We help people with their legal problems. We focus on protecting the rights of Victorians and representing those who need it the most.
Ballarat Central highlands region
Area A, Level 1
75 Victoria St, Ballarat VIC 3350
(03) 5329 6222
or Legal Help on 1300 792 387
Victoria Legal Aid
Free legal advice
If you have a legal problem, or want to find out information about the law, Victoria Legal Aid may be able to help.
Depending on your legal matter and your circumstances, we may be able to give you legal advice over the phone or refer you to see a lawyer. Our lawyers give free legal advice on a range of matters to people who need it most.
If you have a court hearing, but do not have your own lawyer, you may be able to get help at court from one of our duty lawyers. The duty lawyer service is free but we cannot help everyone, so it is best to call us before going to court.
Call 1300 792 387, weekdays from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm for free information about the law and how we can help you.
Get a lawyer to run your case
If you are unable to resolve your legal problem on your own and cannot afford a lawyer, we may be able to pay for a lawyer to help you. This is called a ‘grant of legal assistance’.
Grants of legal assistance are usually for criminal or family matters, but they can also be given in some other matters such as guardianship, infringements, immigration, social security, mental health or discrimination cases.
A grant may pay for some or all of the following types of work:
-helping you resolve matters in dispute
-preparing legal documents
-representing you in court.
When considering if you are eligible for a grant, we look at:
-What your case is about
-The likely benefit to you
-If helping you can benefit the public
-Your financial situation using a means test
The application process for a grant of legal assistance requires questions about your legal problem and your financial situation to help us work out if you can get a grant of legal assistance.
You will also need to give us documents to support your application, including:
-proof of your income, such as a recent payslip, health care card
-Centrelink benefit statement, bank or credit union account statements for the last three months.
For more information visit:
Family Dispute Resolution
Victoria Legal Aid Family Dispute Resolution Service helps people resolve their family law disputes. Trained family dispute resolution practitioner helps people involved in a family law dispute:
-Identify and consider their options
-Work towards reaching an agreement.
In most cases, you can only apply to a family law court for an order about your children if you have a certificate from a family dispute resolution practitioner.
We can organise a conference with a family dispute resolution practitioner to help you:
-Develop a parenting plan which sets out arrangements for the care of your children
-Sort out financial issues, such as the division of the property of a relationship, spousal maintenance and maintenance for children over 18 years old.
For more information about Victoria Legal Aid Family Dispute Resolution Service please contact the legal help line on: 1300 792 387
Duty lawyers help people who are at court for a hearing, but do not have their own lawyer. The Duty Lawyer Service is free. However duty lawyers do not represent everyone. Therefore it is always best to speak to us before going to court.
Duty Lawyers can help with:
-Criminal law matters
-Family Violence Matters
-Mental Health Tribunal
Contact us on 1300 792 387 to find out if you can see a duty lawyer or how we can help you with your legal problem.
Community education and projects
We provide legal education to help build knowledge in the community about legal rights and responsibilities. We also produce information to help people once they are in the legal system, and maintain a range of legal tools that can be used by teachers and other workers. Our focus is on early intervention to prevent legal problems from arising or escalating.
If you are interested in finding out more about our community legal education projects, or how to collaborate with us on a project, please contact:
Community Legal Education
Phone: (03) 9269 0234 and ask for Community Legal Education
Or visit our website: