Youth Law Australia is a community legal service that is dedicated to helping children and young people in Australia and their supporters to find a legal solution to their problems.

Previously named the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, we are Australia’s only national, technology-based community legal service. We are dedicated to addressing the human rights abuses of children and young people in Australia. We believe in equality and justice for all children and young people, and we work to achieve this by connecting and empowering young Australians with free legal information and knowledge. In other words, we work to help keep more children in school, out of trouble and free from bullying, harassment or child abuse.

Our small, mostly volunteer service works across three key areas in which it makes a huge impact.

 

Legal Help

We provide legal advice, assistance and referrals to young people and their supporters. Anyone under 25 (and their supporters) can request and receive free and confidential legal advice through our innovative online information, advice and referral services. Through early intervention we seek to provide a solution to problems before they escalate. Youth Law Australia is proud to provide this service to all children, young people and their advocates across Australia through an online service that is available 24/7.

Child rights monitoring and advocacy

Youth Law Australia monitors and advocates for the rights and best interests of young people in Australia. Youth Law Australia is a member of the Child Rights Taskforce, which is Australia’s peak children’s rights body made up of over 100 organisations. Through their role on the Taskforce, Youth Law Australia assists in drafting and reviewing reports made to the UN on the state of children’s rights observance in Australia.

Influential leadership

Youth Law Australia undertakes leading research, law reform and school-based legal education to empower young people. Through their research, and education Youth Law Australia has led positive legal and policy change on issues such as child marriage, cyberbullying, intimate image-based abuse and child protection information-sharing.

See our Projects page for more information.

Youth Law Australia is a registered charitable, non-government organisation and donations are tax-deductible. Should you or your organisation wish to support the ongoing work and the provision of services by the Centre, please contact us or make a donation here.

Our Partners

Youth Law Australia owes much to our supporters who contribute to our operations though financial and in-kind assistance.

Most notably, we thank the following organisations.

Commonwealth-Attorney General’s Department

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department provides our principal source of recurrent funding.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons are a regular and significant donor to Youth Law Australia. In addition to providing a full-time secondee solicitor, King & Wood Mallesons also partners with us in the Cyber Volunteer Program.

University of New South Wales Law Faculty

The UNSW Law Faculty has provided our organisation with a home almost since our inception. In addition to providing us with office space, the UNSW Law Faculty is also a major provider of our volunteers and interns.

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