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Native title respondent funding scheme

The Attorney-General’s Department helps native title respondents with their reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs incurred in native title proceedings. This assistance is provided under section 213A of the Native Title Act 1993 and the Native Title (Assistance from Attorney-General) Guidelines 2012.

Limited funding for native title officers is also available. For more information visit the native title officer funding page.

How to apply

To apply for legal financial assistance for legal representation costs and disbursements, use the following form:

To apply, email a completed copy of the application form to finass@ag.gov.au with the required attachments. If you cannot send your application by email, call the Financial Assistance Section on 1800 117 995 (free call) or 02 6141 4770 or email finass@ag.gov.au.

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

Information for lawyers

Legal costs and disbursements are paid in accordance with the department’s cost assessment policy:

Invoices are only paid on work undertaken. You must invoice the department directly by email to finass@ag.gov.au.

Complete invoices will be paid within 21 days. Incomplete invoices will be returned without being assessed.

More information

A fact sheet about the scheme changes commencing on 1 January 2014 is available below: