Civil and Human Rights Practice

Legal information, referrals, advice and casework on a broad range of civil legal issues.

Community members should always feel free to call the VALS Civil and Human Rights Practice team on 9418 5999 for a yarn about their legal issue. If it’s not something we can assist with, we’ll do our best to link you with someone who can.

The VALS Civil and Human Rights Practice can assist with a wide range of legal issues, including:

  • Infringements
  • Tenancy
  • Employment (termination only)
  • Victims of Crime
  • Police complaints
  • Discrimination and human rights
  • Some Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIVO) matters
  • Coronial inquest/death in custody matters
  • Credit/debt and consumer law issues
  • Working with Children Check suspension/cancellation
  • Some prisoners’ rights issues

 

We can only provide legal advice and casework to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons, who meet our financial eligibility test, where there is no conflict of interest.

In some instances, we provide advice only, and in other instances we will open a file to conduct ongoing casework. Where we can’t assist directly, we can usually provide people with information and/or referrals to other services that may be able to assist.

Before we can open a casework file for a person, they must provide VALS with sufficient confirmation of Aboriginality.

The table below explains what we can do for you in relation to most types of civil law areas. You can download a copy by the table by clicking here.

 

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service – areas of civil law assistance