A ‘cost ceiling’ is the maximum amount which Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) will pay in costs and disbursements in any single grant of assistance for a Commonwealth family law matter.
The cost ceiling in adult family law matters is $15,510 (including GST).
This includes all costs and disbursements except:
VLA calculates the cost ceiling by adding together:
From this total, VLA then subtracts:
If a matter reaches the cost ceiling, then VLA will not pay further fees or costs without prior approval.