Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.

Inside Access

Inside access is a legal service of the Mental Health Legal Centre which provides free civil legal services to people with cognitive impairment and mental health issues in correction 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
  • Centrelink
  • Access to health and mental health services 
  • Freedom of information
  • Guardianship / Administration issues
  • Discrimination
  • Human Rights
  • Victims of Crime
  • Family Law – Referrals Only
  • IVO

At present, inside access is only able to attend the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) every Thursday from 9:30 to 12. The clinic is held in interview rooms in the DPFC Programs Building.

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 day service line.

Inside access also provides a community legal education program at DPFC. 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
  • Going to Court – What to Expect?


Inside Access provides an essential civil legal clinic at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre for incarcerated women.  The clinic is delivered every Thursday morning at the DPFC.  

Inside Access also conducts specialist community legal education sessions for people experiencing incarceration and mental health challenges. For more information on the Inside Access Project click here.


Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria

Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria
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