My client needs legal help
The SSRV Worker Help Line offers free and accessible services to social, community and health workers (such as financial counsellors , disability advocates, social workers, doctors and community lawyers) to help support your client.
Individuals can be referred to the Social Security Rights Victoria (SSRV) Legal Assistance Line.
|Mondays – Fridays, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Ph: 03 9481 0655 Rural Callers 1800 094 164
SSRV lawyers can provide specialist information, advice and legal support for people living in Victoria in relation to matters such as:
|SSRV lawyers provide a range of further legal assistance services such as assessment of documentation and decisions, negotiation with Centrelink and providing representation at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearings. This assistance is subject to guidelines and availability of resources.
SSRV has created an online resource to help applicants access the Disability Support Pension (DSP): DSP Help.
DSP Help includes information about:
- What the DSP is and what eligibility criteria must be met
- How the DSP is assessed
- How to gather medical evidence to support an application
- How to apply for the DSP
- What to do if your application is rejected
DSP Help includes a medical evidence chatbot. This can be used to generate a personalised Medical Evidence Kit you can take to your doctors/specialists to assist them in supporting your application with medical evidence.
SSRV is committed to working with other services and workers to support people who are experiencing overlapping legal, financial and other challenges in their life. You are encouraged to speak with SSRV lawyers about how they may be able to work co-operatively with you to provide integrated (joined-up, wrap-around) assistance to individuals and groups of clients in relation to social security matters.
SSRV provides training and resources to other professionals including community lawyers and community workers. Our aim is to build the confidence and capability of other professionals to better identify and assist people experiencing, or who may encounter, social security problems. Contact SSRV on 03 9481 0299 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss professional development needs and opportunities.
Recent examples of SSRV’s community legal education activities include:
- SSRV Central Webinar on DSP (November 2022)
- SSRV Central Webinar on Debts in (April 2023)
- FC Vic Conference presentations on Debts and DSP (September 2022)
- Gippsland Farm Succession presentation (February 2023)
- Bring Your Bills Day in Shepparton (May 2023)
Social Security Debt Help is a website that helps people better understand Centrelink debts, how they come about, and what they can do if they or someone they’re supporting has one. Centrelink debts are legal issues and it’s important to get legal advice about how to manage them. This self-help tool will assist people with debts to understand their options before they get advice, so they know what to ask and what might apply to them.