Income test

Income test

Who qualifies for a grant of legal assistance under the income test?

If the net disposable income of the person (and any financially associated person) is $360 or less a week:

  • the person qualifies financially for a grant of legal assistance
    and
  • Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) will not require the person to pay an initial contribution from their income towards their legal costs.

If the net disposable income of the person (and any financially associated person) is $361 or more a week:

  • VLA may make a grant of legal assistance
    and
  • any grant of legal assistance will be on condition that the person pay an initial contribution towards their legal costs.

The amount of the contribution will depend on the estimated legal costs of the service the person seeks. See Table 2 and Table 3.