The Family Law Property Mediation Trial – Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania

The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania is running a two-year Mediation Trial that will assist up to 50 separating couples divide property or debt.

The Mediation Trial targets couples with a net property pool of up to $500,000, excluding superannuation. It is for people who can’t afford a lawyer to help them with their property settlement.

Legal Aid may be granted to lawyers to represent clients and support them through the property mediation process. If agreement cannot be reached, lawyers will advise clients about their options and may apply for aid for court.

Most people wanting to participate in the Mediation Trial will be referred to private lawyers who do legal aid work.

Lawyers interested in accepting referrals for the Mediation Trial are requested to register their interest by emailing

The Mediation Trial has its own eligibility criteria and different income and assets tests. The Guidelines and the Work Items and Fee Schedule are available on the Legal Aid website.

Lawyers can apply for aid for a Mediation Trial through Legal Aid’s e-lodge system. A Mediation Trial Checklist also needs to be completed and sent to See Mediation Trial Checklist.

For more details see the guide for lawyers, which can be found on our website.

Queries about the Mediation Trial can be directed to Anthea d’Emden at