Citizens interact with governments daily without problem. Less frequent but more important interactions may require legal assistance. Six of them, which relate directly to an individual’s rights and need to be actively claimed, fought for or defended are dealt with in this section. They are immigration and refugees; appealing government decisions; taking a problem to the ombudsman; privacy and your rights; freedom of information law; and complaints against Victoria Police. Commonwealth law apply to many of these areas, where the Commonwealth AAT is the review tribunal, but state laws apply to VCAT proceedings and Victoria Police.
This section includes the following topics: