Means Test Review update

Means Test Review update

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Means test options

The options phase of the Means Test Review has commenced. An options paper will be released in April 2017 for public consultation. We anticipate significant interest in the options paper release. We want to hear your feedback at this time to assist us in creating a simpler and fairer means test.

A final report with recommendations will be put to our Board for its decision in August 2017. It is expected that any changes approved by the Board will be implemented from early- to mid-2018.

Maximising the opportunities presented by the review

A review of this nature does not occur often, so in order to maximise the opportunity presented, we have expanded the scope of the review.

Katie Miller, Executive Director Legal Practice says we haven't reviewed the test in 20 years and we may not get another opportunity to do so for years. We want to get this right.

‘We’ve taken the advice of the government and legal aid experts on the Review Steering Committee to present options that both refine the test we have now, as well as identifying the means test we could have, if and when more funding becomes available more. Ultimately, we want a fairer, simpler means test that better recognises who need legal aid,’ Katie said.

The review will now include options on other ways in which means could be tested. This will be in addition to options that will streamline and modernise the existing means test. The paper will also present a strategy for implementing a range of options in the future, if further funding becomes available to Victoria Legal Aid.

We welcome ideas and feedback on the options

Thank you for your patience and contribution to the review so far. We welcome your ideas and feedback on the options once they are released.

More information

For further information please contact Sharika Jeyakumar, Project Manager, Means Test Review on 9606 5253.