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Policies Table of Amendments

Table of Amendments
Date Policy name Changes Link to policy bulletin
14/08/2000 MEANS TEST WEEKLY HOUSING ALLOWANCE INCREASE to $230 for Sydney & $175 for other areas.
29/09/2000 NEW AGREEMENT NEW FUNDING AGREEMENT - NUMEROUS CHANGES TO POLICIES
1/12/2000 CARE MATTERS NEW POLICIES
18/12/2000 GUIDELINES DELETE REFERENCES TO EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
FEES NEW FEES SCALES FOR FAMILY AND CARE MATTERS
12/12/2001 SEVERITY APPEALS NO AID FOR SEVERITY APPEALS TO DISTRICT COURT IF NO CUSTODIAL SENTENCE UNLESS EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES EXIST
17/12/2001 VETERANS GENERAL AVAILABILITY OF AID; NO INITIAL OR FINAL CONTRIBUTIONS UNLESS COSTS AWARDED
1/06/2002 ADVO MATTERS CLAIMS BY RELATIVES, OTHER RESIDENTS OR CARERS ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES
28/01/2002 NEW POLICY MANUAL
19/12/2002 INTERNAL new managers, solicitor on record, Trust account
7/07/2003 ALL MATTERS NEW POLICIES IN VIEW OF CHANGES TO CRIMINAL LAW PROCEDURES
5/01/2004 CONTRIBUTIONS NEW POLICY ON CONTRIBUTIONS & S.46 PAYMENTS; minimum initial contribution in family/civil matters increased from $40 to $75.
31/03/2004 INTERNAL new managers, solicitor on record, Trust account
1/06/2004 PROCEEDS OF CRIME AID AVAILABLE FOR PROCEEDS OF CRIME ACT 2002; costs to be reimbursed from assets.
1/06/2004 PART 13A INQUIRIES AID AVAILABLE FOR PART 13A (CRIMES ACT)
26/05/2004 PUBLIC HEALTH ACT PUBLIC HEALTH ACT 1991 ORDERS - moved from criminal law to civil law matters; breaches of order remain criminal law matter.
1/09/2004 COMMITTALS COMMITTALS - LATE APPLICATIONS - aid available only in exceptional circumstances if application within 14 days of hearing date.
1/07/2005 NEW AGREEMENT NEW FUNDING AGREEMENT ON 29-3-2005 - numerous changes to policies
10/10/2005 MEANS TEST CENTRELINK MAXIMUM RATE BENEFICIARIES - automatic pass for income test,not assets test.
HUMAN RIGHTS PUBLIC INTEREST HUMAN RIGHTS MATTERS - new policies for availability of aid
3/01/2006 MEANS TEST Increases to means test thresholds and income eligibility upper limit from $190 to $217.
1/05/2006 prohibited employment Aid available for exemption applications under Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act."
1/05/2006 Serious sex offenders Aid available for preventive detention under Crimes (Serious Sex Offenders)Act 2006 National Security Information (Criminal & Civil Proceedings)Act 2004 restricting disclosure of information in legal proceedings."
4/07/2006 National security information Increase of fees & travel allowances for State crime and family matters and Commonwealth crime duty matters.
1/08/2006 FEES INCREASE Increases to means test thresholds and income eligibility upper limit from $217 to $269; the minimum initial contribution is $75.
1/08/2006 MEANS TEST Severity appeals to District Court to include suspended sentences.
1/08/2006 SEVERITY APPEALS Minor changes to service of Child Support Service
CHILD SUPPORT Updated policies for guardianship or financial management orders and appeals.
4/09/2006 MENTAL HEALTH Aid available for backup matters in District & Supreme Court (related offences)
1/12/2006 BACKUP OFFENCES Changes to policies for aid in de facto relationship property matters to be consistent with Commonwealth family property matters.
1/12/2006 DE FACTO MATTERS Aid available to contest application in local court for forensic procedure under Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2000.
