Arson, fires and fireworks
Victoria's laws about lighting fires in public places, setting off fireworks and deliberately destroying property with fire.
Business and commercial issues
Information about where to get help with business and commercial law issues in Victoria.
Centrelink provides services and social security payments on behalf of a number of government departments.
Courts and the legal system
Information about the legal system, including lawyers, courts and out-of-court options for resolving disputes.
This page has information for the Victorian community about legal issues relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Debt and bankruptcy
Information about debt and bankruptcy. Debt is money that is owed through an agreed contract. Bankruptcy is a legal process where you are declared to be unable to pay your debts.
Information about defamation and where to get help if you have been defamed or have been accused of defaming someone
Discrimination means being treated unfairly, or not as well as others, because of a personal characteristic that is protected by law. These include age, sex, gender identity, race or disability.
Disputes with neighbours
The law regarding common issues of disputes between neighbours, including fences and trees.
All employees have rights, entitlements and obligations, even if they are not in writing.
Fines and infringements
Information about the infringements system and what happens if fines are not paid on time.
Guardianship and administration orders
How administration and guardianship orders work and the role of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Guns and other weapons
The law says you can’t carry, possess or use a weapon, including guns, knives, and other weapons and ‘dangerous articles’, to hurt people or to defend yourself.
Home and property
Information about housing and the law, including renting, homelessness and property damage.
Immigration and migration
Information about different types of visas, becoming an Australian citizen and appealing visa decisions.
Mental health and disability
Learn what the law says about mental illness and disabilities, and your rights when it comes to police involvement, treatment and discrimination.
Parenting arrangements, child contact and child support
How to make arrangements for the ongoing responsibilities of children if you are separating, including the financial support paid by parents to help with the costs of a child aged under 18.
Police powers and my rights
Your rights when you are speaking with the police, or if you are searched or arrested.
Public transport offences
Public transport offences relate to ticketing and behaviour on or near buses, trains and trams. You can be fined or charged for these offences.
Information about relationship breakdown, parenting and children, and sex and the law.
Sexual harassment can be a form of sexual assault. This includes anything that makes you or another person feel uncomfortable, offended, intimidated or humiliated.
Street law and graffiti
Laws about behaviour in public are mostly concerned with keeping order or keeping the peace.
Information about traffic offences and what happens if you have to appear in court about a traffic offence.
Victims of crime
Learn about rights and where to get support for people who have suffered physical or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime.
Wills, estates and powers of attorney
Information about Wills and other legal documents that allow you to control who will make decisions while you are still alive, if you’re not able to make them yourself.
Young people and the law
The information on this page is about common legal issues for young people in Victoria. Know your legal do’s and don’ts. Understand your rights. Look after yourself and your friends.
Disclaimer: The material in this print-out relates to the law as it applies in the state of Victoria. It is intended as a general guide only. Readers should not act on the basis of any material in this print-out without getting legal advice about their own particular situations. Victoria Legal Aid disclaims any liability howsoever caused to any person in respect of any action taken in reliance on the contents of the publication.
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Reviewed 13 January 2023