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For legal aid to be granted all applicants must meet the means test unless:
An applicant must provide Legal Aid Queensland with details regarding their financial circumstances, including all income and assets and information about the financial circumstances of anyone who provides financial help.
Legal Aid Queensland requires the following documentation to assess an applicants financial eligibility for aid:
When electronically lodging applications for aid practitioners must ensure that they retain copies of the client's payslips, bank statements and/or Centrelink income statement for audit purposes. If the client is temporarily in custody and it is not possible to obtain this documentation the practitioner must obtain this at the earliest available opportunity.
Financial help is where another person regularly gives you money, helps pay your bills or shares your living expenses. This could be a relative, friend, or your current or former partner or spouse. If you are in dispute with a person you usually receive financial help from, we will not take their income and assets into account.
Special consideration may be given to applicants who experience multiple disadvantages where their assets exceed the limit set out in the means test where the request for legal assistance meets the applicable guidelines and merits tests but the applicant would be excluded from approval of a grant because their assets exceed the thresholds set out in the means test.
In determining whether an applicant experiences multiple disadvantages, the assessing officer will consider whether the applicant meets any of the following criteria:
For the purposes of this policy applicants in receipt of a veterans pension are not deemed to be automatically eligible under the income test.
The income test will be applied in these matters unless the applicant is applying for aid to appeal:
Applications for aid that are to be considered under the means test special circumstance guidelines will be referred to a grants manager for determination.