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Where to get legal assistance

Tasmania’s legal assistance sector helps vulnerable and disadvantaged Tasmanians access legal help. The Department of Justice administers State and Commonwealth government funding to Tasmania’s legal assistance sector - Tasmania Legal Aid, Community Legal Centres and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service.

Document replacement

Below is a list of personal documents that you may need to replace after a natural disaster such as a bushfire or flood.

If your passport has been lost or damaged in a natural disaster, you may be eligible for free replacement.

Visit the Australian Passport Office website, or call the Australian Passport Office central call centre on 131 232.

Births, Deaths and Marriages registers and maintains Tasmanian birth, death, marriage, relationship and change of name records. It also issues certificates and provides information to approved applicants.

For more information, visit the Births, Deaths and Marriages website.

Replacement medicare cards can be ordered from your Medicare online account, through MyGov, through the general inquiries line 132 011, by post (with proof of identity) or by visiting your local Medicare office (with proof of identity).

For more information about the options, see the Department of Human Services website.

To replace your licence, you will need to visit a Service Tasmania store.

You will need to:

  • Provide full Evidence of Identity (including a document that shows your signature)
  • Fill in an application form
  • Place a replacement licence fee.

It is not necessary to have all your documents on hand in order to initiate an insurance claim as many insurance companies keep records electronically. The Insurance Council of Australia has a disaster hotline (telephone: 1800 734 621) to help people who are unsure what insurer they are with and with general questions about the claims process. Most insurance companies have 24-hour call centres. For more information see the Insurance Council of Australia's disaster response website.

Fencing and damage due to natural disaster

Tasmanian Legal Aid have designed the below fact sheet to help Tasmanians with some of the issues you may be facing when your property has been damaged by a natural disaster such as a storm, flood, or bushfire.

Fact Sheet: Has your fence been damaged due to a natural disaster

Advice for tenants (following a natural disaster)

Tasmanian Legal Aid have created the below fact sheet to help Tasmanians with some of the issues you may be facing as a tenant after you property has been damaged by a natural disaster such as a storm, flood, or bushfire.

Fact Sheet: Are you a tenant affected by a natural disaster