VLAF Online Information Working Group

Guidelines - Final

The best practice guidelines for the development and maintenance of community legal information in Victoria were recently developed by our Online Legal Information Working Group to improve the quality of online community legal information. You can download the guidelines and supporting resources from the Victoria Law Foundation’s website or under the resources tab.

You can email your comments to Joh Kirby, Executive Director of the Victoria Law Foundation jkirby@victorialawfoundation.org.au


On 29 January 2013 the Attorney-General, Robert Clarke wrote to VLAF asking them to consider establishing an Online Legal Information Working Group. This followed a forum held on 6 December 2013 which drew together key legal bodies to look at how better to coordinate online legal information. One of the outcomes of this meeting was the recommendation to establish an ongoing working group.

VLAF established the Working Group in May 2013.

Aims and objectives


The aim of the working group is to provide opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing among legal information providers in Victoria leading to better coordination of the development of online and hardcopy legal information across the sector.


It will do this through:


Host agency

Victoria Law Foundation

Chair of working group

Joh Kirby, Executive Director, Victoria Law Foundation

Aim of the working group

Promote better coordination of the development of online and hardcopy legal information across the sector.

Who are the potential collaborative partners

All organisations that produce legal information for the community in Victoria.

What process or action needs to take place

Development of guidelines and information sharing structures.

How long will it take

Working Group to report to VLAF November 2013 and March 2014.

Terms of Reference

This working group will take the lead on a number of issues in the legal sector that need a focussed and joint approach from VLAF. This includes:

Working Group member organisations

Victoria Law Foundation

Federation of Community Legal Centres

Fitzroy Legal Service

Department of Justice

Law Library of Victoria Project

Victoria Legal Aid

Law Insitute of Victoria

VLAF Coordinator

Timeline for achieving the goals of the working group

The working group will aim to meets its objectives as follows: