Family Advocacy and Support Service
Phone: 1800 431 157

What is FASS?

The Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) is a free service providing assistance to families with family law matters who have been affected by family violence. FASS has 2 parts:

1. FASS Duty Lawyer Service

The FASS Duty Lawyer can:

  •  Help you in relation to family law matters, family violence matters and child protection matters. This help may include giving you advice, giving information, and letting you know where else you can find help;
  • Draft simple court documents in matters involving allegations of family violence;
  • Help you gather information and evidence about family violence;
  • Go to court with you on matters where there are allegations of family violence;
  • Go to court with you for urgent interim matters where there are allegations of family violence

The FASS Duty Lawyer cannot:

  • Complete complex documentation and affidavits in non-urgent matters;
  • Represent you in contravention applications and final hearings;
  • Be an Independent Children’s Lawyer in your matter;
  • Offer ongoing help.

2. FASS Social Support Service

The FASS Social Support worker can:

  • Help you make a plan for your safety when
    you go to court;
  • Help you with court staff and security staff;
  • Support you before, during and after court;
  • Let you know of other social services that
    can help you too;
  • Help you with receiving support from other
    social services.

The FASS Social Support worker cannot:

  • Give legal help;
  • Provide ongoing counselling.

Do I need to make an appointment?

To make an appointment to see the Duty Lawyer or the Social Support worker contact 1800 431 157.

Alternatively, you can drop in at any time at the Family Law Court Registries or any of the Tasmania Legal Aid offices.

Where can I find FASS?

FASS providers will be located at the Family Law Court Registries or the Tasmania Legal Aid offices as follows:

Hobart

Family Court: 1st Floor, 39-41 Davey Street, Hobart

Tasmania Legal Aid: 158 Liverpool Street, Hobart

Launceston

Family Court: 3rd Floor ANZ Building, Corner of Brisbane and George Streets, Launceston

Tasmania Legal Aid: 64 Cameron Street, Launceston

North West Tasmania

Burnie Magistrates Court - 38 Alexander Street (during Federal Circuit Court Duty Lists)

Tasmania Legal Aid - 50 Alexander Street (by appointment)

The Duty Lawyer is at Federal Circuit Court and Family Court Duty Lists, Divorce Lists and Registrar Lists.

The Duty Lawyer offers a walk in clinic at Hobart and Launceston Courts each Monday between 1-2pm.

At all other times you can make an appointment with the Duty Lawyer between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday by calling the Family Advocacy and Support Service on 1800 431 157.

Last updated: 20/04/2021