We help people with legal problems involving family breakdown, child protection, family violence, criminal matters, social security, mental health, discrimination, guardianship and administration, fines, immigration, tenancy and debt.
Our clients are often people who are socially and economically disadvantaged, people with a disability or mental illness, children, the elderly, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and those who live in remote areas.
As an independent statutory authority, we are set up to meet the following statutory objectives:
- provide legal aid in the most effective, economic and efficient manner
- manage resources to make legal aid available at a reasonable cost to the community and on an equitable basis throughout the state
- provide to the community improved access to justice and legal remedies
- pursue innovative means of providing legal aid directed at minimising the need for individual legal services in the community
- ensure the coordination of the provision of legal aid so that it responds to the legal and related needs of the community
- ensure the coordination of the provision of legal assistance information so that information responds to the legal and related needs of the community, including by being, accessible, current, high-quality and of sufficient breadth.
We are funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments but operate independently of government. Our details our finances, including our income and expenditure. Read also our for details on our first six months of operations for the financial year.
Acknowledgement of Country
Our organisation operates from many different sites throughout Victoria. Across these locations, we , recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community, and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
How we are improving our services
Organisations we work with
Our commitment for diversity and inclusion
Our vision, purpose and values
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
Our senior executive team
Our organisational chart
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 October 2022