Legal Aid

Do you need help with a legal issue?

Free Legal Help For Postgraduate Students.

Come and see our lawyers for free and confidential legal advice. Michael Curtotti and Ray Mardia are both practising lawyers who have combined experience in community, government and university sectors.

The Legal Service is available to all ANU students (undergraduate and postgraduate) from Monday to Thursday. The Legal Service is jointly funded by both student associations. ANU Postgraduates are encouraged to access these services when and if they need them. The Legal Service is located next door to the PARSA, in the ANUSA office in Melville Hall. Drop in, or to make an appointment call (02) 6125 2444 or send an email to

Areas of Law we practice:

  • Intellectual Property or Copyright
  • Small business / IP commercialisation
  • Legal claims/threats
  • Grievances and complaints
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Debt
  • Defamation
  • Tenancy
  • Motor accidents
  • Migration and Visa Advice*
  • Discrimination
  • Privacy or Freedom of Information
  • Other legal matters
  • We also can witness statutory declarations and certify copies of originals.

We can help with referrals in areas of law we don’t practice.

Other free legal services

Community legal organisations that often help university students include:

  • Youth Law Centre
    Phone: 6173 5410
    Address: Level 1, 14 Childers Street, Canberra City
    Monday to Friday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Women’s Legal Centre
    Advice Line: 6257 4499 or 1800 634 669 (Mon to Fri 9.30 to 12.00)
    Centre Administration: 6257 4377 (Mon to Fri 9.00 to 5.00)
  • Legal Aid ACT
    (02) 6243 3411 (Reception)
    1300 654 314 (Helpline), available Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm
    2 Allsop Street, Canberra City
  • Legal Aid ACT – Criminal Law Section
    (02) 6243 3407
  • Legal Aid ACT – Domestic Violence and Personal Protection Unit
    (02) 6207 1874
    Magistrates Court, 4 Knowles Place, Canberra
  • The Consumer Law Centre
    (02) 6257 1788
    1800 007 007
  • Canberra Community Law Night Time Legal Advice Service
    (02) 6218 7999
    Tuesday nights, 6pm – 8pm

*Migration advice is provided by a registered migration agent MARN 1385248

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Melville Hall, Building 12
Ellery Crescent
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: