What is legal aid?

“Legal aid” refers to free or low-cost legal services that help people resolve their legal problems. In Victoria, this includes services such as:

legal information;

legal advice;

ongoing legal help;

legal representation (e.g. in court).

Who provides legal aid?

The agencies that provide legal aid services can be grouped as follows:

Victoria Legal Aid;

community legal centres (e.g. Fitzroy Legal Service);

specialist community legal centres that focus on particular legal areas (e.g. the Mental Health Legal Centre, Environmental Justice Australia);

specialist community legal centres that help particular groups (e.g. the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Women’s Legal Service, Youthlaw);

private law firms offering free legal advice and assistance (through grants of legal assistance or by referral from Justice Connect or the Law Institute of Victoria);

a range of other organisations.

A list of agencies that provide legal services can be found in Legal services that can help.