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Disaster Legal Help - Victorian Bushfires

Disaster Legal Help - Victorian Bushfires

By Law Institute of Victoria


Free assistance through Disaster Legal Help Victoria

A range of issues can surface after a bushfire. Disaster Legal Help can help members of the public affected by the bushfires with many of those issues by giving you legal information and advice.

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What can we help with?

  • Disaster Legal Help can help you with bushfire-related issues such as, but not limited to:
  • Difficulty paying your mortgage, rent, bills or loans
  • Disputes with your landlord about rent or lease agreements
  • Lost or destroyed documents, including wills, land titles and identification documents
  • Property or assets that have been damaged or destroyed
  • Difficulty getting payments from Centrelink or government grants
  • Existing legal issues that have been impacted by the bushfires, such as parenting and custody arrangements, child support and family violence intervention orders
  • Your small business or farm struggling financially.

How can we help?

Disaster Legal Help can give you information about common legal issues and questions, provide advice to help you understand your legal options and connect you with other services for ongoing assistance.

How to get help

  • Call Disaster Legal Help on 1800 113 432, available 8 am to 6 pm weekdays.
  • Visit for information about the most common legal issues people experience after a disaster.

What is Disaster Legal Help?

Disaster Legal Help Victoria provides free legal assistance to Victorians affected by a disaster. It was originally formed to provide free legal support for those affected by the February 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Disaster Legal Help Victoria is a partnership between Victoria Legal Aid, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Victorian Bar and Justice Connect.

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