(02) 6257 1788
Care inc. is a community organisation set up to ensure low income consumers are treated fairly and have support to overcome debt.
Our legal work
We offer free legal advice on consumer credit, debt recovery, banking, simple contracts, general fair trading and consumer protection. We provide once-off advice, either over the phone or in person, to any resident of the ACT or for any matter with an ACT connection. We do not advise businesses.
Our Night Clinic is our advice service provided for people who are unable to come to appointments during the day because of work or study. The Night Clinic is held every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30pm - by appointment only.
Debt Enforcement Clinic
Our Debt Enforcement Clinic is for consumers affected by debts that are being enforced, or at risk of being enforced, by the courts. We offer free information, referrals and legal advice about your rights. We can also assist with the preparation of court documents and negotiations with creditors. We do not provide advice on matters where the debt is owed to the Commonwealth of Australia or if the debt is business related. The Debt Enforcement Clinic is available by appointment only but can generally be arranged at short notice and is a joint initiative of the Australian Government Solicitor and the Consumer Law Centre.
Case assistance and representation
The CLC provides legal casework to clients in the areas of consumer credit and debt, telecommunications, the provision of utilities, and general trade practices, fair trading and consumer protection laws (subject to our casework guidelines).
In relation to casework, the CLC will provide the following services:
* legal advice, advocacy and representation
* information and referral
* strategic litigation with a focus on testing, shaping and defining fair trading and consumer protection and consumer credit laws in the Territory within resource capacity
Phone: (02) 6143 0044
The Consumer Law Centre
The CLC is a not-for-profit government-funded community legal centre established as a program of Care Inc in 2003. The CLC was previously known as the Consumer Credit Legal Service which began in 1995. We provide free legal advice and representation in the areas of consumer credit (mortgages, credit cards and personal loans), debt recovery, banking, contract, general fair trading and consumer protection
In addition to direct client work, the CLC works towards improving legal protection for consumers, and raising awareness and understanding of consumer’s rights in the ACT through community legal education, free resources and outreach. The CLC also makes regular submissions to government with the aim of improving access to justice for members of our community by reforming laws that we think are unjust and unfair.
We are a member of the National Association of Community Legal Centres, the peak body for state community legal centres in Australia.
If you want to stay up to date, we actively post news updates, tips-and-tricks and other helpful resources to our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about what’s coming up at the CLC
Also see our getting involved page.
Our other work
We pride ourselves on undertaking systemic advocacy and law reform work in areas of consumer credit, debt recovery, banking, simple contracts, general fair trading and consumer protection. We aim to empower consumers by working towards reforming laws that are unjust and unfair.
Our advocacy work involves:
For more information about our policy and law reform work, please refer to the publications page.
How to find us
Our opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
To request any of our legal services, please call us on (02) 6143 0044.
If you have difficulty reaching us, please leave a message – we are a very small centre and rely on the great support of volunteers for administrative assistance!
Address: Level 1, 2 Akuna Street, Canberra City
Via 221 building and the Waldorf Apartments
Climb the stairs between 221 Building and the Waldorf. Veer to your left across the outside plaza area (without going inside the sliding glass doors).
Head toward the Consumer Law Centre.
Via Waldorf Arcade, Akuna Street
Enter the arcade on Akuna Street
Veer to your left and take the ramp to Level 1. Exit at the sliding glass doors leading to the outside plaza area.
Turn left and head toward the Consumer Law Centre.
"Ensuring low income and vulnerable consumers are treated fairly and to support them to overcome debt"
Care Inc. Financial Counselling Service © 2012 Disclaimer: This site is not intended to replace direct financial counselling or legal advice. Every effort has been made to ensure the information on the site is accurate. Although we will update it regularly, there may be mistakes and things may change.