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CALD resources for witnesses

Resources for culturally and linguistically diverse clients related to witnesses.

VLA services and translated publications

All of VLA's translated resources are available on our website.

See Translations(opens in a new window).

For information about VLA services in 24 different community languages see Get help in your own language(opens in a new window).

Support for newly arrived communities

For videos and an education kit to help people to understand the law in Victoria. Topics include:

  • the Australian legal system
  • buying a car
  • car accidents
  • centrelink
  • child protection and parenting
  • consumer issues
  • discrimination
  • driving
  • employment
  • family law
  • family violence
  • fines
  • police
  • renting.

See What's the law? Australian law for new arrivals (videos)(opens in a new window).

Magistrates' Court of Victoria

The Court's website has information about interpreter and translation services that can help people from CALD communities to understand the court process.

See Magistrates' Court—interpreters(opens in a new window).

VLA interpreters and translators policy

Victoria Legal Aid has a policy and guide to help staff who are working with CALD communities. Information includes:

  • how to identify when an interpreter is needed
  • how to work effectively with interpreters and translators.

See Interpreters and translators policy(opens in a new window).