Archived versions of the Handbook
Archived versions of the Handbook
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|31 December 2016||Victoria Legal Aid increased all professional fees and disbursements by 2 per cent. The fee increase covers all private practitioner fees. The new fees apply to all existing grants of legal assistance where the matter has not been finalised, and new grants made on or after that date. All appearances and additional preparation completed prior to the changes attract the old fees.||
||VLA Handbook (December 2016)|
|30 September 2016||Effective 1 October 2016, changes were made to the funding of recovery order matters. The changes allow for practitioners to claim one subsequent hearing fee where the recovery order hearing has been adjourned. In exceptional circumstances, funding is provided for additional preparation and a second subsequent hearing. This change aligns with the court practice of routinely adjourning matters, and order a section 11F report, prior to the making of a recovery order.||
||VLA Handbook (September 2016)|
|31 August 2016||Effective 1 September 2016, changes were made to the funding of child support matters in the State Magistrates' Court. The changes allow for up to three subsequent appearance fees to be claimed without an extension of legal assistance. This is a result of increased complexity in child support matters and to maintain client accessibility.||
||VLA Handbook (August 2016)|
|29 February 2016||
On 1 March 2016, changes to the means test were made to extend financial eligibility. The changes include increases to the following thresholds:
On 1 March 2016, substantial changes made to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 by the Children, Youth and Families (Permanent Care and Other Matters) Act 2014 came into effect. State Family Guidelines have been amended to take these changes into account. New State Family Guidelines 1–5 will replace the current Guidelines 1 and 2. The new Guidelines cover children, parents and third parties, IAO appeals to the Supreme Court, internal reviews of case plans and external reviews of case plans to VCAT.
||VLA Handbook (February 2016)|
|31 January 2016||
On 1 February 2016, the Major Criminal Cases Framework was implemented. The changes include:
||VLA Handbook (January 2016)|
|31 December 2015||
Victoria Legal Aid increased all professional fees and disbursements by 2 per cent. The fee increase covers all private practitioner fees. The new fees apply to all existing grants of legal assistance where the matter has not been finalised, and new grants made on or after that date. All appearances and additional preparation completed prior to the changes attract the old fees.
All professional fees and disbursements prior to the 2 per cent increase on 1 January 2016.
|VLA Handbook (December 2015)|
|29 October 2015||
On 30 October 2015, the first changes arising out of the Family Law Legal Aid Services Review were implemented. This resulted in changes to guidelines Early Intervention (Guideline 1), Litigation (Guideline 2) and Independent Children’s Lawyers (Guideline 5) and fee tables.
||VLA Handbook (October 2015)|
|31 July 2015||
On 31 July 2015, the Criminal Trial Preferred Barrister List was published. The changes are:
||VLA Handbook (July 2015)|
|15 March 2015||
On 16 March 2015, new guidelines and processes were introduced to Court of Appeal matters. The changes introduced:
||VLA Handbook (March 2015)|
|1 February 2015||From 1 February 2015, a grant of legal assistance made for family violence and personal safety intervention order matters will only be allocated to member of the relevant section 29A panel or a Victoria Legal Aid lawyer.||
||VLA Handbook (February 2015)|
|11 January 2015||
On 12 January 2015 changes were made to solicitor preparation fees and instructing/co-counsel fees for indictable crime trials in the county and supreme courts.
||VLA Handbook (January 2015)|
|31 December 2014||On 1 January 2015 there was a 2 per cent fee increase for all private practitioner fees and disbursements.||
||VLA Handbook (December 2014)|
|30 October 2014||
On 1 November 2014, the allocation of work guideline was updated as a result of the summary crime, family law and child protection section 29A panels becoming exclusive.
The new guideline removes the exception for allocation of work in relation to indictable crime matters and introduces an exception for family law matters.
All references to outdated allocation arrangements were removed from relevant parts of the Handbook
||VLA Handbook (October 2014)|
|31 August 2014||On 1 September 2014 changes were made to family law trial guidelines to include funding for legal representation at final hearing for people who meet the new eligibility criteria concerning family violence||
||VLA Handbook (August 2014)|
|31 December 2013||On 1 January 2014 there was a 1.4 per cent fee increase for all private practitioner professional fees.||
||VLA Handbook (December 2013)|
|31 October 2013||On 1 November 2013 changes were made to family law trial funding guidelines broadening the availability of fees for legal representation at trial.||
||VLA Handbook (October 2013)|
|7 April 2013||On 8 April 2013 changes were made to eligibility guidelines for ICL trial funding, family law matters, child protection matters, youth and adult summary crime and personal safety intervention matters.||
||VLA Handbook (April 2013)|
|6 January 2013||On 7 January 2013 changes were made to eligibility guidelines for family law trial funding, child protection matters, civil infringements applications, indictable (serious) crime and criminal appeal matters.||
||VLA Handbook (January 2013)|
|31 July 2012||On 1 August 2012 there was a two per cent fee increase for all private practitioner fees and disbursements.||
||VLA Handbook (July 2012)|
|31 October 2011||On 1 November 2011 the new family law guidelines were introduced and Fee Schedule 1M – Family law stage of matter limits replaced Fee Schedule 1L.||
||VLA Handbook (Oct 2011)|
|30 September 2011||
On 1 October 2011 there was a 10 per cent fee increase for all private practitioner fees and disbursements.
||VLA Handbook (Sept 2011)|