How the initial contribution is calculated based on assets

How the initial contribution is calculated based on assets

Table 3 shows how the initial contribution payable is calculated for:

  • a person who has no relevant financially associated person (FAP) and the total value of the person’s assets is more than $1095 (Column A)
  • a person who has an FAP and the total value of their combined assets is more than $2190 (Column B).

See: What is included as assets.

Paying an initial contribution assessed on assets

A person who receives a grant of legal assistance must usually pay the initial contribution assessed on assets in a lump sum.

However, if the person can show to Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) that he or she would suffer undue hardship by having to pay in a lump sum, VLA may allow the person to pay by instalments or extend the time for the lump sum payment to be made.

Table 3 – Calculating the initial contribution payable

Column A Column B
Net value of assets
(rounded to nearest $100)
Contribution Net value of assets
(rounded to nearest $100)
Contribution
$100 $20 $1600 $500
$200 $40 $1700 $550
$300 $60 $1800 $600
$400 $80 $1900 $650
$500 $100 $2000 $700
$600 $130 $2100 $760
$700 $160 $2200 $820
$800 $190 $2300 $880
$900 $220 $2400 $940
$1000 $250 $2500 $1000
$1100 $290 $2600 $1060
$1200 $330 $2700 $1120
$1300 $370 $2800 $1180
$1400 $410 $2900 $1240
$1500 $450 $3000 $1300
more than $3000 $1300 plus the full value of assets above $3000