(1) A person:
(a) who has instituted, or proposes to institute, a proceeding before the Commission or the Tribunal, or a proceeding before the Court under Part IVB, Part VI or section 163A, or under Part 3-5 or Chapter 5 of the Australian Consumer Law;
(b) who is entitled to participate, or has been permitted to intervene, in a proceeding before the Commission or the Tribunal; or
(c) against whom a proceeding before the Court has been instituted under Part IVB, Part VI or section 163A, or under Part 3-5 or Chapter 5 of the Australian Consumer Law;
may apply to the Attorney-General for a grant of assistance under this section in respect of the proceeding.
(2) Where an application is made by a person under subsection (1), the Attorney-General, or a person appointed or engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 (the public servant ) authorized in writing by the Attorney-General, may, if he or she is satisfied that it would involve hardship to that person to refuse the application and that, in all the circumstances, it is reasonable that the application should be granted, authorize the grant by the Commonwealth to the person, either unconditionally or subject to such conditions as the Attorney-General or public servant determines, of such legal or financial assistance in relation to the proceeding as the Attorney-General or public servant determines.
(3) In this section:
(a) a reference to a proceeding before the Commission is a reference to a proceeding in relation to an application for, or in relation to the revocation of, an authorisation under Division 1 of Part VII; and
(b) a reference to a proceeding before the Tribunal is a reference to:
(i) an application to the Tribunal for a declaration under subsection 50A(1); or
(iii) an application for a review of a determination, or of the giving of a notice, by the Commission.