The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) provides criminal, civil and family legal aid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Services include:
-Legal advice, assistance and representation in Criminal, Civil and Family Law matters.
-24 hours 7 days per week, on call response by Client Service Officers for Victoria Police matters involving Koori clients taken into custody.
-Community Legal Education Programs to increase the community’s knowledge of their rights and obligations before the law.
-Conducting research and collecting data on legal trends that effect Kooris.
-Pursuing and promoting law reform to address the disadvantage suffered by Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the legal and justice systems.
-Pursuing measures that aim to reduce the rate of imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
-Increasing public awareness and understanding of the problems faced by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community within the legal and justice system.
-Providing employment, training and career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.