Guideline 2 – social security and other benefits: administrative appeals

Guideline 2 – social security and other benefits: administrative appeals

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may provide a grant of legal assistance to a person for representation in a social security or other Commonwealth benefits matter in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal if:

  • the person may incriminate themself in the proceedings
  • the case is complicated
  • the case requires significant medical evidence
  • it would be unreasonable to expect the person to adequately represent themselves due to special circumstances
  • VLA determines that the appeal involves an important or complex question of law.

Documentary requirements

Applications under this guideline can only be submitted via the standard grants assessment process.

A member of the section 29A practitioner panel or section 30 referral panel seeking a grant of legal assistance should submit an application via ATLAS for assessment, including all of the following documents:

  • having referred to guideline 2 and all available material, the lawyer’s assessment or report and documentation that shows:
    • how the person seeking a grant of legal assistance may incriminate themselves if unrepresented
    • aspects of the case which make it complicated
    • any special circumstances which would make it unreasonable for the person applying for the grant of legal assistance to represent themselves
      or
    • any important or complex question of law raised by the matter
  • reference to how the matter meets the Commonwealth merits test
  • relevant proof of means.