Services

SERVICES

We continue to conduct outreach appointments and appointments from our office, however we are primarily conducting legal advice appointments by phone or videoconference where possible.  Please contact us on 07 4953 1211 for more information or to make a booking.

We require all clients attending in person for an appointment to wear a mask. If you can not do so, please let us know beforehand so we can discuss options and consider an exemption.

Solicitors are able to provide legal advice between 9am–4pm Monday to Friday by appointment, but times between 8:30am – 5pm can be arranged. The centre is not able to provide advice on some areas of law, such as commercial matters, personal injuries, criminal law and conveyancing.

Appointments can be provided in person or by phone.

MRCLC also provides advice appointments in Bowen, Proserpine, Cannonvale, Moranbah and Sarina once a month through our outreach services.

The majority of our day service, Legal Advice Evenings and outreach is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

LEGAL ADVICE EVENINGS

Legal advice evenings are held 2 evenings a month between 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Volunteer solicitors, social workers, co-ordinators and migration agents provide information, advice, referrals and counselling by appointment.

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer as an evening co-ordinator, solicitor, barrister, social worker or migration agent at these evenings.

OUTREACH SERVICES – BOWEN, CANNONVALE, PROSERPINE, MORANBAH AND SARINA

Whitsunday Outreach

The MRCLC provides legal advice appointments at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre on the fourth Thursday of the month, and on the following day (the fourth Friday of each month) at the Whitsunday Counselling & Support Inc. (WC&S) and Proserpine Community Centre.

Bowen Neighbourhood Centre is located at 20 Williams Street, Bowen.  WC&S is located at 1/157 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale.  Proserpine Community Centre is located at 36 Gardenia Street, Proserpine.

Isaac Outreach

The MRCLC provides legal advice appointments at the Moranbah Youth and Community Centre on the second or third Wednesday of the month.  MYCC is located at 2 Appleton Street, Moranbah.

Mackay Outreach

The MRCLC provides legal advice appointments at the Sarina Neighbourhood Centre on the second Tuesday of the month.  Sarina Neighbourhood Centre is located at 65 Broad Street, Sarina.

To Book

Please contact us on (07) 4953 1211 to book your appointment with a solicitor.  Upon request, the MRCLC can also provide free general information (Community Legal Education) sessions on certain areas of law to the public or workers of community organisations.

QUEENSLAND STATEWIDE TENANT ADVICE AND REFERRAL SERVICE (QSTARS)

The MRCLC commenced this service in October 2015, providing advice, ongoing assistance, information and referrals to tenants and rooming accommodation residents pursuant to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. Please call the hub on 1300 744 263 if seeking assistance. A referral will be made to our service if required. More information about QSTARS can be found here. QSTARS is managed by Tenants Queensland and is funded by the Queensland Department of Housing, Communities and Digital Economy.

ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION AND SUPPORT SERVICE

Relationships Australia Queensland provides funding to the MRCLC to provide legal advice, information and referral to people aged 60 and over, or 50 and over for First Nations people, at risk of experiencing elder abuse residing in the Mackay local government area. Please call Relationships Australia Queensland on 1300 063 232 if seeking assistance under this program.  More information about this program can be found on Relationships Australia Queensland’s website here.

MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATION SERVICE

Since March 2017 the Mental Health Act 2016 mandates that some people coming before the Mental Health Review Tribunal be legally represented. The MRCLC receives referrals and funding from Legal Aid Queensland to provide this representation.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DUTY LAWYER SERVICE

Since October 2015 the MRCLC has provided a domestic and family violence duty lawyer service at the Mackay Court House in relation to Applications for a Protection Order. This is funded by Legal Aid Queensland.

REGISTERED MIGRATION AGENT

The centre currently has no migration agents.

PRACTICAL LEGAL TRAINING PLACEMENTS

We are able to offer a limited number of placements for law students undertaking their Practical Legal Training course at our Centre on a voluntary basis. Please send us a covering letter and resume to admin@mrclc.com.au if you would like to apply for a position or contact us for further information.