Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance to a person for a general civil law matter if the amount of the claim is $5000 or more, subject to the restrictions discussed below.
VLA may limit the grant to:
- an investigation of and further report on the merits of the case
- mediation of the dispute.
VLA will not grant assistance to a plaintiff if there is an alternative funding arrangement available
VLA will not grant legal assistance to a plaintiff or a prospective plaintiff seeking damages or the recovery of property in a common law, equitable or statutory action if the action could be conducted either:
- under a conditional costs agreement with a private lawyer
VLA may grant assistance to a defendant in limited circumstances
VLA may make a grant of legal assistance to a defendant in a general civil law claim for an amount of $5000 or more only if:
- the defendant’s sole home is at immediate risk in the action (for example, the defendant has given a security over their house or their house is the only asset they have to meet a claim against them)
- there is a strong prospect the defendant can defend the action or get a life tenancy of the property
Reviewed 26 April 2023