Legal Advice

Peninsula Community Legal Centre offers legal advice on a broad range of matters including family law, criminal law and civil law. 

Telephone advice – 9783 3600

Monday to Thursday

Bookings made each day at 9am

Advice by appointment

Available at: Bentleigh, Cranbourne, Frankston, Frankston North and Rosebud

Night Service

Our night service is operated by our dedicated team of local volunteer lawyers and paralegals.  Appointments are available at Frankston, Bentleigh, Cranbourne and Rosebud.

Visiting Services

We provide appointments at our visiting services: Chelsea, Clayton South, Clyde North, Glen Huntly,  Hastings, Pakenham and Peninsula Health.  Please contact us to make an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers.

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 Duty Lawyer

Federal Circuit Court Dandenong – Family Law

Duty lawyers are available to assist people who have matters listed at Court on the day.   Assistance may also be offered to people making urgent applications if time permits.

Hours of operation:   Monday to Friday

Location: Federal Circuit Court 53-55 Robinson Street, Dandenong

Frankston Magistrates’ Court – Intervention Orders

Duty lawyers assist either applicants or respondents with advice, negotiation and representation for matters listed at Court that day.

They may also provide assistance with additional FV Services;

  • intervention order applications
  • urgent victim of crimes applications

Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and monthly Fridays

Location: Frankston Magistrates’ Court   15 Fletcher Road, Frankston

 Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) 

Duty Advocate Service

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday

Location: Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal

– Dandenong Magistrates’ Court   Cnr Pultney & Foster Streets, Dandenong (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

– Dromana Magistrates’ Court   Codrington St, Dromana (Wednesday)

– Frankston Magistrates’ Court   15 Fletcher Road, Frankston (Thursday)

– Moorabbin Justice Service Centre   1140 Nepean Hwy, Highett  (Tuesday)

Family Violence

PCLC assists people experiencing disadvantage who are facing legal issues arising out of family violence. This means that we assist with issues such as:

  • family violence and personal safety intervention orders
  • children living with and and spending time with their parents (previously called “custody and access” or “residence and contact”)
  • division of property after separation
  • separation and divorce
  • victims of crime applications

Fines Clinic

PCLC offers assistance and advice regarding outstanding fines including driving on toll roads without an e-tag, parking fines and public transport fines.

Advice by appointment available at 441 Nepean Highway, Frankston

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays t:  9783 3600
  • Evening appointments available:  Wednesday
  • Drop in advice service Thursdays from 9.30am to 12 noon (no appointment necessary)

Advice by appointment is also available at our Cranbourne Branch on Fridays.

Please phone 9783 3600 to make an appointment.

Come to the clinic prepared
To help us give you as much support and advice as possible in your Clinic session, it is important that you bring along all your outstanding fines and any other paperwork you have received in relation to them.

Tenancy Assistance and Advocacy Program

The Tenancy Assistance and Advocacy Program assists private tenants, rooming house residents and caravan park residents, who live in the Southern Metropolitan and Bayside Peninsula regions of Melbourne. Priority is given to people who are victims of family violence or financially disadvantaged and may also have a vulnerability.

Advice and ongoing assistance, including representation at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Residential Tenancies List, is provided in relation to matters such as repairs, rent arrears, possession/notices to vacate, rent increases, lease breaking, breach of duty, site agreements, tenancy agreement matters, bond and compensation claims.

Appointments are available at our Frankston, Cranbourne, Bentleigh and Rosebud offices.   Visiting services also offered in Dandenong, Dromana, Clayton South, Moorabbin, Narre Warren and St. Kilda.

Duty Advocate Services are offered at the Dandenong, Frankston, Moorabbin and Dromana Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal venues.

Enquiries and appointments are made through the PCLC Frankston office (03) 9783 3600.

Come to your appointment prepared – please bring along any documents relating to your tenancy matter such as leases, contracts and receipts.

Bayside Peninsula Region – includes local government areas of Bayside, Frankston, Glen Eira, Kingston, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Mornington Peninsula.

Southern Melbourne Region – includes local government areas of Cardinia, Casey and Greater Dandenong.