Zali

Legal Aid for Royal Commissions

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 produced 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 30 April, 2020

Funding Guidelines

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 amount available: $20.089 million

Closes 30 June, 2022 

For more information, please email finass@ag.gov.au