- Concession card holders soon to have their eligibility for court and tribunal fee relief electronically verified
- New streamlined system means quicker and easier access to fee relief
The application process for court and tribunal fee relief is set to become simpler for those receiving Commonwealth assistance, with Attorney General John Quigley announcing that from July 22, 2018 an individual's benefit arrangements will be electronically verified.
Currently, individuals who hold a valid Commonwealth concession card, such as a health care card, or those in receipt of Commonwealth study assistance are entitled to have their court and tribunal fees reduced to 30 per cent of the standard fee.
They must make a formal application to the court of tribunal for recognition that they are eligible for the concession, a process that is considered unnecessary and an inefficient use of court resources.
From July 22, Court and Tribunal Services will implement technology into its case management system to establish an interface with the Australian Government Department of Human Services by which an individual's Commonwealth benefit arrangements can be electronically verified.
Comments attributed to Attorney General John Quigley:
"An applicant who is automatically entitled to fee relief by being eligible for certain Commonwealth assistance will no longer be required to lodge an application to the court or tribunal for such relief.
"The process as it exists is time consuming and unnecessarily onerous when it does not have to be. It is also an inefficient use of court resources.
"By streamlining the process, eligible applicants will no longer be required to fill out paper work and produce documents to prove that they are eligible for a concession, rather this will be done automatically via the new electronic system."
Attorney General's office: 6552 6800