Working Alongside People with Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

Helpful websites

Victims Services

Victims Linkup - 1300 LINKUP (or 1300 546 587)

Services and financial assistance for victims of crime in Queensland.


Emergency Services - 000

Police, fire brigade, ambulance for emergencies.


Policelink - 131 444

Non-urgent police reports and information about police.


Crimestoppers - 1800 333 000

Anonymous reporting of crime.


Legal Aid 

Provides legal representation to people who fit their criteria.  Their website provides information their services and how to access them.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Legal and Advocacy Service 

37 Balaclava Street, Woolloongabba

Telephone: 07 3392 3177

Free call: 1800 442 450

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

Areas of advice: Domestic and family law


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Legal Services NQ Inc

Suite 12, St James Place

155 Denham Street, Townsville

Telephone: 07 4721 6007

Free call: 1800 082 600

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 4.30 pm

Areas of advice: Child protection, family law, family violence, discrimination and related women's issues.


The Advocacy and Support Centre

Shop 3, The Chronicle Arcade

191 Margaret St, Toowoomba

Telephone: 07 4616 9700

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 4.30 pm, Friday 9am - 4pm

Areas of advice: All. General legal advice and assistance, by appointment each day and Monday evening. Telephone advice is available by appointment. Rural Women's Outreach Legal Service. Clinics on six week rotation to SW Queensland. Videolink advice by appointment to neighbourhood network centres at Charleville, Tara, St George, Goondiwindi.


Bayside Community Legal Centre

29 Loraine Street, Capalaba

Telephone: 07 3206 2724

Hours of operation: Monday evenings and Monday and Thursday daytime. All  by appointment.

Areas of advice: All areas. Referral and advice by volunteer solicitors. Monday nights by appointment.  Daytime Monday and Thursday by appointment.


Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc

Level 1, Main Street Arcade

85 Lake St, Cairns

Telephone: 07 4031 7688

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm. 

Areas of advice: Family, civil, criminal. The Cairns Community Legal Centre is a generalist legal service providing legal advice, information and referrals in the areas of family, civil and criminal law to people living in far North Queensland (North of Cardwell).


Care Goondiwindi Association Inc

52 Marshall Street, Goondiwindi

Telephone: 07 4670 0700

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday  8.30 am - 4. 30 pm Saturday 9am -12pm

Areas of advice: Advocacy, pro bono, Rural Women's Outreach Legal Solicitor, video conferencing, family law and legal.


Caxton Legal Centre Inc

28 Heal St, New Farm

Telephone: 07 3254 1811

Hours of operation: Office hours: Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm. Evening 

Advice hours: Mon, Tues and Thurs, 6pm - 7.30 pm, no appointment necessary.

Areas of advice: Most except immigration, taxation, complex commercial matters, native title and personal injury. Provides free generalist legal advice, assistance and referrals for clients with low incomes or who face other access to justice issues. Emphasis on self help, empowerment and education. Operates specialist programs including a child support service and a program for older people experiencing, or at risk from, family violence (non spousal).


Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc

Suite 5, 67 East St, Rockhampton

Telephone: 07 4922 1200

Free call: 1800 155 121

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Areas of advice: Civil law. Services the Central Queensland region to Longreach. Provides free generalist legal advice, community legal education work and has a victims of crime advocate.  


Disability Discrimination Legal Service

Level 1, Main St Arcade

85 Lake Street, Cairns

Telephone: 1800 650 197

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 4 pm 

Areas of advice: Disability discrimination. The Disability Discrimination Legal Service (DDLS) is part of the Cairns Comunity Legal Centre and is a specialist service, which provides legal advice, information and referrals to people with disabilities who have been discriminated against because of their disability. The DDLS is available to such people in the area of North Queensland (north of Mackay).


Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc

Suite 4, City Court Arcade

80 Victoria St, Mackay

Telephone: 07 4953 1211

Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm. Closed to the public on Fridays.

Areas of advice: Generalist. Legal advice evening appointments available 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Please phone for appointment or more information.


North Queensland Womens Legal Service Inc (Cairns office)

204 McLeod St, Cairns

Telephone: 07 4041 0066

Free call: 1800 244 504

Hours of operation: Office hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.  Advice line: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm.

Areas of advice: Family law, domestic violence


North Queensland Womens Legal Service Inc (Townsville office)

Level 3, 42 Sturt Street, Townsville

Telephone: 07 4772 5400

Free call: 1800 244 504

Hours of operation: Office hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 am - 5 pm.  Advice line: Tues - Thurs, 9 am - 1 pm

Areas of advice: Family law, domestic violence, defacto property, discrimination.


