Disbursement support scheme

The Attorney-General's Department provides assistance with the cost of legal disbursements in certain Commonwealth cases.

This scheme does not provide assistance with the cost of solicitor or barrister fees.

What is a disbursement?

Disbursements are costs associated with legal action, other than the fees paid to be represented by a solicitor or a barrister.

Examples include the cost of:

  • expert reports
  • obtaining court transcripts
  • expert witness fees.

Before applying

To apply for assistance, the expected cost of disbursements must exceed $500 (inclusive of GST).

We will not make a grant of financial assistance to cover the cost of any disbursements paid before an application is made.

No assistance is available for:

  • criminal matters
  • state or territory legal matters, or
  • overseas legal matters.

No assistance is available to people who are receiving, or are eligible for:

  • a grant of legal financial assistance from this department under another scheme, or
  • assistance from a legal aid commission.

Assistance will not generally be granted to people who can meet their overall legal costs without incurring serious financial difficulty.

How to apply

To apply, download an application form and email a completed copy to finass@ag.gov.au with the required attachments.

If you cannot send your application by email, contact the Financial Assistance Section.

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.

More information

Answers to frequently asked questions are available below:

More information is available in the department's guidelines:

Monetary limits apply to certain disbursements. More information is available in the department's cost assessment policy: