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7. Means Test

7.4. Means Test structure

In order to satisfy the means test the applicant must satisfy three sub-tests.

  • income test
  • assets test
  • ability to pay legal costs test.

An income contribution is assessed on the applicant's income. An assets contribution is assessed on the applicant's assets. If the income contribution and the assets contribution together exceed the allowable amount for the type of matter, the applicant does not satisfy the Means Test, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: Any reference to the means of the applicant includes, where appropriate, the means of any financially associated persons.

Date Last Published: 19/02/2021