Legal Services Regulations 2011

Financial eligibility for legal aid

5 Legal aid for civil matters: maximum levels of income

(1)

The maximum levels of income for the purposes of determining an applicant’s eligibility for legal aid in respect of a civil matter are,—

(a)

for a single applicant with no dependent children,—

(i)

$22,846 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$23,326 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$23,820 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018:

(b)

for a single applicant with 1 dependent child, or an applicant with a spouse or partner and no dependent children,—

(i)

$36,180 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$36,940 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$37,722 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018:

(c)

for a single applicant with 2 dependent children, or an applicant with a spouse or partner and 1 dependent child,—

(i)

$52,027 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$53,119 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$54,245 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018:

(d)

for a single applicant with 3 dependent children, or an applicant with a spouse or partner and 2 dependent children,—

(i)

$59,122 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$60,363 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$61,642 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018:

(e)

for a single applicant with 4 dependent children, or an applicant with a spouse or partner and 3 dependent children,—

(i)

$66,065 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$67,453 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$68,882 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018:

(f)

for a single applicant with 5 dependent children, or an applicant with a spouse or partner and 4 dependent children,—

(i)

$73,853 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(ii)

$75,404 per year if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(iii)

$77,002 per year if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018.

(2)

If a single applicant has more than 5 dependent children, or an applicant has a spouse or partner and more than 4 dependent children, the maximum level of income per year for that applicant is calculated by—

(a)

adding $6,832 for each additional child to the amount specified in subclause (1)(f)(i) if the application is made during the period beginning with 4 July 2016 and ending with the close of 2 July 2017; and

(b)

adding $6,976 for each additional child to the amount specified in subclause (1)(f)(ii) if the application is made during the period beginning with 3 July 2017 and ending with the close of 1 July 2018; and

(c)

adding $7,124 for each additional child to the amount specified in subclause (1)(f)(iii) if the application is made on or after 2 July 2018.

Regulation 5: replaced, on 4 July 2016, by regulation 4 of the Legal Services Amendment Regulations 2016 (LI 2016/133).