(1) For assessing costs on the standard basis, an Australian lawyer is entitled to charge and be allowed the costs under the scales of costs for work done for or in a proceeding in the court.
(2) The scales of costs are in—(a) for the Supreme Court and District Court— schedule 1 ; or(b) for Magistrates Courts— schedule 2 .
(3) For an assessment for Magistrates Courts on the standard basis, the scale in schedule 2 appropriate for the amount the plaintiff recovers applies.
(4) For an assessment for Magistrates Courts on the indemnity basis, the scale in schedule 2 appropriate for the amount the plaintiff claims applies.
(5) If the nature and importance, or the difficulty or urgency, of a proceeding and the justice of the case justify it, the court may allow an increase of not more than 30% of the Australian lawyer’s costs allowable on an assessment under the relevant scale of costs.
(6) A costs assessor has the same authority as the court under subrule (5) .
(7) The costs under the scales of costs for work done are inclusive of any GST payable in relation to the work.
(8) Unless the court otherwise orders, the costs are in accordance with the scale of costs in force when the costs were incurred.