Government funding is available for people on low incomes to help you settle disputes about how you’ll care for your children.
This government funding pays for:
On this page:
For the purposes of this page, there are two key words: income and dependant.
Your income means your wages or salary as well as any benefits, interest or income received from a trust. It doesn't include debts, assets or your ex-partner’s income.
A dependant means:
A decision about whether you're eligible for funding is based on:
You're also eligible if you've qualified for family or civil legal aid in the past year.
This table indicates whether you're eligible for funding. It shows the most you can earn to qualify, but that maximum income varies with the number of your dependants.
|Number of dependants||Maximum annual income (before tax and any deductions)
|Maximum fortnightly income (before tax and any deductions)
|Maximum earnings over past 3 months (before tax and any deductions)
|0 (you have no dependants)||23,820.00||916.15||5955.00|
|1 (partner or child)||37,722.00||1450.85||9430.50|
|2 (partner and/or children)||54,245.00||2086.35||13,561.25|
|3 (partner and/or children)||61,642.00||2370.85||15,410.50|
|4 (partner and/or children)||68,882.00||2649.31||17,220.50|
|5 (partner and/or children)||77,002.00||2961.62||19,250.50|
|6 or more||Add $7124.00 for each extra dependant||Add $274.00 for each extra dependant||Add $1,781.00 for each extra dependant|
To apply for funding, you'll need to:
Your Family Dispute Resolution provider or Family Legal Advice Service lawyer has the application form and will help you fill it out. They also need to sign the form.