2/04/2007 FORENSIC PROCEDURES Aid available for retrial under Crimes (Appeal & Review)Amendment (Double Jeopardy) Act
1/06/2007 RETRIALS Base hourly rate increased to $150 for State matters and Commonwealth duty matters
1/07/2007 FEES Policy for reassignment of in-house matters to or between private practitioners. Aid available for preventative detention order under Terrorism (Police Powers) act 2002"
1/07/2007 REPRESENTATION Aid available for hearings before Mental Health Review Tribunal in relation to Continued & Community treatment orders.
2/08/2007 PREVENTATIVE DETENTION Aid available for review & extension of treatment orders under Drug & Alcohol Treatment Act 2007 pilot for 12 months.
1/09/2007 MENTAL HEALTH Increase of means test thresholds and income limit to $318 and contributions.
1/09/2007 DRUG & ALCOHOL PILOT Increased fees for medico-legal assessments by psychologists & psychiatrists
3/09/2007 MEANS TEST Numerous changes to policies due to new Mental Health Act 2007.
1/12/2007 FEES Amended guidelines for child support and maintenance matters due to new Act.
28/11/2007 MENTAL HEALTH Waiver of costs cap for Magellan matters and changes to paternity guidelines.
31/10/2007 CHILD SUPPORT Albury - Wodonga Community Legal Service approved for legal aid.
1/01/2008 COST CAP Changes to policies for aid in Apprehended Domestic Violence matters and representation
17/03/2008 OTHER Housing equity threshold for family matters is $521,100 for home and $260,550 for each party.
31/03/2008 ADVO MATTERS Abolition of electronic lodgment fee of $80 paid to private practitioners in family law matters.
1/07/2008 MEANS TEST Aid available for restorative justice programs for pilot period of one year to 12/10/2009.
1/10/2008 OTHER Meaning of public interest" in various policies."
13/10/2008 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAMS Personal injury and medical negligence matters need to show special disadvantage as well as exceptional circumstances and undue hardship.
3/11/2008 OTHER Reduction of maximum hours in court per day from 6 hours to 5 hours; 50% loading for solicitor/advocates in care mattters removed.
1/12/2008 PERSONAL INJURY & NEGLIGENCE Changes to policies in State Care and Commonwealth family law matters.
5/01/2009 FEES & STATE CARE MATTERS De facto property & maintenance matters included in Commmonwealth family law policies.
9/02/2009 CARE & FAMILY Application of means test to government economic security strategy payments
2/03/2009 DE FACTO MATTERS Approval for extradition matters only by CEO.
5/03/2009 MEANS Fees for lump sum grants in care matters.
EXTRADITION Increases of fees in non-veterans' matters
9/11/2009 CARE Aid available for persons subject to or the proposed subjects of certain control orders.
3/05/2010 FEES Agents' fees and travel entitlements in care matters.
19/04/2010 CONTROL ORDERS Changes to policies due to amendments of Mental Health Act
24/05/2010 FEES Pilot for ADR in care proceedings and aid made available for conferences, mediation & care circles.
MENTAL HEALTH Alignment of consumer protection policies under new national consumer protection framework and ADR.
1/09/2010 CARE MATTERS Changes to criminal, family and civil law policies due to National Partnership Agreement from 1/7/2010.
1/09/2010 CONSUMER PROTECTION Changes to policies on publi interest human rights matters and the forum test.
1/09/2010 NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT Policy changes to clarify availability of legal aid for preventative detention orders and other orders.
6/12/2010 PUBLIC INTEREST HUMAN RIGHTS Aid available for parents or children in court proceedings relating to compulsory schooling orders.
15/12/2010 PREVENTATIVE DETENTION Extension of aid available for continuing detention and extended supervision orders
COMPULSORY SCHOOLING ORDERS
CONTINUING DETENTION & EXTENDED SUPERVISIONORDERS