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Dates for Duty Lawyer Service – Regional

We are pleased to announce the next round of VCAT Guardianship List duty lawyer attendances at Shepparton, Morwell and Ballarat.

If you wish to see one of our lawyers, you can simply turn up at VCAT on the day, or you can contact us to make an appointment.

Don’t forget we are also at William Cooper Justice Centre every Wednesday from 9am – 3:00pm, in collaboration with Deakin Law Clinic. Come by and see us on the 2nd floor, just past Courtroom 5. More information here.

Did you know? The legislation for guardianship and administration will be changing early in 2020. We will be running community legal education sessions around the changes to the law in the coming months. Get in touch if you’d like to book one for your community group!


  • 9 October
  • 30 October
  • 21 November
  • 4 December


  • 23 October
  • 20 November
  • 11 December


  • 10 October
  • 7 November
  • 5 December

Administration, Guardianship, Legal Assistance, News

Duty lawyer goes regional!

We are pleased to announce that our VCAT duty lawyer service for guardianship and administration matters will be making regional attendances next month.

We provide free legal advice and assistance to people who are the subject of a guardianship or administration application.

If there is a hearing about you on the day we are there, we can meet with you, provide you with advice, and represent you in the hearing. You can meet us at the Tribunal, or call and make an appointment.

If you don’t have a hearing that day, but would like to meet with a lawyer to talk to us about a guardianship or administration matter affecting you, you can call the numbers below to make an appointment.

We will be at Ballarat on 12 September – call 0481 091 061 to book an appointment

We will be at Shepparton on 17 September – call 0481 091 944 to book an appointment

We will be at Morwell on 18 September – call 0481 091 061 to book an appointment

To read more about our duty lawyer pilot at the William Cooper Justice Centre, see our previous post.


Statement regarding NVWC and National Disability Insurance Agency

The Applicant in this matter, NVWC, through their legal representatives, makes this statement about the above decision handed down on 13 August 2019 (Decision)

I am the person who applied to appeal the decision of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) about the supports they would fund in my plan.

I appealed because they told me:

“(NVWC) has been deemed eligible and granted access to the NDIS due to (their) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Psychosocial disability.  Neither of these disabilities include mobility issues that would require equipment such as a Mobility Scooter.  As access has been declined under (other conditions), NVWC does not have access under a physical disability.”

This basically says that if you are eligible for the NDIS because you have condition X, then that is the only thing you can have supports funded for.

Lots of people have more than one condition, and we can’t be separated out into our different disabilities.  I can’t just leave one disability at home and go out without my scooter!

The NDIA told me this is how it works for eighteen months.

As you can see from the decision, by the time we got to the hearing, they had conceded and agreed to fund the maintenance of my scooter.

I am making this statement so that other people know they should ask for help to appeal if they think the NDIA has made a wrong decision.

Administration, Guardianship, Legal Assistance, News

Duty Lawyer Service – VCAT Pilot

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service Inc. are combining with Deakin University’s Deakin Law Clinic to provide a Duty Lawyer service at the Guardianship List of VCAT in Melbourne.

The Duty Lawyer service will operate on Wednesdays, starting Wednesday 7th August, until further notice. If you have a Guardianship List hearing coming up, you can contact the Deakin Law Clinic in advance to make an appointment to get some advice and possible legal representation. Contact can be made by phone: (03) 9244 3000 or email:

You can also ask to see one of the Duty Lawyers on the day of your hearing if it is on a Wednesday, when you arrive at the William Cooper Justice Centre. Please arrive earlier than your hearing time to make sure you have time to talk with a Duty Lawyer.

More information here

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