Guideline 12 – social security cases at the ARO and SSAT stages

Guideline 12 – social security cases at the ARO and SSAT stages

Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) may make a grant of legal assistance for representation in social security matters at the Authorised Review Officer (ARO) stage and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) stage.

Documentary requirements

Simplified grants assessment process

Applications under this guideline can only be made via the simplified grants assessment process by an in-house practitioner. An application should be submitted via ATLAS for assessment.

Standard grants assessment process

Any other member of the section 29A practitioner panel or section 30 referral panel seeking a grant of legal assistance must apply via the standard grants assessment process. The following documents should be forwarded for assessment: