Current Grant Opportunity View - GO247
Financial Legal Assistance Schemes
The Attorney-General's Department administers a range of statutory and non-statutory legal financial assistance schemes.
Legal financial assistance schemes
Other legal financial assistance schemes
Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976, sections 54C and 74A
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, section 30A and section 69:
Australian Crime Commission Act 2002, section 27:
Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, section 46PU:
Competition and Consumer Act 2010, section 170:
Defence Force Discipline Appeals Regulations 1957, regulation 11:
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, sections 324(1) and 326(1), (4) and (5):
Freedom of Information Act 1982, section 66:
Judiciary Act 1903, section 69(3) and section 78B(4):
Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-vesting) Act 1987, subsection 6(7):
Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006, section 103 and section 221:
Privacy Act 1988, section 63:
Proceeds of Crime Act 1987, section 102:
War Crimes Act 1945, section 19:
The Attorney-General's Department cannot help people facing criminal charges in Australia or with legal matters under state or territory laws. For these matters, contact your local legal aid office.
The Attorney-General's Department will not generally grant funding:
- for Overseas legal actions, unless under
- the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme,
- the Overseas Child Abduction Scheme, or
- the Special Circumstances Scheme
- to people who can meet their legal costs without incurring serious financial difficulty
- for costs incurred before an application is made, unless the scheme allows for reimbursement.
Complete applications will be assessed within 28 days.
Incomplete applications will not be assessed. You will be notified if your application is incomplete.
Seeking a review of a decision
If you disagree with a decision (or any part of it), you may request a review in writing.
If a review is sought, the whole application will be considered by a decision maker who did not make the original decision. The written request must explain why you believe that the decision was wrong and must be received within 28 days of the date of the letter.
For more information on seeking a review please refer to the Decision Review - FAQ's and Request form available in GO Documents section.
The relevant documents in the GO Documents section are:
Disbursement Support Scheme
Disbursement Support Scheme Application
Disbursement Support Scheme Frequently asked Questions
Overseas Child Abduction Scheme
Legal Financial Assistance Application
Overseas Child Abduction Matters Additional Information
Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme
Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Application
All Other Schemes
Legal Financial Assistance Application
If you cannot email your application, contact the Financial Assistance Section on:
1800 117 995 (toll free in Australia), or
02 6141 4770 (charges apply).
Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance (Guidelines)
The Guidelines apply to all schemes and are available under GO Documents.
An addendum for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was added to the Guidelines.
The Legal Financial Assistance Assessment of Costs applies to all schemes and is available under GO Documents.
All applications for legal financial assistance are confidential, as explained in the Privacy - Legal Financial Assistance document which is available in the GO Documents section.
Information for lawyers
If assistance is granted for legal representation, the department is to be invoiced directly, by email to email@example.com.
Complete invoices are paid in approximately 28 days.
Incomplete invoices are returned without being assessed.
For more information see the Legal Financial Assistance - Assessment of Costs document under GO Documents.