Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance to a person for an infringements matter when the person is liable to pay multiple infringements exceeding $5000, and:

  • wants to apply to revoke an infringement warrant or an enforcement order or seek enforcement review


  • has a matter listed in the Magistrates’ Court in relation to an infringement warrant


  • has a matter listed in the Special Circumstances List of the Magistrates’ Court.

The person must also meet at least one of the following:


  • have a mental or intellectual disability, disorder or illness, either now or when the offence occurred


  • have a serious addiction to drugs, alcohol or a volatile substance either now or when the offence occurred


have been homeless at the time of the offence.

There must be a strong likelihood that getting a grant of legal assistance will result in:

  • the enforcement order being revoked


  • the infringement penalty being substantially discharged.

A person who does not meet this guideline is not eligible for assistance under the State’s special circumstances.

Documentary requirements

Applications under this guideline can only be submitted via the standard grants assessment processExternal Link .

An in-house lawyer or a lawyer on the section 30 referral panel seeking a grant of legal assistance should submit an application via ATLASExternal Link for assessment, including all of the following documents:

  • relevant proof of meansExternal Link .
  • copies of the penalty enforcement notices for any infringements
  • the lawyer’s assessment of the likely outcome
  • documentary proof of any illness or condition claimed to meet guideline 13

Costs payable

Please see Fee Schedule 2, Table X.

Reviewed 26 April 2023

In this section