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Means test indicator

The Means Test Indicator is a guide to whether you may be financially eligible for legal aid in those matters where Legal Aid NSW has a means test.

However, the results of the indicator do not guarantee that you will receive legal aid. This is because the indicator can only work out your eligibility based on the numbers that you enter for the means test, which looks at your income and assets. The means test is only one of the tests for eligibility for legal aid.

We also look at what you want legal assistance for and if you are likely to win your case (called a merit test). You will also need to pass other tests.

The information you enter is not saved, so it is completely confidential and anonymous.

As the indicator is a guide as to your eligibility under the means test only, you will still need to lodge an application for a grant of legal aid,  so that your eligibility can be fully determined by the Legal Aid NSW. In certain situations, you may believe that other factors should be considered in granting legal aid.

Our A to Z guide to policies gives you an indication of what type of legal matters we provide legal aid for.

If possible, you should try to get legal advice before you apply for legal aid. To find an advice service near you either call LawAccess NSW, on 1300 888 529 or search  for a Legal Aid NSW advice service near you.

If you are under 18 and in trouble with the Police, you can call the Legal Aid NSW Youth Hotline on 1800 10 18 10 for free legal advice.