Employee benefits

Employee benefits

We offer a range of benefits to ensure that our employees’ contributions are recognised and their careers are as rewarding as possible.

Enterprise Agreement and Fair Work Statement

The VLA Enterprise Agreement 2020–2024 sets the conditions of employment for VLA staff. The agreement was certified by the Fair Work Commission in June 2021.

Read the VLA Enterprise Agreement 2020–2024 (pdf, 906.21 KB).

If you would like an alternative accessible format of the agreement, please contact People and Culture Advisory Services Team on (03) 9269 0234.

Read a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement. This statement provides basic information on matters that will affect your employment.

Professional development

The opportunities for professional development at Victoria Legal Aid are many and varied. They include:

  • formal learning and development programs
  • financial support for further education and study
  • on-the-job development opportunities.

Our Professional Legal Education program provides training and learning opportunities designed to equip our lawyers with the skills and knowledge they need to deliver a holistic, high quality service to our priority clients. The program helps lawyers keep up to date with legal knowledge and developments and satisfy their continuing professional development obligations required for local practising certificates.

We also support our lawyers seeking accreditation by the Law Institute of Victoria as a specialist lawyer by meeting course and application fees and providing study leave. We provide assistance through organised study groups and presentations by our in-house team of expert lawyers.

Salary packaging

Salary packaging allows you to reduce the amount of tax you pay, thereby increasing your net salary. This helps our staff make the most of their income.

You can nominate to package up to $15,899 per year for general expenses such as your mortgage, rent, credit card, or even phone and electricity bill. A further amount can be salary packaged for meal entertainment/venue and accommodation.

Your own circumstances will determine whether salary packaging will be a benefit to you. For more information visit the website of our provider Remunerator.

Flexible work arrangements and family-friendly policies

We recognise the need to balance your work and personal life and our policies reflect this. We offer attractive employment conditions including flexible working arrangements with a range of family-friendly policies.

You may be eligible to purchase additional annual leave, work flexible hours, job share and do some work from home. We also offer paid parental leave.

Employee Assistance Program

We offer an external Employee Assistance Program providing short-term counselling and support for you and your immediate family members. This service is easily accessible, voluntary and can provide support on a number of personal and work related issues.

Commuter Club

The Commuter Club is an opportunity for you to purchase a yearly public transport card (myki) saving 10 per cent off the cost of a normal yearly ticket.

Other benefits

Some of our other employee benefits include:

  • paid study leave and fee reimbursement if your course meets certain requirements
  • discounted health insurance
  • subsidised eyewear
  • free flu vaccination
  • recognition of prior service that meets specific criteria.

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