Governing legislation

Victoria Legal Aid is an independent statutory authority established under the Legal Aid Act 1978 (Vic). We receive funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian governments and through the Public Purpose Fund, but are independent of government.

Our responsibilities are set out in the Act, which gives us authority to provide legal aid in accordance with the legislation, and to control and administer the Legal Aid Fund.

We are also required to perform functions according to any specific written direction given by the Victorian Attorney-General. No ministerial directions were given during 2014–15.

We have legislated and organisational processes in place to ensure transparency and accountability to the Victorian public. These include external and internal auditing, regular reporting to stakeholders, and the tabling of audited financial statements as part of this report.

Organisational chart

Access and Equity – Kristen Hilton; Civil Justice – Kristen Hilton; Criminal Law – Helen Fatouros; Family, Youth and Children's Law – Nicole Rich; Chambers – Tim Marsh; Legal Practice – Meagan Keogh; Research and Communications – Cameron Hume. Managing Director, Bevan Warner. Victoria Legal Aid Board. Attorney-General The Hon Robert Clark.

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The Board

Audit Committee

Agency executive

Independent review

Community Consultative Committee

Strategic planning

National Partnership Agreement