RMIT Student Legal Service

If you have a legal question or need advice, we offer free and confidential help to all current RMIT students.

Service overview

The RMIT Student Legal Service is run by qualified lawyers who can provide advice and information to students on a range of legal issues.

Contact us and our lawyer will respond to you within three working days, or refer you to a more suitable legal service, if appropriate.

What can the Student Legal Service assist with?

Our lawyers can help with:

  • Fines, including public transport (MYKI), driving, toll and parking
  • Traffic accidents and driving problems
  • Renting and tenancy
  • Employment law
  • Criminal law and police powers
  • Consumer and debt matters
  • Safety-related matters (in an emergency contact police on 000)

When you first speak to one of our lawyers, they’ll advise you how much assistance they can provide. This may involve:

  • Legal information and referrals by email that may assist you to resolve your own legal problems
  • One-off legal advice (we will explain the law as it relates to your legal problem, outline your legal options and may guide you in pursuing your legal options)
  • Casework support in limited circumstances (this may involve writing letters on your behalf and helping with negotiations, etc).

What can't the Student Legal Service do?

While we aim to provide assistance to as many students as possible, we usually cannot offer ongoing assistance in individual cases. We do not provide court representation but can offer appropriate referrals.

We also specifically do not assist with:

  • Legal matters against RMIT (see RUSU Student Rights)
  • Legal matters against other RMIT students
  • Related matters where the service had previously acted for the other party 
  • Property law (e.g. conveyancing)
  • Commercial law (e.g. setting up a business)
  • Migration law
  • Family law (e.g. arrangements for children, property settlements, child protection matters)
  • Mediation
  • Wills
  • Intellectual property (e.g. trademark or copyright law)
  • Academic matters.

For legal matters we cannot help with, please contact the Victorian Legal Aid Helpline on 1300 792 387.

Contact RMIT Student Legal Service

It is recommended that you send an enquiry first. By sending an enquiry, you will receive targetted legal information and links. Additionally, you will also be advised on what you need to bring to an appointment, if an appointment is the next step.

To book an appointment, click on the "Book an appointment" button above, then select "Legal" as the service area and one of our team will get back to you within three working days. Please note, to send an enquiry or book an appointment, you’ll need to log in with your RMIT ID number and password.

You can also book an appointment by calling Student Connect on +61 3 9925 5000 and selecting the option for "Student support services", then "Support for housing, welfare and legal advice" (Student Connect phoneline operating hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Thu, 10am-5pm Fri, excluding public holidays).

Legal appointments are available 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays (times may vary week-to-week). Appointments are available at City campus – location details will be provided upon booking.

Unsure if your issue is a legal matter? Please book an appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor (select Student Welfare as the service area) before making an appointment with our lawyer.

Disclaimer

The RMIT Student Legal Service website contains general information only. This information is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice. RMIT Student Legal Service does not accept liability for any action taken based on information contained on this site or for any loss suffered as a result of reliance on information contained on this site. If you would like advice regarding a specific problem, please contact the RMIT Student Legal Service.

This service receives funding from SSAF

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.