Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of assistance to an adult in the following proceedings:
- administrative review of decisions made under , including:
- applications to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to review a decision of the Child Support Registrar (first appeal to AAT)
- applications to the AAT to review a decision of the Social Services and Child Support Division of the AAT (second appeal to AAT)
- applications to a court, including:
- the person has sought and is unable to obtain assistance from our or a community legal centre
- the person has been, or will be funded by us in relation to another family law matter
- the following threshold tests are met:
- where the person is seeking assistance for enforcement of a child support order, the person alleges that there has been a of the order.
Other mandatory requirements
As well as the requirements set out in this guideline, an additional criterion applies in the following circumstances:
Where a person is not a parent of the child
Legal assistance in child support matters is most commonly granted to one or both of the parents of the . Where the person is not a parent of the child, the lawyer must also be satisfied that the person meets the requirements in the .
Applications for assistance under this guideline are within the and are submitted through our online lodgment service . Lawyers submitting an application must ensure that evidence supporting the application is kept on the file.
Ongoing assessment that client meets the guidelines
Notes on the guideline
Reviewed 20 February 2022