The Victorian Legal Assistance Forum promotes collaboration and co-ordination in the delivery of legal services for socially and economically disadvantaged people in Victoria.


Once again the Victorian Legal Assistance Forum (VLAF) is offering those working in the legal assistance sector the chance to participate in an observational placement in another legal assistance service to promote more efficient and effective referrals. This program was a great success when it was run over the past few years and workers reported great benefits from seeing other organisations in action.

VLAF will organise an observational placement (minimum of 2 hours) at another legal service to improve their understanding of the services provided by the organisation. Organisations involved in observational placement are as follows:

To ensure we provide a coordinated placement program, we are collecting some initial information to gauge interest and coordinate the placements. Once the information is collected individuals will be put in contact with their preferred organisation.  It is anticipated that the placement will take place within the next six months.

If your organisation is interested in the observational placement scheme, there is a short survey to be fill out by each staff member. Please make sure this is done by Friday 28 March 2014.

This should only take a few minutes. To access the form, go to the link below (or copy and paste the text) in your internet browser.

Please contact Tara Skinner if you have any questions at


Final online information guidelines are now available

The VLAF Online Legal Information Working Group has just released the final version of its Best practice guidelines for the development and maintenance of community legal information in Victoria.

You can use the guidelines to create better websites or improve your current one.

You can see the final guidelines here.

VLAF Policy and CLE worker Network Meeting

The Victorian Legal Assistance Forum (VLAF) is hosting a networking meeting for workers in the legal assistance sector whose work covers aspects of policy, community development and community legal education.
The session features presentations by Rachel Ball from the Human Rights Law Centre and Angela Costi from Victoria Legal Aid on the use of storytelling in policy and legal education work respectively.
This event is open to all workers in the legal assistance sector. This is a great opportunity to share knowledge, showcase projects and plan future collaborations.
VENUE Lionel Murphy Centre, 360 Queen St, Melbourne
DATE Tuesday 10 December 2013
TIME 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Video conferencing will be available through VLA regional offices for the presentations by prior arrangement.
Please indicate if you wish to attend via video conferencing.
Please indicate any dietary preferences.
For more information contact Simon Roberts – or (03) 9269 0545

DisabilityCare Working Group

We have information on this new working group now on this site

Online Legal Information Working Group

The terms of reference for this group is now available online

We have established working groups on prisoners and evaluating programs and projects and information on those groups will be available soon.


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