Fees payable under the Family Violence and Cross-Examination Scheme

Fees payable under the Family Violence and Cross-Examination Scheme

Where a lawyer is in receipt of assistance under the Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties Scheme in the Family Court or the Federal Circuit Court, the fees payable are outlined on this page and in accordance with Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA’s) fees as contained in Fee Table 4. The fees outlined in these tables should be read in conjunction with Fees – entitlements and conditions.

Fees payable under the scheme

Stage 2G – interim contested hearing

Service/proceedings Court Fee
2G.1 – prepare for an interim contest Federal family courts $965
2G.2 – appearance in an interim contest hearing (defended daily fee) Federal family courts $1579
Take judgment Federal family courts $221

Stage 2H – litigation interv​ention FDRS

Service/proceedings Court Fee
2H.1 – preparation for litigation intervention FDRS conference FDRS $193
2H.2 – representing client at litigation intervention FDRS conference (limited to 1 conference) FDRS $772
2H.3 – attendance at litigation intervention FDRS when the conference does not proceed FDRS $193
Preparing and filing consent orders Any court $386
Distance allowance (all matters) FDRS $193

Stage 3A – preparation and first day of trial, Family Court (parenting matters)

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3A.1 – preparation for hearing estimated at one day Family Court $1158
3A.2 – preparation for hearing estimated at more than one day Family Court $1930

Stage 3C – further preparation and continuation of trial, Family Court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3C.1 – preparation for further hearing, estimated at one day Family Court $965
3C.2 – preparation for further hearing, estimated at up to three days Family Court $1351
3C.3 – preparation for further hearing, estimated at four days or more Family Court $2509

Stage 3D – preparation for trial, Federal Circuit Court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3D.1 – preparation for hearing, estimated at one day Federal Circuit Court $1544
3D.2 – preparation for hearing, estimated at more than one day Federal Circuit Court $2702

Stage 3E – additional preparation, Federal Circuit Court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3E – additional preparation Federal family courts $193 per hour

Stage 4 – trial appearances

Service/proceedings Court Fee
4.1 – defended daily fee Federal family courts $1579
4.2 – counsel’s conference (up to 3 hours at $221 per hour) Federal family courts Up to $663
Take judgment Federal family courts $221

Procedural appearances

Service/proceedings Court Fee
Case management, mention, directions hearing, callover Federal family courts $386
Inspecting subpoenaed documents* Family Court $386
Appearance at defended subpoena list Family Court $579
Telephone mention Family Court $193
Distance allowance Federal family courts $193

*The fee to attend court to inspect subpoenaed documents is payable per attendance, not per document. Lawyers are expected to minimise the need for multiple attendances to inspect documents. This is because the inspection of documents is considered to be preparation for trial and should primarily be covered by the 3A lump sum fees.

Stage 5 – appeal to a single judge

Service/proceedings Court Fee
5.1 – preparation Family Court $2316
5.2 – counsel daily fee Family Court

$1227

Take judgment Family Court $221

Stage 5 – appeal to the full court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
5.3 – preparation Family Court $1930
5.4 – counsel daily fee Family Court $1579
Take judgment Family Court $221

Daily circuit fees

Court Fee
Albury $355
Bairnsdale $342
Ballarat $219
Bendigo $256
Castlemaine $204
Geelong $186
Hamilton $355
Mildura $434
Morwell $262
Sale $309
Shepparton $295
Traralgon $263
Warrnambool $342

Disbursements

VLA will reimburse the following disbursements:

  • any court fees required to be paid by a legally assisted person
  • interpreters' fees
  • service fees
  • disbursements which have prior written approval of VLA.

In exceptional circumstances, VLA may consider providing assistance for other disbursements in accordance with Table Q – Expert reports and court attendances in family law matters.