Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) is a government-funded agency set up to ensure that people who cannot afford to pay a private lawyer can get help with their legal problems. VLA provides:

free legal information for all Victorians;

free legal advice for people who meet the eligibility criteria;

duty lawyers in most courts and tribunals;

family dispute resolution for disadvantaged families;

legal assistance grants for people who meet the eligibility criteria.

VLA can help people with a range of legal problems including those relating to criminal matters, family separation, family violence, mental health and discrimination.

For more information about the services that VLA provide, see How legal aid can help.

Victoria Legal Aid – Melbourne metro (head office)

Level 9, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000

Tel: 9269 0234

Tel: 1300 792 387

Web: www.legalaid.vic.gov.au

VLA suburban offices

Broadmeadows

Level 1, Building 1, Broadmeadows Station Centre,

1100 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows Vic 3047

Tel: 9302 8777

Dandenong

Level 1, 9–15 Pultney Street, Dandenong Vic 3175

Tel: 9767 7111

Frankston

Cnr O’Grady Avenue and Dandenong Road,

Frankston Vic 3199

Tel: 9784 5222

Ringwood

23 Ringwood Street, Ringwood Vic 3134

Tel: 9259 5444

Sunshine

Level 1, 474 Ballarat Road, Sunshine Vic 3020

Tel: 9300 5333

VLA regional offices

Bairnsdale

87A Main Street, Bairnsdale Vic 3875

Tel: 5153 1975

Ballarat

Area A, Level 1,

75 Victoria Street, Ballarat Vic 3350

Tel: 5329 6222; 1800 081 719

Bendigo

424 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo Vic 3550

Tel: 5448 2333; 1800 254 500

Geelong

Level 2, 199 Moorabool Street, Geelong Vic 3220

Tel: 5226 5666; 1800 196 200

Horsham

29 Darlot Street, Horsham Vic 3400

Tel: 5381 6000; 1800 177 638

Morwell

2 Chapel Street, Morwell Vic 3840

Tel: 5134 8055

Shepparton

320–322 Wyndham Street, Shepparton Vic 3630

Tel: 5823 6200

Warrnambool

185 Fairy Street, Warrnambool Vic 3280

Tel: 5559 7222; 1800 651 022

Duty lawyers

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 (free legal advice 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.

For more information about duty lawyers, seeDuty lawyers” in How legal aid can help.