Legal assistance

Villamanta has lawyers who  carry out individual casework for people with disability-related legal issues

We cannot provide individual casework for everybody who asks for it.  This page explains how we make decisions about when we provide individuals with legal assistance.  If your legal issue falls into one of the categories below, you may wish to contact us to discuss this.  Please note that at times of high demand we may not be able to provide you with legal assistance, and may need to refer you to another service, or to suggest other ways you can seek help.

What is a disability-related legal issue?

Villamanta has lawyers who  carry out individual casework for people with disability-related legal issues

We cannot provide individual casework for everybody who asks for it.  This page explains how we make decisions about when we provide individuals with legal assistance.  If your legal issue falls into one of the categories below, you may wish to contact us to discuss this.  Please note that at times of high demand we may not be able to provide you with legal assistance, and may need to refer you to another service, or to suggest other ways you can seek help.

  • A person with disability has their rights restricted, or
  • A particular law applies to people with disability and not to others people.

Some of these laws include:

  • Disability Act 2006 (Vic)
  • Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 (Vic)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (Cth)

Examples of disability-related legal issues

This list gives examples of the types of legal issues where we will generally provide legal assistance if we have the capacity to do so:

  • Issues with disability specific accommodation (group homes, SRS, Specialist Disability Accommodation etc) including quality, safety, and notices to vacate
  • Supervised Treatment Orders under the Disability Act 2006
  • Applications for guardianship or administration orders under the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019
  • Issues with disability service providers, especially where they are restricting the rights of the person with disability
  • Financial abuse

These issues disproportionately affect people with intellectual disabilities and other cognitive impairments.

If your legal issue is not a disability related justice issue, you can find more information about who you can speak on on our Referrals page.

Who can request get legal assistance from Villamanta?

  • Any person who has a disability and a disability-related legal issue;
  • Any guardian, administrator, family member, friend, advocate, or other person who has been asked by someone who has a disability and a

When we have limited capacity to provide individual legal assistance, we take the following factors into consideration:

  • How serious the issue is in relation to the person’s rights;
  • How likely it is to be successful (and whether non-legal advocacy will be more helpful);
  • Whether it will make a positive difference for a lot of people who have a disability;
  • Whether other legal services do this type of work;
  • Whether we have the skills and resources that are needed;
  • Whether we can work on the problem with another person or organisation.

Examples of things we do

  • Representing people in tribunals, such as the Guardianship List of The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
  • Writing letters on behalf of people on matters to do with disability related legal issues;
  • Negotiating on behalf of people on disability related legal issues;
  • Giving advice about disability related legal issues;
  • Supporting people to make complaints, for example to the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Legal assistance

Villamanta has lawyers who  carry out individual casework for people with disability-related legal issues

We cannot provide individual casework for everybody who asks for it.  This page explains how we make decisions about when we provide individuals with legal assistance.  If your legal issue falls into one of the categories below, you may wish to contact us to discuss this.  Please note that at times of high demand we may not be able to provide you with legal assistance, and may need to refer you to another service, or to suggest other ways you can seek help.

Other legal assistance we provide

We have been funded to assist people with the National Disability Insurance Scheme appeals.  You can find more information about that on our NDIS page.

We have also been funded to assist people wishing to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.  You can find more information about that on our Royal Commission page.

f your legal issue is not a disability related justice issue, you can find more information about who you can speak on on our Referrals page.

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