We are committed to delivering high quality, client-centred services throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Some of our services are delivered by our staff and some are delivered by community legal centres funded by us or private lawyers whom we pay to do this work.
To maintain a high standard and ensure quality for all our work, our Legal Practice directorate has responsibilities in five key areas.
All lawyers doing legal aid work must comply with practice standards for:
- duty lawyer services
- legal advice.
We are committed to continuous review and improvement of practice standards to ensure they remain current, relevant and consistent.
Private practitioners who wish to act for clients with a grant of legal assistance must be a member of a Victoria Legal Aid panel appointed under section 29A or 30 of the . We develop and administer policies, procedures and guidelines for the operation of these panels, including:
- application and acceptance
- performance monitoring and reappointment
- managing panel membership.
Training, development and support
We provide training, development and support for our lawyers (and other client-facing staff where appropriate) through:
- professional support lawyers
- ongoing professional legal education
- specialist accreditation support, including study groups and materials.
Some training, development and support activities are extended to community legal centres or panel practitioners.
Administration of the legal aid fund
As a requirement of the Legal Aid Act, we are responsible for administering the Legal Aid Fund in a fair, efficient and economic manner. We administer, monitor and review:
- grants of legal assistance
- means test indicators and eligibility guidelines
- allocation of lawyers
- costs recovery
- independent review of funding decisions.
Complaints and investigations
We investigate and respond to:
- complaints regarding the conduct of panel practitioners
- offences under the Legal Aid Act
- obligations and offences under other legislation that applies to our work
- breaches of our practice standards
- complaints against Victoria Legal Aid staff.
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.
We help Victorians with their legal problems and represent those who need it most. Find legal answers, chat with us online, or call us. You can speak to us in English or ask for an interpreter. You can also find more legal information at www.legalaid.vic.gov.au
Reviewed 26 April 2022