About Us

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.

For more information about our services areas how we help clients see what we do.

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 annual report details our finances, including our income and expenditure. Read also our midyear report for details on our first six months of operations for the financial year.

What We Do

Victoria Legal Aid helps people with their legal problems.

We provide free legal information and education to all Victorians, with a focus on prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We prioritise more intensive legal services such as legal advice and representation for people who meet eligibility criteria, based on their financial situation, the nature and seriousness of their problem and their individual circumstances. We also conduct strategic litigation to change policies and processes and remedy legal problems for individuals and the broader community.

We serve the Victorian community in the following areas.