Consulting our community and stakeholders

Consulting our community and stakeholders

Between July and September 2014 we consulted broadly to ensure we had the best input possible on which to make decisions about the future of legal aid in Victoria and our strategic directions.

Listening to the community and our stakeholders also helped us to make informed choices about how we assist the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians in a challenging environment where community need for services outweighs our capacity to always respond in the way we would like.

Community research

We commissioned the Social Research Centre to undertake community research to better understand Victorians’ awareness of legal aid, perceptions about priority access to services, and expectations of government funded legal aid.

More than 1500 people were consulted as part of the research, with 92 per cent of respondents agreeing that it was important or very important for a government funded agency to help people who can’t afford legal services.

Respondents nominated people on a low income, people experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence and people with a disability as most deserving of legal aid. This is aligned with Victoria Legal Aid’s priority clients.

Read the Victoria Legal Aid: community research report (pdf, 561.36 KB) or the accessible Word version (9.96 MB).

External stakeholder consultation

We undertook a comprehensive stakeholder consultation to gather the views from Commonwealth and state governments, the judiciary, members of the Bar, lawyers in private practice, other justice sector partners, and community and welfare sector stakeholders. Consultation took the form of individual meetings, roundtable discussions and an online survey.

The consultation highlighted:

  • a strong call for increased collaboration through closer, more respectful and mutually beneficial relationships
  • the need to forge better links with the non-legal, not-for-profit sector
  • increased transparency and accountability.

Read the External stakeholder consultation report 2014 (doc, 442 KB) and Online survey report 2014 (doc, 446 KB).

More information

This consultation has informed our strategic directions to improve Victorians’ access to justice.