Current Grant Opportunity View - GO358
Native Title Respondent Funding Scheme
The Attorney-General’s Department helps native title respondents with their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs incurred in native title proceedings.
This assistance is provided under section 213A of the Native Title Act 1993 and the Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2012 which are available in the GO Documents section.
The Legal Financial Assistance Assessment of Costs applies to the NTRFS scheme and is available in the GO Documents section.
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:
- 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:
Native Title Respondant Funding Scheme Application
Native Title Respondant Funding Scheme Fact Sheet
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).
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 in the GO Documents section.