- provide a snapshot of the types of information and documents that VLA holds
- outline how to access this information and locate publicly available information
- inform the public how to make a request for access under the FOI Act.
Note that some information held by our organisation (such as client records) is not publicly available due its personal, confidential and sensitive nature. You can request your own personal information directly from a or through processes.
What information do we release?
We release a large amount of information for Victorians through:
- online and print publishing
- person-to-person services.
Our information is free of charge or available at the lowest possible cost.
Making information easily accessible can reduce the need for the public to submit requests under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act).
Our information statements
Statement 1 – organisation and functions
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is an independent statutory authority with set statutory objectives. We are funded by the Commonwealth and the Victorian government but operate independently of government.
Statement 2 – categories of documents
VLA creates a large number of documents and records in the course of its work.
VLA uses a number of electronic document and records management systems in order to classify, store, access and manage this broad range of documents.
Under section 7 of the FOI Act, an authority must publish a statement of the categories of documents it maintains. This statement broadly describes the documents held by us.
The types of documents that VLA handles include:
- legal and non-legal client files
- policy, procedures and standards
- briefings and reports
- administrative records
- operational records
- meeting records
- financial records
- human resource management
- photographs, images and multimedia objects.
The above examples are not an exhaustive list and provide a snapshot of information available.
Statement 3 – Freedom of Information arrangements
Under the FOI Act, members of the public have the right to request information and access documents about their personal affairs and the activities of VLA. Where possible, VLA can and will provide access to documents outside of the FOI Act.
The object of the FOI Act is to extend as far as possible the right of the community to access information in the possession of the government.
The FOI Act gives you the right to:
request documents about your personal affairs and the activities of Victoria Legal Aid; and
request that incorrect or misleading information held by VLA about you be amended or removed.
Further Information relating to how to make a request, and how VLA receives and processes FOI requests can be found at various locations, including:.
Statement 4 – publications
VLA produces a wide range of publications, many of which can be access on the of this website. Publications are indexed and listed alphabetically by title, summary and publication date, which can be filtered by entering specific document categories. In some cases, it is not possible to supply the publication as a downloadable file. If this is the case, details are provided about alternate means of obtaining a copy of the publication. Translations are available for some publications.
The resource locations and content presented within the Freedom of Information Part II Statements provide a snapshot of the information that is available and are not an exhaustive representation.
Publications produced by VLA
List of additional information available on request
Statement 5 – rules, policies and procedures
This section highlights a few of the many instances in which VLA publishes internal rules, policies and procedures online.
Types of information that can be found on this site include:
- annual reports
- statements of policies and documents
- directions and guidelines
- manuals of procedure
- policies and procedures that govern our daily operations and support the administrative functions of the organisation.
Fraud and Corruption Policy
|Client Priority and Capability Policy|
VLA Public Accountability and Strategy
Child Safe Standards
Statement 6 – report literature
This section illustrates examples of where VLA publishes final reports and records of decision relating to policy.
Our law library
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 08 November 2022