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 Legal Financial Assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

Legal Financial Assistance for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has been established to consider the quality and safety of aged care services in Australia, to ensure services provided are effective and efficient.

For more information about the Royal Commission, including the terms of reference, visit the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety website.

Eligible for legal financial assistance

Legal financial assistance may be provided to an entity, as defined below, 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
  • being requested to provide a written statement 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.

For the purposes of this addendum, 'entity' is as defined in Section 2.1 of the Guidelines.

For certainty, 'entity' includes a person who is an employee or former employee of any 'aged care service' defined in the Letters Patent issued on 8 October 2018 who is not representing that entity.

Eligibility details are set out in the Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Further information is available below:

How to apply

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

If you cannot send your application by email, please contact the Financial Assistance Section on 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Assessment timeframes

Completed 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 are payments made

If a grant has been approved, payments are made by way of reimbursement to legal representatives after the work has been performed. The amounts that can be paid under grants is capped at maximum amounts, which are set out in the following documents

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 Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Further information about legal financial assistance

For more information, contact the Financial Assistance Section on 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 (between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday) or email finass@ag.gov.au.​