Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance to a war veteran or to a dependant of a war veteran for an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) from:
- a decision of the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB) about war-caused disability pension entitlements or assessment claims under Part II of the
- a decision of the VRB about claims under the relating to warlike or non-warlike service, if those decisions are about:
- acceptance of liability under Chapter 2 of the Act
- rehabilitation programs under Part 2 of Chapter 3 of the Act
- permanent impairment under Part 2 of Chapter 4 of the Act
- incapacity payments for former members of the Australian Defence Force under Part 4 of Chapter 4 of the Act
- the special rate disability pension under Part 6 of Chapter 4 of the Act and/or
- dependants’ benefits under Chapter 5 of the Act.
An application for a grant of legal assistance under this guideline is not subject to the or requirement of a towards the cost of legal assistance, other than to the extent of any costs recovered in the matter.
Liability for costs in appeals
It is important to note that if veterans decide to appeal against a decision of the AAT, they may be exposed to a liability for the Repatriation Commission’s costs of defending the appeal. The practitioners for veterans are specifically required to point this out to the legally assisted veteran.
- details of any disability or impairment claimed,
- decision of the Veteran’s Review Board (if required)
- reference to how the matter meets the .
Reviewed 26 April 2023