Victoria Legal Aid Handbook for Lawyers

Stage 5 – appeals in the Family Court

Under a stage 5 grant, fees are available (where applicable) for appeals in the FCFCOA (Division 1) in Commonwealth family law matters.

Appeal to a single judge

Service/proceedings Court Fee
5.1 – preparation Family Court $2448
5.2 – counsel daily fee Family Court $1301
Take judgment Family Court $233

Appeal to the full court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
5.3 – preparation Family Court $2040
5.4 – counsel daily fee Family Court $1674
Take judgment Family Court $233

Entitlements and conditions

  • The stage 5 grant is a lump sum grant.
  • Lawyers claiming these fees must use ATLAS unless they are not registered for GST, in which case a tax invoice can be submitted.
  • Counsel’s fees are not payable where matter is in the list but not reached.
  • Circuit fees (where applicable) are also payable (see fee table 4.3 – counsel costs and daily circuit fees).
  • The fee for taking judgment is available where the appearance is required on a separate day to receive the judgment.

This fee table is effective from 1 January this year. For fees prior to this, see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Reviewed 31 December 2022