Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may provide a grant of legal assistance to a person for representation in a social security or other Commonwealth benefits matter in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if:
- the person may incriminate themself in the proceedings
- the case is complicated
- the case requires significant medical evidence
- it would be unreasonable to expect the person to adequately represent themselves due to
- VLA determines that the appeal involves an important or complex question of law.
- Having referred to guideline 2 and all available material, the lawyer’s assessment or report and documentation that shows:
- how the person seeking a grant of legal assistance may incriminate themselves if unrepresented
- aspects of the case which make it complicated
- any special circumstances which would make it unreasonable for the person applying for the grant of legal assistance to represent themselves
- any important or complex question of law raised by the matter.
- Reference to how the matter meets the .
- Relevant .
Reviewed 20 February 2022