We are committed to building strong, effective partnerships with other organisations for the benefit of our clients. We work with state and national partners, lawyers in private practice, community legal centres, local communities and educational institutions.

Read more about our partnerships with:

National Legal Aid

As a member of National Legal Aid, we work with the other state and territory legal aid commissions to ensure that legal aid is delivered in the most effective and efficient way possible across Australia.

More information: National Legal Aid

Legal assistance forums

Australian Legal Assistance Forum

The Australian Legal Assistance Forum brings together National Legal Aid, the Law Council of Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, National Association of Community Legal Centres and National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum.

The forum allows these organisations to address legal assistance issues in Australia in a co-operative and co-ordinated way.

More information: Australian Legal Assistance Forum

Victorian Legal Assistance Forum

The Victorian Legal Assistance Forum (VLAF) brings together the Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (Vic), Federation of Community Legal Centres, Justice Connect, Law Institute of Victoria, the Victorian Bar, Victoria Law Foundation, Victoria Legal Aid and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service.

The forum allows these organisations to plan and advocate for increased access to legal services for socially and economically disadvantaged Victorians, and to develop responsive service delivery models.

VLAF also meets with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation to discuss funding arrangements for the legal assistance sector, including the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services.

This year VLAF:

  • established a working group, chaired by the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, to look at developing more co-ordinated and collaborative responses to address gaps in civil and family law needs of Indigenous clients, and improving entry points to mainstream legal assistance services to compliment Aboriginal-run legal services

  • held a conference on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), as part of the VLAF Disability Working Group (known as the Barwon Disability Advocacy Network). Over 100 legal and non-legal sector representatives explored the rollout of the NDIS to date, with a focus on improvements going forward
  • activated Disaster Legal Help Victoria in response to the Docklands apartment block fire in November 2014.

More information: Victorian Legal Assistance Forum

Educational institutions

We have established relationships with many educational institutions, including most of the major universities in Victoria. 

We provide opportunities for the students to undertake placements within our organisation to gain practical experience, including hosting law, research, business and criminal justice administration students. This year we hosted students from Monash University Faculty of Law

See Training, development and support for more about student training placements this year.