Helps people with legal problems, protects the rights of Victorians and represents those who need it most
If you need legal assistance, there are a number of options available to you including assistance from community organisations, government-funded services and the private sector.
If you have a legal problem, or want to find out information about the law, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) – an agency of the department – may be able to help. VLA offers free advice on what you may need to do to solve your legal problem, although it does not give legal advice on all matters.
For those who face economic or social disadvantage, the Federation of Community Legal Centres can point you to a free local service.
Office of the Public Advocate provides advice on topics affecting people with a disability, and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service provides free legal advice to the Koori community.
If you need to find a lawyer, the Law Institute of Victoria can refer you to member solicitors who are practising in your relevant area of law.
In some cases, issues can be resolved out of court. The Dispute Settlement Centre – another agency of the department – offers free advice on disagreements, particularly between neighbours or other individuals.
Provides free legal services to the public via 51 community legal centres
Membership organisation for the legal profession in Victoria
Provides pro bono legal services to marginalised and disadvantaged people
Offers a free and confidential dispute resolution service
Independent statutory body that works to promote and protect the rights of people who have a disability or mental illness
Helps Victorians understand the law and Victoria's legal system
Provides legal advice and representation to the Koori community
Provides professional indemnity insurance to Victorian legal practices
Offers counselling and practical assistance to victims of violent crime
Appoints and manages Justices of the Peace and bail justices
Administers claims to reimburse parties for their legal costs incurred as a result of circumstances beyond their control
Provides information and advice about consumer affairs to consumers and businesses
Independent statutory authority that regulates the legal profession in Victoria
Independent agency responsible for complaints against lawyers
Helps Victorians better understand the law and legal system by providing simple, easy to understand legal information in one spot
If you have a legal problem or want to find out about the law, Victoria Legal Aid can help you or refer you to someone who can
Community legal centres (CLCs) provide free and independent legal services to those who face economic and social disadvantage
This comprehensive plain English guide to the law features contact details for legal and non-legal services, and a glossary of legal terms
Get free and confidential advice about resolving disputes, such as neighbourhood disagreements, as an alternative to court
Office of the Public Advocate works to promote and protect the rights of people who have a disability or mental illness
Get advice about keeping safe, your rights and entitlements, and where to get help if you're a victim of crime
Victoria’s consumer affairs regulator helps Victorian consumers and businesses to be informed and responsible