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Legal help for farmers and rural businesses.
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We offer legal help to primary producers who are experiencing financial hardship related to their business. We can also help you try to resolve debt related issues through negotiation and mediation. For example, we can help you negotiate with your bank, pastoral house, finance company or people you owe money.
We also help rural businesses that are closely linked to primary production, like harvesting contractors, fencing contractors, transport operators and businesses with rural clients.
The service is free for Queensland primary producers and rural businesses.
You can meet us at your closest Legal Aid office or we can visit you at your farm or business. We can also talk to you over the phone. You can call our Farm and Rural Legal Service directly on 0428 738 099 or, for the cost of a local call phone our call centre on 1300 65 11 88.
We don’t do any court work or prepare any court forms. We also don’t do conveyancing work.
We can negotiate on your behalf by contacting people directly and by attending mediations or meetings. Negotiation and mediation can often help you resolve your problems without having to go to court.
Yes. We can go with you to your bank and help you sort out any disputes you may have with them.
Yes. We can work with other advisers like rural counsellors, your accountant and your own private lawyer. Our aim is to work with everyone involved to achieve the best possible outcome.
Yes. Our services are confidential and we are committed to protecting your privacy. We will not provide your personal information or details about your legal problem to anyone, unless we are legally required to.
We make submissions on legal issues relating to the rural sector and also review any submissions made.
We are constantly listening to primary producers and the agribusiness sector about the major debt related issues affecting them and what they’d like to see changed.
We also help educate the community by going to meetings and talking about issues important to primary producers and rural businesses.
Yes - we can organise for an accredited interpreter to help you. We are committed to making our services accessible to people from non-English-speaking backgrounds and people with disabilities.
If you would like information explained in your language, please phone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 1450 to speak to an interpreter. Ask them to connect you to Legal Aid Queensland. For the hearing impaired, call us via the National Relay Service: dial 133 677 and ask
1300 651 188.
Your feedback – complaints, compliments and suggestions – is welcome and we take it seriously.
To make a comment about the service you received from Legal Aid Queensland, you can complete our client feedback form. The form is available from your local Legal Aid office and our website.
You can also give us feedback by:
writing to us at
GPO Box 2449, Brisbane, Qld, 4001
calling 1300 65 11 88
and talking to our staff