The legalities of living with “no fixed address”

Legal requirements

Up to the point of going to press, we have not managed to find a comprehensive guide on how to live within the law as an itinerant, particularly one who moves from state to state to follow work or house-sitting opportunities.

  • Where do you register and insure your car if you are moving state to state?
  • How do you get your mail if you have no-one to redirect it for you?
  • How do you get Centrelink to recognise that you are mobile?
  • How do you stay on top of electoral roll issues?

There are legal services for homeless people, but have any of them compiled the information in one place? I have yet to find that resource. It seems you have to get into trouble first before you can use their services.

Perhaps this would be a good project for a law student?

Free legal services

In the meantime, if you have specific legal issues, here are some legal services that might help you for free.


State Legal service More about them
Victoria Justice Connect Homeless law
QLD Homeless Persons Legal Clinic LawRight, Homeless or at risk of homelessness
NSW Homeless Person’s Legal Service Public Interest Advocacy Centre
SA Housing Legal Clinic Welfare Rights Centre
ACT Street Law Service Canberra Community Law
WA Homeless Persons’ Free Legal Advice Clinic – Street Law Centre Street Law Centre is a free outreach legal service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Western Australia
WA Homelessness Legal Service – Darwin Community Legal Service The Homelessness Legal Service assists people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
National National Association of Community Legal Centres You can find local legal help through this group. They list independent, not-for-profit community organisations providing legal services to the public

Help us find the information we need


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