MHLC – Mental Health Legal Centre
Mental Health
Legal Centre

Inside Access

Inside Access

About Inside Access

The project aims to:

  • To increase access to legal advice and representation via outreach legal clinics.
  • To deliver specialist legal education sessions within prisons and forensic hospitals.
  • To continue to gather evidence based information on systemic concerns and capacity to build the program.

Project Summary

Inside Access is a legal service of the Mental Health Legal Centre which provides free civil legal services and other support services to people with cognitive impairment and mental health issues in correctional and forensic facilities in Victoria. Inside Access seeks to contribute to an improved justice system for people with a mental illness by delivering legal assistance whilst our clients are incarcerated.  Our service aims to ease our clients’ transition into the community upon release.

Inside Access provides legal assistance and advocacy to imprisoned people in the following areas:

  • Fines and infringement
  • Centrelink debt
  • Other credit and debt issues
  • Access to health and mental health services
  • Victims Of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) applications
  • Guardianship / Administration issues
  • Discrimination
  • Human rights breaches
  • Family Law – Referrals only
  • Intervention Order applications

Dame Phyllis Frost Centre

Inside Access attends the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) once a week for appointments.

If you or someone you know is currently incarcerated at the DPFC and would like to book an appointment with us, referral forms are available at reception in the programs building. Those not at the DPFC can call our phone line on (03) 9629 4422 for legal advice.

Ravenhall Correctional Centre

Inside Access attends the Ravenhall Correctional Centre once a week for appointments. Those not at the Ravenhall Correctional Centre can call our phone line on (03) 9629 4422 for legal advice.

Inside Access also provides a community legal education program at Ravenhall. The education program aims to provide education to prisoners with a mental illness to help them better understand and exercise their rights. Inside Access constantly strives to provide relevant information to prisoners regarding:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Wills and Estates
  • Mandatory Visa Cancellations
  • Infringements
  • Victims of Crime Compensation (VOCAT)
  • Family Violence and Intervention Orders
  • Housing

Still have more questions?

Feel free to send us a message via email to or phone us on (03) 9629 4422 if you have more questions.

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