The Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation providing pro bono legal services to individuals and community groups.
Our vision is for a just, fair and accessible legal system where no-one is disadvantaged through lack of resources, knowledge or ability.
QPILCH provides pro bono civil law services to people unable to afford private legal assistance and ineligible for Legal Aid. To apply for help, complete our application form, below.
QPILCH factsheets and other publications are now available at Legalpedia.org.au, which uses wiki software to enable ready-access to resources and contributions and updates by pro bono lawyers.
We welcome practising and retired legal practitioners, law students and any others who wish to contribute in their own way.
Publicly available and password-protected resources to help practitioners in their pro bono work.
2015 - 2016 was another full year with a 75% increase in new files over 2014-15, providing access to justice to the most vulnerable in our community. Thank you to all our members, supporters and partners whose contributions made it possible.
Renew membership - Your continued involvement will provide critical financial support to QPILCH and enable us to more effectively target the pro bono commitment of the Queensland profession.
The Queensland legal profession has always provided pro bono assistance to our communities. Since QPILCH was founded in 2001, the profession has made a concerted contribution to helping people who are the most vulnerable in our State. Recognising this achievement, QPILCH has published a report celebrating the legal profession’s commitment to structured pro bono. This report is can be accessed here.
QPILCH has now uploaded to the Legal Health Check website new resources for lawyers, the culmination of our Legal Health Check Project 2014-16, funded by the Department of Justice and the Attorney-General. Copies of the full evaluations of this project are available in the Publications section of our website.
Marginalised Queenslanders are significantly affected by unmanageable SPER fine debts, which are directly connected to their circumstances of poverty. As part of Anti-Poverty Week 2016, our Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic has released a policy snapshot on Fair and Flexible SPER Fine Options for Vulnerable Queenslanders.
Read the final papers of the Down to Earth project, on better ways to deal with development issues in the interests of all stakeholders.
QPILCH has responded to an identified gap in legal service delivery by starting a new Duty Lawyer Service to help debtors more effectively respond to enforcement proceedings commenced against them. The Service provides free advice and representation to enforcement debtors attending hearings at the Brisbane Magistrates Court each Wednesday from 8:30am to 12pm. The Service is located on level 7 (opposite the lifts) at the Brisbane Magistrates Court, George St. Click here for eligibility criteria and more information.