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Legal financial assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry has been established to consider the conduct of banks, insurers, financial services providers and superannuation funds (not including self-managed superannuation funds) to further ensure Australia's financial system is working efficiently and effectively.

For more information including the terms of reference, visit the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry website.

Eligibility for legal financial assistance

Entities and individuals may be eligible for assistance to cover reasonable legal representation and disbursements costs if they are:

  • called to appear at a hearing of, or attend an interview with, the Royal Commission, or
  • are issued with a notice to produce by the Royal Commission.

For these purposes, an entity is defined to include all entities or persons except:

  • a 'financial services entity' as defined in the Letters Patent issued on 14 December 2017 with 20 or more employees, or
  • a person representing such an entity.

A person who is an employee or former employee of any 'financial service entity' as defined in the Letters Patent who is not representing that entity, may be eligible for assistance.

Eligibility details are set out in the Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted by downloading the application form below and emailing a completed copy to finass@ag.gov.au with the required attachments:

If you cannot email your application, contact the Financial Assistance Section on 1800 117 995 between 8.30am–5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Assessment timeframes

Complete applications will be assessed within 21 days. Incomplete applications will not be assessed. You will be notified if your application is incomplete.

In the event that you receive less than 21 days notice of appearing or attending an interview, the department will endeavour to assess your application prior to your date of appearance.

How payments are made

If a grant has been approved, legal representatives will be reimbursed after the work has been performed. The amounts that can be paid under grants are capped at maximum amounts, which are set out in the following document:

Legal framework

The Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012 (the guidelines) establish the Royal Commission and Inquiries scheme:

The Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry modifies the operation of the guidelines.

This modification allows applications for legal financial assistance in relation to the Royal Commission and clarifies who is eligible for legal financial assistance:

Further information

For more information, contact the Financial Assistance Section on 1800 117 995 (between 8.30am–5.00pm, Monday to Friday) or email finass@ag.gov.au.

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