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Legal Aid Schemes and Services Approval 2023

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The Legal Aid Schemes and Services Approval 2023 commenced on 22 September 2023.

It allows people who receive legal assistance from the providers listed within it to be exempt from court fees (e.g. document filing or service provision fees).

It applies to court fees payable in proceedings before the:

  • Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia.

The 2023 approval instrument updates the 2021 approval instrument to:

  • reflect organisational name changes
  • incorporate new legal assistance providers receiving government funding
  • remove providers that no longer exist or that no longer receive government funding.

Approved legal aid schemes and services

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd

Arts Law Centre of Australia

Animal Defenders Office

Australian Centre for Disability Law

Central Coast Community Legal Centre

Central Tablelands and Blue Mountains Community Legal Centre

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Far West Community Legal Centre

Far West Community Legal Centre Incorporated – Warra Warra Legal Service

Financial Rights Legal Centre

Gurehlgam Corporation Limited - Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

HIV/AIDS Legal Centre Incorporated

Human Rights Law Centre

Hunter Community Legal Centre Inc

Illawarra Legal Centre Inc

Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc

Inner City Legal Centre

Intellectual Disability Rights Service Incorporated

International Social Service Australia

Justice Connect

Justice Support Centre Inc

Kingsford Legal Centre

knowmore Legal Services Limited

Macarthur Legal Centre Incorporated

Marrickville Legal Centre

Mid North Coast Legal Centre

Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Inc

North & North West Community Legal Service Inc

Public Interest Advocacy Centre Inc

Redfern Legal Centre Ltd

Refugee Advice and Casework Service (Australia) Inc

Senior Rights Service Limited

Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre Incorporated

Shopfront Youth Legal Centre

Tenants Union of NSW

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC)

Thiyama-li Family Violence Service Indigenous Corporation

Welfare Rights Centre Ltd

Western NSW Community Legal Centre Inc

Western Sydney Community Legal Centre

Wirringa Baiya Aboriginal Women’s Legal Centre

Women’s Legal Services (NSW)

Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation – Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

Youth Law Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service (Victoria) - Djirra

AED Legal Centre

Anglicare Victoria (Gippsland Community Legal Service)

Animal Law Institute

ARC Justice – Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre and Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Ballarat and Grampians Community Legal Service

Barwon Community Legal Service Inc

Comm Unity Plus (Brimbank Melton Community Legal Centre - Community West Inc)

Consumer Action Law Centre

Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc

Environmental Justice Australia

Eastern Community Legal Centre Inc

Emma House Domestic Violence Services

First Step Legal Service

Fitzroy Legal Service

Inner Melbourne Community Legal

International Social Service Australia

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

Job Watch

Justice Connect

knowmore Legal Services Limited

Law and Advocacy Centre for Women Limited

Mallee Family Care (Murray Mallee Community Legal Service)

Mental Health Legal Centre Inc

Monash Law Clinics

Moonee Valley Legal Service

Northern Community Legal Centre

Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc

Refugee Legal

Senior Rights Victoria

Social Security Rights Victoria

South-East Monash Legal Service Inc

Southport Community Legal Service

Southside Justice Inc

Tenants Victoria

Upper Murray Family Care (Hume Riverina Community Legal Service)

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service


West Heidelberg Community Legal Service Incorporated

Whittlesea Community Connections Inc (Whittlesea Community Legal Service)

Women's Legal Service Victoria (also operates as Family Law Legal Service)

Young People's Legal Rights Centre Inc (Youthlaw)

Young Workers Centre

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Qld) Ltd

Aboriginal Family Legal Service Southern Queensland Indigenous Corporation

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia Ltd

Basic Rights Queensland Inc

Bayside Community Legal Service Inc

Cairns Community Legal Centre Inc

Caxton Legal Centre Inc

Central Queensland Community Legal Centre Inc

Encircle Community Services Ltd

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

First Nations Women's Legal Services Qld Inc

Gold Coast Community Legal Centre and Advice Bureau Inc

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre Incorporated

HUB Community Legal

knowmore Legal Services Limited

LawRight Inc

LGBTI Legal Service Inc

Mackay Regional Community Legal Centre Inc

North Queensland Women's Legal Service Inc

Northside Connect Inc

Prisoners' Legal Service Inc

Queensland Advocacy for Inclusion

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) Aboriginal Corporation

Refugee and Immigration Legal Service Inc

Suncoast Community Legal Service Inc

TASC National Limited

Tenants Queensland Ltd

Townsville Community Law Inc

Wide Bay Burnett Community Legal Service

Women's Legal Service Inc

Youth Advocacy Centre Inc



Aboriginal Family Legal Services

Aboriginal Legal Service of WA (Inc)

Albany Community Legal Centre Inc

Circle Green Community Legal

Citizens Advice Bureau of WA Inc

Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Fremantle Community Legal Centre

Goldfields Community Legal Centre Inc

Gosnells Community Legal Centre (Inc)

Kimberley Community Legal Services Inc

knowmore Legal Services Limited

Law Access WA

Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre

MIDLAS (Midland Information Debt and Legal Advocacy Service Inc)

Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre Inc

Peel Community Legal Services Incorporated

Pilbara Community Legal Service Incorporated

Regional Alliance West Incorporated

Ruah Legal Services Ltd / Mental Health Law Centre (WA)

South West Community Legal Centre Inc

Southern Aboriginal Corporation

Southern Communities Advocacy Legal & Education Service Inc (SCALES)

Street Law Centre WA Incorporated

Sussex Street Community Law Service

Welfare Rights and Advocacy Service

Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre Inc

Women's Legal Service WA Inc

Youth Legal Service

Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement Inc

Community Justice Services SA Ltd

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Family Violence Legal Service Aboriginal Corporation (SA)

JusticeNet SA Incorporated

knowmore Legal Services Limited

Northern Community Legal Service Inc

WestSide Community Lawyers Inc

Women's Legal Service (SA)

Working Women's Centre SA

Uniting Communities Law Centre

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Hobart Community Legal Service

Launceston Community Legal Centre Inc

North West Community Legal Centre Inc

Refugee Legal Service Tasmania

SiS Tasmania Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Service Inc

Tenants Union of Tasmania Inc

Women's Legal Service (Tasmania) Inc

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd

Canberra Community Law

Care Consumer Law

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Women's Legal Centre ACT & Region Inc

Central Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Unit

Central Australian Women’s Legal Service Inc

Darwin Community Legal Service Inc

Environmental Defenders Office Ltd

Katherine Women's Information & Legal Service Association

knowmore Legal Services Limited

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council

North Australian Aboriginal Family Legal Service

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Ltd

Top End Women's Legal Service Inc