Zali

Legal Aid for Royal Commissions

Legal assistance for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (GO3069)

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has been established to inquire and make recommendations on all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability.

The Australian Government is funding legal financial assistance to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with engaging with the Royal Commission.

Legal financial assistance will be provided for an individual and may be provided to an entity, for their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs resulting from:
•being called, or granted leave to appear, as a witness at a hearing of the Royal Commission, or
•being requested to attend, or attending an interview of the Royal Commission, or
•complying with a notice to give information or a statement in writing that will be used as evidence in the Royal Commission, and/or
•complying with a notice to produce issued by the Royal Commission, and
•where the entity, excluding an individual, would not able to meet these costs without incurring serious financial hardship.

An 'entity' can be a person who is an employee or former employee of any 'disability service ' who is not representing their employer.

If you have been called by the Royal Commission, in your personal capacity, you will be eligible for legal financial assistance.

If your organisation has been called, you may be eligible for legal financial assistance. The organisation will be subject to an assessment of whether it can meet the cost of its legal representation without incurring serious financial difficulty.

Total grant amount $20.089 million

Closes 29 April 2022

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Legal assistance for people engaging with the National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (GO4344)

The National Commissioner for Defence and Veteran Suicide Prevention (National Commissioner) has been established to inquire into suicides of serving and former Australian Defence Force members.

The Australian Government is funding legal financial assistance to individuals and entities to assist with meeting the costs of legal representation and disbursements associated with engaging with the National Commissioner.

Legal financial assistance may be provided to an entity for their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs resulting from:

  • being called, or granted leave to appear, as a witness at a public or private hearing of the National Commissioner, or
  • being requested to attend or attending an interview of the National Commissioner, or
  • being requested to provide a written statement that will be used as evidence of the National Commissioner, and/or
  • complying with a notice to produce issued by the National Commissioner, and
  • where the entity, excluding an individual, would not able to meet these costs without incurring serious financial hardship.

Legal financial assistance may also be provided to an entity for their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs resulting from:

  • being requested to attend or attending an individual or group interview with the National Commissioner, during the course of the Independent Review of Past Australian Defence Force and Veteran Suicides, and/or
  • being formally requested by the National Commissioner to provide a written statement during the course of the Independent Review of Past Australian Defence Force and Veteran Suicides, and
  • where the entity, excluding an individual, would not able to meet these costs without incurring serious financial hardship.

If your organisation has been called by the National Commissioner, the organisation will be subject to an assessment of whether it can meet the cost of its legal representation without incurring serious financial difficulty. If you have been called in your personal capacity, you will be exempt from an assessment of financial circumstances.

This grant is ongoing.

For grant guidelines, please click here.