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 $980
2G.2 – appearance in an interim contest hearing (defended daily fee) Federal family courts $1610
Take judgment Federal family courts $225

Stage 2H – litigation interv​ention FDRS

Service/proceedings Court Fee
2H.1 – preparation for litigation intervention FDRS conference FDRS $196
2H.2 – representing client at litigation intervention FDRS conference (limited to 1 conference) FDRS $784
2H.3 – attendance at litigation intervention FDRS when the conference does not proceed FDRS $196
Preparing and filing consent orders Any court $392
Distance allowance (all matters) FDRS $196

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 $1176
3A.2 – preparation for hearing estimated at more than one day Family Court $1960

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 $980
3C.2 – preparation for further hearing, estimated at up to three days Family Court $1372
3C.3 – preparation for further hearing, estimated at four days or more Family Court $2548

Stage 3D – preparation for trial, Federal Circuit Court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3D.1 – preparation for hearing, estimated at one day Federal Circuit Court $1568
3D.2 – preparation for hearing, estimated at more than one day Federal Circuit Court $2744

Stage 3E – additional preparation, Federal Circuit Court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
3E – additional preparation Federal family courts $196 per hour

Stage 4 – trial appearances

Service/proceedings Court Fee
4.1 – defended daily fee Federal family courts $1610
4.2 – counsel’s conference (up to 3 hours at $225 per hour) Federal family courts Up to $675
Take judgment Federal family courts $225

Procedural appearances

Service/proceedings Court Fee
Case management, mention, directions hearing, callover Federal family courts $392
Inspecting subpoenaed documents* Family Court $392
Appearance at defended subpoena list Family Court $588
Telephone mention Family Court $196
Distance allowance Federal family courts $196

*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 $2352
5.2 – counsel daily fee Family Court

$1251

Take judgment Family Court $225

Stage 5 – appeal to the full court

Service/proceedings Court Fee
5.3 – preparation Family Court $1960
5.4 – counsel daily fee Family Court $1610
Take judgment Family Court $225

Daily circuit fees

Court Fee
Albury $362
Bairnsdale $348
Ballarat $223
Bendigo $261
Castlemaine $208
Geelong $189
Hamilton $362
Mildura $442
Morwell $267
Sale $315
Shepparton $301
Traralgon $268
Warrnambool $348

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.