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Applying for legal aid

Applying for legal aid


Grant of aid for legal assistance

Every person who contacts Legal Aid WA for help with their legal problem is assessed to identify the service which best suits their needs. If you require ongoing help from a lawyer, you will need to meet our eligibility criteria. Assessment for a grant of legal aid is made by applying the following three tests.

  • The means test determines whether you can afford a private lawyer. If you can afford a private lawyer, you will not be eligible for a grant of aid.
  • The type of matter test determines whether your problem is in one of the identified Legal Aid WA “priority” categories, or whether you can obtain appropriate assistance elsewhere.
  • The merit test determines whether you are likely to succeed in your case and whether providing aid to you will achieve what you want.

These tests are applied to every application for a grant of legal aid. You can find more information about the Conditions of a grant of legal aid here.   


You will need to contact Legal Aid WA or your lawyer to make an application for legal aid. If you do not have a lawyer, you can find a list of lawyers on the Legal Aid WA panel here. 



To find out more about applying for a grant of legal aid, you can call the Legal Aid WA InfoLine on 1300 650 579 or call into any one of our offices around the state. A member of staff will speak with you about your legal matter and your financial circumstances to assess if you are eligible for a grant of legal aid.

A grant of legal aid may not be the service you need. Legal Aid WA offers a range of other options to assist disadvantaged people with their legal problems. These include:

  • information and referral through the Legal Aid WA InfoLine
  • an appointment for a one off legal advice
  • assistance from a duty lawyer service.

For more information about applying for a grant of legal aid, you can call the Legal Aid WA InfoLine on 1300 650 579, call into any of the Legal Aid WA offices around the state, speak to a duty lawyer or contact your lawyer.  


Legal Aid WA also has a comprehensive website with information on a range of legal issues.


Last reviewed: 09/01/2015

Last modified: 4/11/2015 3:51 PM


The information displayed on this page is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should see a lawyer. Legal Aid Western Australia aims to provide information that is accurate, however does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information provided on this page or incorporated into it by reference.