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Fee Exemption

Regulation 8 of the Federal Magistrates Court Regulations 2000 sets out when fees may be exempted.

If you are an individual, you will not have to pay a fee if you

  • have been granted Legal Aid
  • hold a health care card
  • hold a pensioner concession card
  • hold a Commonwealth seniors health card
  • hold another card issued by the Department of Family and Community Services or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • are an inmate of a prison or are otherwise lawfully detained
  • are a child under the age of 18 years
  • are in receipt of Youth Allowance or Austudy or
  • are receiving benefit under ABSTUDY.

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Fee exemption, waiver and refund

In some cases fees do not have to be paid.

Fee waiver

Regulation 9 of the Federal Magistrates Court Regulations 2000 sets out when fees may be waived.

A Registrar may waive the payment of a fee if, having regard to your income, day-to-day living expenses, liabilities and assets, he or she is satisfied that payment of the fee would cause you financial hardship. Get started with the 5 page application form by clicking here.

Links To Fee Exemption, Waiver And Refund Forms