A guide to the free and low cost legal services in the ACT.
ACT Law Society
The Law Society runs the Legal Advice Bureau, which can provide advice to head-tenants, landlords and agents.
ACT Legislation Register
The Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT) can be downloaded from this site.
ACT Office of Rental Bonds
The ORB receives and registers rental bonds in the ACT. Bond forms can be downloaded from this site.
ACT Shelter is an independent organisation funded to consult with and represent the community on housing issues.
Sustaining Tenancies Program
The Sustaining Tenancy Program aims to support tenants in managing their tenancies in public, private and community housing in South Canberra.
Access to ACT Government services.
The ACT Government Department that provides housing directly through public housing, and some other forms of housing assistance.
Office of Fair Trading
Regulates ACT real estate agents through the Agents Act.
ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Resolution of tenancy disputes
Welfare Rights and Legal Centre
The Welfare Rights and Legal Centre is a community legal centre providing a free legal service for low income earners in the ACT and surrounding region. The Centre provides assistance in relation to Centrelink/social security; public housing; and consumer credit contracts.
Interstate tenant organisations
Other useful sites
Visit the AEC's website to enrol to vote, check your enrolment, and update your address on the electoral roll. It's fast and easy. You should update your details every time you move, to ensure your name is not removed from the roll (leaving you unable to vote).
Australian Legal Information Institute
Among other things, past decisions of the ACT and NSW Residential Tenancies Tribunals can be found here.
National Association of Community Legal Centres
Information about other community legal centres across Australia.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
Housing research body.