Our legal information is available to all Victorians. Unfortunately, other services and legal advice are limited to people who need them most. We follow guidelines to try and make our legal help as fair as possible.
If we can’t help you, we may be able to refer you to other services that can.
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Anyone can get free information by:
- searching Each topic has information about the law and who you can contact for more help
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Legal services for people who need it most
Depending on your circumstances, we may be able to:
- what your case is about
- the likely benefit to you
- if helping you can benefit the public
- your financial situation.
If you are going through a separation or divorce that involves family dispute, you may be able to use our instead of going to court. You will only be able to take part if you or the other parent in the dispute is eligible to get a lawyer to run your case.
Legal issues we don't give advice about
There are some things we don’t give legal advice about. We may still provide links, information and referrals to other organisations. Legal issues we don’t give advice about include:
Other organisations and information
Building contracts and disputes
Business and commercial matters – including commercial tenancy
Employment law (except discrimination matters against workers)
Fencing and trees
Landlords with tenancy issues
Migration visas related to business, skilled migrants, students, tourism
Organisations seeking advice
Wills and estates
Other legal matters we don’t give advice about
You can find a private lawyer near you through the Law Institute of Victoria’s . All law firms included in the Legal Referral Service provide a free 30-minute interview. You can use this interview to understand more about the legal issue and discuss the available options and how much they will cost. Note that the free interview is not 30 minutes of free legal advice.
- consumer scams and cybercrime
- energy disputes
- environmental law
- financial planning/asset management/trusts
- horse agistment
- intellectual property (copyright, patents, trademarks) queries
- insurance and income protection queries
- motor vehicle accidents
- occupational accreditation (except working with children checks)
- owner’s corporation (body corporate) queries
- personal injury (medical negligence, motor vehicle-related injuries, public liability, occupier’s liability, workplace-related injuries)
- product liability
- property disputes and conveyancing (adverse possession, easements, subdivision disputes, caveats)
- superannuation claims and appeals
- taxation matters, including disputes with the State Revenue Office (except criminal offences)
- town planning, development and environment disputes.
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 19 May 2022