We have revised our special circumstances guideline to make it clearer, more consistent and easier for practitioners to apply.
The revised special circumstances guideline clarifies our existing approach and does not expand or restrict the existing eligibility criteria. The revised guideline also uses language that is consistent with our and legislative references have been updated and explained.
The revised special circumstances guideline:
- now clarifies that ‘special circumstances’ are only available where the matter falls within one of Victoria Legal Aid's other guidelines but does not satisfy all the requirements of that guideline
- uses the expression ‘reading or writing difficulty’ instead of ‘language or literacy problem’
- uses the phrase ‘serious mental health issue’ instead of ‘psychiatric disability’
- defines ‘reading or writing difficulty’ and ‘serious mental health issue’
- provides a definition of ‘intellectual disability’ that is consistent with the
- refers to the instead of the repealed Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic).
Reviewed 20 February 2023