Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) provides a range of legal aid services to the public throughout Victoria.
You can use this handbook to find out how to apply for a grant of legal assistance. The other services VLA provides include:
- (including a )
- , including free and
- alternative dispute resolution in family law matters through the
- at the Magistrates’ Courts, the Children’s Court, the Mental Health Review Tribunal, psychiatric in-patient services and the Melbourne Registry of the Family Court
- free from VLA’s in-house lawyers in some matters.
Together, the Legal Aid Act, Commonwealth and state legal aid policies, and priorities and determinations made by VLA’s Board of Directors, govern:
- the types of legal matter for which VLA may make a grant of legal assistance to a person
- who is eligible to receive a grant of legal assistance
- the terms and conditions placed on the grants of assistance VLA makes to people
- the payments VLA makes to private lawyers who represent legally assisted people and the other costs VLA pays.
Reviewed 18 February 2022