Types of matters that will not be assisted

Types of matters that will not be assisted

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) will not normally make a grant of legal assistance in any of the following:

  • criminal law matters:
    • court applications for stays (see Criminal law guideline 8)
    • applications to a court for an order that VLA make a grant of assistance.
  • State family matters: applications to revoke or vary orders if there are no proceedings.
  • Commonwealth family law matters:
    • change of name applications
    • preparation and filing of consent orders only.
  • State civil law matters: (see State civil law guideline 8)
    • cases in the Residential Tenancies List at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
    • town planning disputes
    • Royal Commissions or Parliamentary inquiries
    • internal disputes in organisations
    • proceedings on behalf of an unincorporated association or a corporation
    • employment disputes
    • building disputes
    • change of name applications
    • commercial disputes or business disputes
    • testator family maintenance applications
    • an application by a corporation or any other party for an adoption order or opposing an adoption order
    • a plaintiff if there is an alternative funding arrangement available.