Giving false information or omitting relevant information in the application

Under the Legal Aid Act 1978, it is an offence for any person in, or in connection with, an application for a grant of legal assistance to do any of the following:

  • knowingly make a false statement
  • knowingly give false information
  • knowingly fail to disclose relevant information.

Possible consequences

If Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) believes any person has committed this offence, then VLA may take legal action against the person:

  • within three years after the time the person allegedly committed the offence
  • at any later time with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.