‘Estimated legal costs’ means the amount of money which VLA considers the person applying for a grant of legal assistance would have to pay to a private lawyer for the legal services the person seeks.
VLA has three categories of estimated legal costs:
Table 1 sets out whether or not a person with a net disposable income of $256 or more a week will qualify for a grant of legal assistance under the income test, based on the category of estimated legal costs.
|Costs category||Estimated legal costs||Assistance granted|
|Category 1||Less than $1555||If net disposable income is more than $364 a week, VLA will not usually make a grant of legal assistance.|
|Category 2||Between $1555 and $6560||If net disposable income is between $256 and $434 a week, VLA may make a grant of legal assistance. If a grant of legal assistance is provided the person must pay an initial contribution.|
|Category 3||More than $6560||If net disposable income is more than $256 a week, VLA will usually make a grant of legal assistance unless the required initial contribution is more than the estimated legal costs.|