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The Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC) provides a free and confidential legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

All centre activities aim to promote the rights of people who experience mental illness. The Centre is a non-profit organisation run by an independent Board of Governance.

The Mental Health Legal Centre is part of a network of Community Legal Centres located throughout Victoria and Australia. Community Legal Centres provide a three-tiered approach to the law, through casework, community legal education and law reform/policy.

Latest News

Mental Health Royal Commission

We welcome the announcement that the government will hold a Royal Commission into Mental Health if re-elected. We believe this is an opportunity to give voice to consumers, their support networks and organisations working across this complex sector.

We would take this opportunity to work with Government to define the terms of reference and look to redesign the systems and services in place for consumers. It is essential that any Royal Commission in Mental Health firmly places the voices of consumers at the heart of proceedings.

Ombudsman’s Investigation into State Trustees

Ombudsman Deborah Glass has begun investigating whether State Trustees is acting in the best interests of its vulnerable clients.  The investigation will examine State Trustees’ role as an administrator for people who are unable to manage their financial and legal affairs due to disability, illness or injury.  Read our submission here: MHLC Submission to Victorian Ombudsman – State Trustees – 2018

Ombudsman’s Investigation into the treatment of a woman found unfit to stand trial

The Victorian Ombudsman sought information from legal and community organisations and the public, to assist her investigation into the treatment of a woman found unfit to stand trial. Read our submission here: MHLC Submission to Victorian Ombudsman – Treatment of a woman found unfit to stand trial – 2018