Many private lawyers do legal aid work with VLA’s assistance. In these circumstances, VLA pays the lawyer. Ask about applying for legal assistance when you make an appointment with a lawyer.
The Law Institute of Victoria operates the Find a Lawyer Legal Referral Service. Through this program, a client is referred to an appropriate lawyer (i.e. a lawyer who practises in the specific area of law you need help with). The lawyer provides the first 30 minutes free of charge. Normal fees are charged after the first 30 minutes, or if additional work needs to be done on your behalf.
To get a referral to see a lawyer:
•phone 9607 9550, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; or
•fill-in an online form (available at www.liv.asn.au/referral.aspx).