Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel

Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel

We invite practitioners to apply for inclusion on the section 29A Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel.

The panel is an exclusive panel. This means that firms and practitioners will need to be on this panel to receive grants of legal assistance for independent children's lawyer matters.

Under the panel application process, both firms and individual practitioners must apply.

Before you apply

Practitioners must read the Independent Children's Lawyer Panel Information Package (pdf, 699.73 KB) or accessible Word versions before submitting an application.

What matters this panel covers

The Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel is a practitioner panel under section 29A of the Legal Aid Act 1978 for private practitioners to act as an independent children’s lawyer where Victoria Legal Aid has granted legal assistance for that purpose.

How panel membership works

Victoria Legal Aid’s panel membership model includes a role for both firms and individual practitioners. Membership of the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel is by individual appointment. However, the firm employing the individual independent children's lawyer must also apply and be approved for panel membership.

Entry requirements

It is essential that practitioners are familiar with the entry requirements, including the assessment guidelines supporting the requirements, before applying for the panel.

The assessment guidelines included with the entry requirements provide essential information about how we will assess applicants against the entry requirements. Firms and practitioners who are not able to meet the entry requirements may be eligible for an exemption.

Firm and individual entry requirements and information about the assessment process and exemptions to entry requirements are available in the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel information package (pdf, 1.31 MB).

When to apply

Firms and private practitioners can apply at any time, as the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel is continuously open.

All applications will be assessed as part of the ongoing four-monthly assessment cycle.

Application due date Selection committee meeting
16 December 2016 March 2017
28 April 2017 August 2017


Application forms

Private law firms employing one or more private practitioner applicants must submit a completed Section 29A panels firm application form. Only one firm application is required per firm regardless of how many private practitioner applicants it employs.

Private practitioners employed by the firm who are applying for membership must each submit a completed Independent Children's Lawyer Panel individual application form (pdf, 259.33 KB). Completed forms must be submitted via email to panels@vla.vic.gov.au. Paper applications will not be accepted.

For further information about the application form and process, please refer to the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel information package (pdf, 1.31 MB).

For an alternative accessible format of the Independent Children’s Lawyer Panel forms please contact us at panels@vla.vic.gov.au.

Contact

If you would like more information, please contact:

Panels Co-ordinator
Email: panels@vla.vic.gov.au
Phone: (03) 9606 5264