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For legal aid to be granted to review a decision by CSA the following tests must be satisfied:
Applicants seeking a grant of legal assistance should forward all of the following documents for assessment:
Practitioners seeking a grant of legal assistance should electronically submit an application for aid via the Grants Online system attaching:
The following documents are retained on file but may be requested by Legal Aid Queensland:
Legal Aid Queensland will only consider that an applicant cannot adequately represent themselves if the applicant meets the commonwealth legal aid service priorities - special circumstances of the applicant priorities.
The objection decision can be reviewed by the SSAT if it relates to an application to change the administrative assessment.
If the CSA have refused to make a decision because the period in dispute is more than 18 months earlier, then this can not be reviewed by the SSAT. The application needs to be considered for a Departure Application to court.
If the objection decision relates to an application to change the administrative assessment, and there are special circumstances of the case (one or more of 10 reasons are established) it would be unfair not to change the assessment.
There are 10 reasons for a change of assessment (section 117(2)).
Applications for review a decision made by CSA will be referred to the in-house family law team unless there is a conflict of interest.
The grant of aid to read material is CS8.
The grant of aid to apply or respond to proceedings in the SSAT is SS1.
A decision to refuse legal aid for this type of matter may be appealed to the external review officer (refer to review of decisions).
Last updated 15 December 2015