Legal assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements You are here Home Legal system Legal assistance services Commonwealth legal financial assistance Legal assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Skip side navigation In this section Legal system Access to justice Reducing the complexity of legislation Commonwealth Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse Administrative law Legislation Act 2003 Review of the Sunsetting Framework under the Legislation Act 2003 Regulatory powers Judicial Review in Australia consultation Administrative Review Council – Publications Alternative dispute resolution Dispute management in Australian Government agencies Civil Dispute Resolution Act 2011 Bankruptcy Constitutional law Courts Court appointments Structural reform of the federal courts Legislative design and scrutiny Legal assistance Commonwealth legal financial assistance Payment of costs certificates Overseas child abduction Disbursement support scheme Commonwealth public interest and test cases Scheme for overseas criminal matters involving the death penalty Special circumstances scheme Native title respondent funding scheme Native Title Officer Funding Scheme Australian Security Intelligence Organisation scheme Legal assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Legal assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Legal assistance for people engaging with the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements Community Legal Services Program National legal assistance data standards National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-25 National Self-Representation Service National Strategic Framework for Legal Assistance Specialist domestic violence assistance Resources National Indigenous Law Awards Native title Native Title Anthropologist Grants Program Native title claims and negotiations Future acts regime Public housing reports Office of Legal Services Coordination Legal Services Directions and guidance notes Purchasing legal services Engagement of Counsel Compliance and reporting Connecting government lawyers Personal property securities Statutory declarations Before you complete a statutory declaration Complete a statutory declaration Who can witness your statutory declaration Download a Commonwealth statutory declaration form Consultations and reviews Publications The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has been established to inquire and make recommendations on government coordination of, response to and arrangements for dealing with national natural disasters. Find out more about the Royal Commission, including the terms of reference and how to make a submission, on the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements website. Check if you are eligible Legal financial assistance may be provided to an entity, including an individual, 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 or complying with a notice to give information or a written statement that will be used as evidence of the Royal Commission, 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. An 'entity' can be a person who is a volunteer or former volunteer of a state or territory fire or emergency service who is not representing that organisation. If your organisation has been called by the Royal Commission, your organisation will be subject to an assessment of whether it can meet the cost of its legal representation without incurring serious financial difficulty. If you have been called in your personal capacity, you will be exempt from an assessment of financial circumstances. Apply for legal financial assistance To apply for assistance, download the application form below, and email a completed copy to firstname.lastname@example.org with the required attachments: Application form for legal financial assistance If you can’t email your application, call Legal Financial Assistance Casework on 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service and give 02 6141 4770 as the number you would like to call. What financial information to include in an organisation’s application An organisation must provide full details of its financial circumstances, including annual income from all sources, total value of assets and total balance of savings/shares. The organisation must attach supporting documentation (such as the last six months of bank statements, latest tax assessments, and/or annual financial statements) to the application. We treat all information you provide to us in confidence. Costs covered We will pay for reasonable legal representation and disbursement costs that you incur as a witness for the Royal Commission. These could include your solicitor's costs (such as attendance or preparation of documents) and disbursements (such as solicitor's travel, photocopying). Refer to the Assessment of Costs document for detailed information of what is payable and at what rate. More information about financial assistance is set out below in the Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. Decision-making process 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 and requested to provide missing information. If you receive less than 21 days' notice of appearing or attending an interview at the Royal Commission, the department will try to assess your application before the date of your appearance. How payments are made If a grant is approved, we will only pay after the work has been performed and you have made a claim to us. The Assessment of Costs sets the maximum amount that we can pay under grants: Commonwealth legal financial assistance - Assessment of costs Legal framework The Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012 establish the Royal Commission and Inquiries scheme: Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012 The operation of the guidelines is modified by the Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements: Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012: Addendum for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements More information For more information, refer to the Commonwealth Guidelines for Legal Financial Assistance 2012 and the above Addendum for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. To contact Legal Financial Assistance Casework: call 02 6141 4770 or 1800 117 995 (between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday) email email@example.com. If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment contact us through the National Relay Service and give 02 6141 4770 as the number you would like to call. Other assistance Office of the Royal Commission Royal Commission website Royal Commission Public Information Line – 1800 909 826 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Welfare and general enquiries Welfare or general enquiries about bushfire recovery efforts can be directed to: Lifeline’s dedicated 24 hour bushfire recovery support line on 13 HELP (13 43 57), or National Bushfire Recovery Agency which lists key emergency contacts and support entities. Community-based support services We acknowledge topics of the Royal Commission may cause distress to people wishing to participate. If you feel that you or someone you know is at risk of harm to themselves or others, please call: Lifeline Crisis Support on 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days), Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or In an emergency, call 000.