Application for exemption of fees – financial hardship

Note: This form cannot be used for divorce applications

Family Law (Fees) Regulations 2012 – Section 2.05

For approval for a fee exemption, you will need to show that your income, day-to-day living expenses, liabilities and assets are at such a level that payment of the full fee would cause you financial hardship.

In considering your application the Court may ask you to provide documentary evidence to support your claim. In this case your application will be returned to you with instructions as to what further information you need to provide in the ‘Notice of request for more information’ on page 3 of this form.

If you are applying for exemption from a court fee, this form must be lodged at the same time as the application being filed.

If you are applying for an exemption from a setting down fee or hearing fee, then these forms must be lodged once the hearing date is set. Your hearing date will be set at either a directions hearing or at a court hearing. 

An approval is valid only for the current court fee for which you are applying. If a further fee is payable you will need to reapply.

  • Cross boxes where applicable. Type or print clearly.
  • Attach an extra page if you need more space for any of the details requested
  • If your application for exemption is unsuccessful, you will be required to pay the full filing fee before your forms will be accepted.

Warning: Under the Criminal Code any person who knowingly makes an untrue representation or statement to obtain a benefit or advantage from the Commonwealth is guilty of an offence and, if found guilty, can be fined or imprisoned.

Note: Where there is more than one applicant to an application, all applicants must meet the requirements for an exemption or the full fee applies.

Exemptions only apply to court fees and do not apply to fees to serve documents on a person.

GST does not apply to court fees.