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Australian Security Intelligence Organisation scheme

The Attorney-General may help a person summoned by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to appear before a prescribed authority for questioning.

Applications can be made to the department for grants to cover legal representation costs and related expenses.

Applications must be made in accordance with the terms of any authorisation that permits disclosure of information for the purpose of making an application for financial assistance.

Who is eligible?

The department will not, generally, grant funding to people who can meet the cost without incurring serious financial difficulty.

The department will not, generally, cover the cost of any legal fees or expenses incurred before an application is made.

How to apply

The application form is available below:

To submit an application form, post a completed copy with the required attachments to:

Assistant Secretary
Legal Assistance Branch
Attorney-General’s Department
3-5 National Circuit
BARTON ACT  2600

Assessment timeframe

Complete applications will be assessed within 28 days.
Incomplete applications will not be assessed and you will be notified if your application is incomplete.

Guidelines

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation scheme is administered under the Commonwealth Guidelines for legal financial assistance under s34ZX of the ASIO Act 1979, available here:

Please note that the guidelines are expressed to end when s34ZX of the ASIO Act ceases to have effect, unless revoked earlier. Section 34ZZ of the ASIO Act provides that Division 3 of Part III (including section 34ZX) will cease to have effect on 7 September 2018.

Legal financial assistance under the ASIO scheme will be provided in accordance with the department's cost assessment policy, available here: