Counsel’s fees – independent children’s lawyer

Counsel’s fees – independent children’s lawyer

The table below shows fees payable to counsel in the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court. This fee schedule is effective from 1 January 2017. For fee schedules prior to 1 January 2017, see Archived versions of the Handbook.

Service/proceeding Fee payable
(3 hours maximum for counsel)
(2 hours maximum for solicitor advocate)

$209 per hour, up to $627
$209 per hour, up to $418
Daily fee $1489
Take judgment $209

Counsel’s fees are only payable at Stages 1(c) and 2 (where appropriate*), otherwise counsel’s fees are to be paid out of the lump sum. Counsel’s fees are not payable where a matter is in the list but not reached.

Conference fees are not payable in Stage 1(c) matters.

Practitioners must claim all fees online using ATLAS.

* Where one of the exceptions in Guideline 5.1 are met.