Other Resources & Support Services

Mental Health Tribunal
The Mental Health Tribunal is an independent statutory tribunal established as an essential safeguard to protect the rights and dignity of people with mental illness. The primary function of the Tribunal is to determine whether the criteria for compulsory mental health treatment as set out in the Mental Health Act 2014 apply to a person.

Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner is an independent, specialist body established under the Mental Health Act 2014 to safeguard rights, resolve complaints about Victorian public mental health services and recommend improvements.

Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
The Victorian Chief Psychiatrist promotes the rights of people receiving mental health treatment in public mental health services and provides clinical leadership, including the promotion of continuous improvement in the quality and safety of mental health services.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (Imha)

Imha support people who are receiving compulsory mental health treatment to make decisions and have as much say as possible about their assessment, treatment and recovery.  Imha’s advocates are based in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Dandenong, but support people across Victoria and offer a service is independent, free and confidential.

Court Network provide emotional support and information for people attending the Children’s Court, Family Court, Coroners Court, Magistrates Court, County Court and Supreme Court and advocate for the needs of all court users.

Federation of Community Legal Centres
Community Legal Centres across Victoria provide free legal services, community legal education, and policy and advocacy work. Find you nearest centre on the Federation website.

Victoria Legal Aid  (VLA)
VLA focus on protecting and promoting the legal rights of socially and economically disadvantaged people in Victoria by providing information, referrals, advice and legal representation in the areas of family, civil and criminal law.

VLA Law Handbook
The VLA Handbook provides detailed information about the types of matters where VLA may make a grant of legal assistance.

Victorian Legal Services Board
The Victorian Legal Services Board is an independent statutory authority, responsible for regulation of the legal profession in Victoria. The VLSB website includes a fact sheet on ‘Working with your lawyer’ and information on making a complaint.