Nundah Community Support Group Inc

14 Station Street, Nundah

Telephone: 07 3260 6820

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9.30am - 2.45pm (except close Wednesday 12.30pm) by appointment, Wednesday evenings drop in legal advice, information and referral service 6.15pm.  

Areas of advice: Generalist. 


Peninsula Community Legal Service (Qld)

4 McNaughton St, Redcliffe

Telephone: 07 3883 4834

Hours of operation: Advice: First, second, third and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month, 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Areas of advice: General advice and information. A legal document assistance program is available for people on limited incomes. By appointment only.


Pine Rivers Community Legal Service

730 Gympie Road, Lawnton

Telephone: 07 3205 2955

Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by appointment, Thursday evening drop in service 5.45pm - 7.30pm.  

Areas of advice: General legal advice and information with emphasis on family law. Free and confidential general legal advice service provided within the Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre. Paralegal assistance with completion of legal forms (especially Family Court forms).


Women's Legal Service (QLD)

387 Ipswich Road, Annerley.  Entry on the corner of Ponsonby Street.

Telephone: 07 3392 0670

Free call: 1800 677 278

Hours of operation: Office hours: Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Phone service: Monday to Friday 9 am - 1 pm. Mon, Wed and Thurs 6 pm - 8 pm.

Areas of advice: Family law Statewide service run by women for women.


Youth Advocacy Centre

52 Inwood Street, Wooloowin

Telephone: 07 3857 1155

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm, Closed 1 - 2 pm.

Areas of advice: Advice for young people between ages 10-17. YAC is a legal and welfare agency for young people under the age of 17 years, who live in or around Brisbane and on a limited basis to young people outside Brisbane by telephone. 



DVconnect provides free help for women, men, children and pets affected by domestic and family violence across Queensland.


Dvconnect womensline Free call  1800 811 811 

Dvconnect mensline Free call 1800 600 636

Living Well 

Services to assist men aged 16 years and over who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault.

Telephone: 1300 114 397


Protect All Children Today Inc (PACT)

Services for children and young people aged 3-17 years who are victims or witnesses within the criminal justice system.

Telephone: 1800 090 111 


Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) 

Advocacy services for people with disability in Queensland.


Speaking Up for You –

SUFY is an independent individual advocacy organization.


Queensland Parents for People with a Disability 

QPPD provides family and systems social advocacy to parents who have a son or daughter with a disability.


Queenslanders Disability Network QDN 

Is for people with disability, with people with disability, by people with disability, for citizenship and social justice.


Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy 

Citizen Advocacy is all about people with a disability getting a fair go in our society


Rights in Action 

Provides individual advocacy to people with a disability. 


Capricorn Citizen Advocacy - Rockhampton 

Telephone: (07) 49 220 299 


Gold Coast Advocacy Group - Southport 

Telephone: (07) 55 640 355 


Regional Disability Advocacy - Toowoomba 

Telephone: (07) 46 169 700 


Mackay Advocacy 

Telephone: (07) 49 578 710 


North West Advocacy - Mt Isa 

Telephone: (07) 47 490 022 


AMPARO: Multicultural Disability Network - Brisbane 

Telephone: (07) 33 949 304  


People with Disability Australia 

PWD is based in Sydney and host the 

National Abuse and Neglect Hotline and the Complaints Resolution 

and Referral Service 


Disability hotline -

Complaints resolution and referral service -

Women with Disabilities Australia 

WWDA have undertaken many important and informative research projects that focus on the needs of women with a disability


Australian Federation of Disability Organisations


National Council on Intellectual Disability


Intellectual Disability Right Service 

Has been at the forefront of justice issues for people with intellectual disability for over a decade in New South Wales and they have an extensive range of information for lawyers and the general public that you can assess.  They provided support to people in New South Wales who are going through the justice system.  On their website you will find a range of information and research project which inform their practice 


Australian Human Rights Commission


Healthy Start is funded to support parents with learning disabilities and works with University of Sydney and the Parenting Research Centre


Parents with Disabilities Online: Website for parents with disabilities, providing information, support and resources. Includes the Parent Empowerment Network, an e-mail community of parents with disabilities, people with disabilities who hope someday to become parents, and (where applicable) nondisabled partners of parents with disabilities


Professor Dick Sobsey: Dick Sobsey is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the Director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and of the JP Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. He has worked with people with mental and physical disabilities since 1968 and is the father of young adult with severe and multiple disabilities.


Professor Susan Hayes: Susan is recognized in Australia as an international expert in the field of people with intellectual disability in the criminal justice system both as victims and offenders.  She has written widely in the area and has developed the Hasi – a tool which can be used as a predictive test on the likely presence of an intellectual disability.  It has been used by legal aid and in New South Wales by police and in the criminal justice system. 



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