Legal Financial Scheme
The National legal financial assistance scheme (the scheme) is active and available for applications. This has been updated on the Attorney-General’s Department’s website.
As stated on the website, the scheme can provide legal financial assistance for individuals or organisations in the following circumstances:
- They are called, or granted leave to appear, as a witness at a public or private hearing, or attend a private session (if the Royal Commission authorises legal representation to be present) of the Royal Commission.
- They are requested to attend or are attending an interview of the Royal Commission.
- They are requested to provide a written statement that will be used as evidence of the Royal Commission.
- They are required to comply with a notice to produce issued by the Royal Commissioner.
The scheme is independent of the Royal Commission, and is administered by the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD). To access the scheme, the person must be engaging with the Royal Commission in one of the above scenarios, and an application will need to be submitted to AGD (further information on this process is included on the AGD website). Individuals will not be means tested to be eligible for this scheme, while organisations will be assessed to determine whether it can meet the cost of its legal representation without incurring serious financial difficulty. Those accessing the scheme will also be able to use their own lawyer.
The Royal Commission’s website now also includes this information. Please feel free to also pass on this information to your own contacts.
If you have any further questions about the scheme, please contact Legal Financial Assistance Casework on 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. You can also email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org