How the initial contribution is calculated based on income

How the initial contribution is calculated based on income

If the net disposable income of the person applying for the grant of legal assistance is $361 or more a week, Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) uses Table 2 to calculate:

  • the amount of the initial contribution which VLA will require the person to pay towards their legal costs; and
  • the period of time over which the person must pay the amount in instalments.

Table 2 – Calculating the initial contribution payable by a person whose net disposable income is $361 or more a week

Net disposable weekly income (rounded)

Category 1:
– estimated costs less than $1555
– contribution paid over 13 weeks
Category 2:
– estimated costs $1555-$6560
– contribution paid over 26 weeks
Category 3:
– estimated costs more than $6560
– contribution paid over 52 weeks
$361-369 ($365) $280 $580 $1175
$370-379 ($375) $340 $800 $1605
$380-389 ($385) $430 $1005 $1995
$390-399 ($395) $530 $1230 $2455
$400-409 ($405) $605 $1500 $3030
$410-419 ($415) $740 $1765 $3545
$420-429 ($425) $870 $2060 $4180
$430-439 ($435) $1070 $2395 $4855
$440-449 ($445) $1219 $2840 $5670
$450-459 ($455) $1418 $3240 $6485
$460-469 ($465) $1617 $3640 $7305
$470-479 ($475) $3830 $7720
$480-489 ($485) $4360 $8770
$490-499 ($495) $4890 $9735
$500-509 ($505) $5375 $10,900
$510-519 ($515) $5885 $11,780
$520-529 ($525) $6435 $12,835
$530-539 ($535) $6980 $13,900
$540 and over $13,900 plus $1065 for every $10 of net disposable weekly income more than $540