range of legal problems
- LawStuff has legal information for children and young people in Australia
Keep it safe on Public Transport
Have you noticed Protective Services Officers (PSOs) at a train station near you?
They have the power to issue on-the-spot fines for public transport infringements and behavioural offences, such travelling without a ticket, swearing or drinking in public.
Fines are expensive! Expect to pay at least:
- $212 for travelling without a valid ticket
- $1000 for carrying a knife
- $276 for being drunk in public or behaving in a disorderly way
- $700 for having a spray can on public transport.
Avoid offences that may lead to a fine. Keep your Myki validated when you are travelling on public transport and be respectful of others in public places.
If you do receive a fine, check out this fact sheet for information about what to do next.
For free legal assistance, contact the Student Legal Service today.