Flexible forum test pilot extended

Flexible forum test pilot extended

Monday, 1 March 2021

Since 1 July 2019, Victoria Legal Aid and Legal Aid NSW have been trialling a more flexible application of the forum test for Commonwealth family law matters for applicants that reside along the NSW and Victorian border.

The forum test is a test that legal aid commissions across Australia use to determine which commission is responsible for providing a grant of legal assistance where a person lives in a state or territory that differs to the state or territory in which their legal matter is being heard.

The flexible forum test pilot arose from the Cross-border Justice Report which identified the need for us and Legal Aid NSW to work together more effectively to support the legal needs of people living along our shared border. The report recommended trialling a more flexible approach to applying the existing forum test for border communities.

The pilot has been extended to 30 June 2021 to enable an evaluation to be completed. Following the evaluation, a decision will be made as to whether the flexible forum test should be part of the forum test guideline on an ongoing basis.

More information

Read more about the flexible forum test pilot

For queries or feedback about the flexible forum test pilot, please email grants@vla.vic.gov.au.

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