Note: The lawyer is not required to assess eligibility under this guideline. Grants under this guideline are assessed by Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) and allocated to practitioners on the independent children's lawyer (ICL) panel.
- a court orders separate representation of the child and asks VLA to appoint an ICL
- VLA decide that it is reasonable in the circumstances to make a grant of legal assistance for separate representation of the .
ICLs may also get assistance for ongoing work necessary for the implementation of orders.
Applications for assistance under this guideline are not administered via the , but are assessed by us. Lawyers submitting an application in must ensure that evidence supporting the application is uploaded to ATLAS with the application.
Appearing and instructing as an ICL
Where the ICL has briefed counsel to appear at the final hearing, VLA may provide a limited instructing fee for the ICL to instruct at key points of the final hearing.
Fees avai lable
Costs where an ICL is appointed
In matters where an ICL is appointed in a parenting disputes matter, parties may be required to contribute to the costs of the ICL. This requirement does not apply in proceedings about involving a child.
Notes on this guideline
Reviewed 20 April 2023