Our relationship with Victoria Legal Aid

Our relationship with Victoria Legal Aid

Independent Mental Health Advocacy is a service delivered by Victoria Legal Aid. It is not a legal service and is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy complements and enhances Victoria Legal Aid’s existing legal services for people diagnosed with mental illness.

Victoria Legal Aid and Independent Mental Health Advocacy work alongside each other to provide comprehensive and holistic support to people who are being detained because of their mental illness.

About Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid is an independent statutory authority which helps people with their legal problems. It receives funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, but operates independently from them.

Victoria Legal Aid helps people with legal problems involving family breakdown, child protection, family violence, criminal matters, social security, discrimination, guardianship and administration, fines, immigration, tenancy and debt. Victoria Legal Aid lawyers can also provide legal representation at Mental Health Tribunal hearings.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy does not provide legal advice or representation. We will refer eligible people who require legal assistance to Victoria Legal Aid.

Victoria Legal Aid’s role supporting people diagnosed with a mental illness

Advocating for people with mental illness to be heard in the justice system has always been an important focus of Victoria Legal Aid’s work. 

Victoria Legal Aid’s significant expertise helping people with mental illness is used to advocate for law reforms to prevent, and more effectively resolve, legal problems that they experience.

Getting help from Victoria Legal Aid for your legal rights

Victoria Legal Aid lawyers may be able to help you if you are receiving compulsory mental health treatment by:

  • ensuring that the legal processes and legal safeguards in relation to compulsory treatment have been followed
  • providing you with legal advice and representation at the Mental Health Tribunal.

Getting help from Victoria Legal Aid for other legal problems

Victoria Legal Aid lawyers can also help you with other legal problems including Centrelink issues, discrimination, fines and infringements, family law issues and police matters.

You can get free information about many legal issues by:

You can also get help over the phone about the law and how Victoria Legal Aid can help you. This service is free.