Zali

Legal Aid for Royal Commissions

National Natural Disaster Arrangements (GO3810)

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has been established to inquire and make recommendations on government coordination of, response to and arrangements for dealing with national natural disasters.

Legal financial assistance may be provided to an entity, including an individual, 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

• being requested to provide or comply with a notice to give information or a written statement that will be used as evidence of the Royal Commission, 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 a volunteer or former volunteer of a state or territory fire or emergency service who is not representing that organisation.

If your organisation has been called by the Royal Commission, 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.

The total grant amount is $750, 000.

Closes 31 August 2020

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Aged Care (GO2044)

The Attorney-General's Department may provide legal financial assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Legal financial assistance may be provided to an individual, body corporate, body politic, incorporated body or unincorporated body for their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs resulting from: 

  • being called, or granted leave to appear, as a witness for the Royal Commission, or
  • being requested to attend, or attending an interview of the Royal Commission, or 
  • being requested to provide a written statement 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 be able to meet these costs without incurring serious financial hardship. 

Total funds available: $9.622 million

Closes 12 November 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.