This section provides a listing of Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) offices throughout Victoria. Advice is provided for free over the telephone or in person. VLA provides also free duty lawyers at many courts and tribunals who may be able to assist you.
Tel: 1300 792 387 (Monday–Friday, 8.45 am–5.15 pm)
350 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9269 0234
101A Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875
Tel: 5153 1975
Area A, Level 1
75 Victoria Street, Ballarat Vic 3350
Tel: 5329 6222; 1800 081 719
Barwon region see Geelong
424 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo Vic 3550
Tel: 5448 2333; 1800 254 500
Level 1, Building 1, Broadmeadows Station Centre
1100 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows Vic 3047
Tel: 9302 8777
Central Highlands region see Ballarat
Level 1, 9–15 Pultney Street, Dandenong Vic 3175
Tel: 9767 7111
Cnr O’Grady Avenue and Dandenong Road, Frankston Vic 3199
Tel: 9784 5222
Level 2, 199 Moorabool Street, Geelong Vic 3220
Tel: 5226 5666; 1800 196 200
Goulburn region see Shepparton
29 Darlot Street, Horsham Vic 3400
Tel: 5381 6000; 1800 177 638
Loddon Campaspe region see Bendigo
2 Chapel Street, Morwell Vic 3840
Tel: 5134 8055
North-eastern suburbs call 1300 792 387
North-western suburbs see Broadmeadows
Outer-eastern suburbs see Ringwood
Peninsula region see Frankston
23 Ringwood Street, Ringwood Vic 3134
Tel: 9259 5444
36–42 High Street, Shepparton Vic 3630
Tel: 5823 6200
South Coast region see Warrnambool
Level 1, 474 Ballarat Road, Sunshine Vic 3020
Tel: 9300 5333
185 Fairy Street, Warrnambool Vic 3280
Tel: 5559 7222; 1800 651 022
Western suburbs see Sunshine
Westernport region see Dandenong
Wimmera region see Horsham
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) provides duty lawyers at many courts and tribunals across Victoria. This service is free. However, duty lawyers do not represent everyone. Call VLA’s legal help phone line on 1300 792 387 before your court date to find out if a duty lawyer can help you and what assistance they can provide. Duty lawyers may be able to assist with the matters listed below.
At the Children’s Court, a duty lawyer can help you with:
•criminal law matters;
•child protection applications;
•family violence and personal safety intervention orders.
At the Magistrates’ Court, a duty lawyer can help you with:
•adult criminal law matters;
•serious traffic matters;
•family violence matters and intervention orders;
•some infringement matters (if you have special circumstances).
At the Mental Health Review Board (hearings are held at in-patient units), a duty lawyer can help you with:
•involuntary treatment orders;
•community treatment orders.
At the Family Court, a duty lawyer can help you with family law matters.
At the Federal Circuit Court, a duty lawyer can help you with:
•family law matters;
•some immigration matters.
At VCAT, a duty lawyer can help you with:
•guardianship and administration matters;
•residential tenancy matters (tenants only);
•some civil claims matters.
At the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, a duty lawyer can help you with:
•Veterans’ Affairs matters;
•social security matters;
•some immigration matters.