Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may provide a grant of assistance for a or to appeal or respond to an appeal against an interim accommodation order (IAO) made in the Children's Court (Family Division) where:
- the IAO places the child/ren out of the parents’ care
- there are reasonable prospects of the child/ren being immediately placed in the care of a parent
- where the person applying for assistance is a parent, that parent has reasonable prospects of the child/ren being placed in their care
- the IAO places the child/ren in the parent's care
the child or parent is responding to the appeal initiated by or supported by DFFH and there are reasonable prospects that the interim accommodation order will be upheld.
Simplified grants assessment process
Grants to appeal against an IAO are submitted by way of an extension on the substantive grant and are VLA assessed. Lawyers seeking a grant of legal assistance must submit an application via , uploading the appropriate documents set out under the relevant guideline in and retaining on file the remaining documents set out in the notes.
Reviewed 30 August 2022