Fee Exemptions and Reductions

You can apply for an exemption or reduction of the standard court fees.

To be eligible, you can show the Court that you either:

Whether it is a fee reduction or exemption depends on the type of fee. Divorce and nullity application fees can be reduced, and you can get an exemption for other fees.

Fee concession criteria

You are eligible for a fee reduction or exemption if:

How to apply

If you meet the criteria, you can:

If you are making a divorce or nullity application, you can apply for a fee reduction. If you apply online through the Commonwealth Courts Portal, you can apply for a reduction through that process. The fee reduction form is below:

For other fees, complete the fee exemption form:

Financial Hardship

To demonstrate financial hardship, you need to apply with the form below. If the Court approves your application, you will receive a fee reduction or exemption.

How to apply

If you are making a divorce or nullity application, you need to apply for a fee reduction:

For other fees, complete the fee exemption form:

Multiple applicants

If there is more than one applicant, all applicants need to be eligible. For example, if you make a joint application for divorce, both applicants would need to prove they meet the criteria, or the full fee would apply.

Deferring a fee

A Registrar can defer the payment of a fee if the matter is urgent, or if it would be unreasonable to require immediate payment due to the party’s financial circumstances.

More details are included on the application form below:

Requesting a fee refund

If you have paid for a hearing day or a conciliation conference and it doesn’t go ahead, (for example, because your case was settled or discontinued) you may be able to have the fee refunded. Setting down fees cannot be refunded, and hearing fee refunds require you to have given the court sufficient notice the hearing would not go ahead.

More details are included on the application form below:


Last updated: 16-Apr-2018

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