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Extended Legal Assistance (ELA)

Family - core areas of legal aid work

3. Care and protection

Extended Legal Assistance is available to assist clients with care and protection early intervention processes.

To be eligible for Extended Legal Assistance a client must satisfy the following eligibility tests:

  • The Means Test, and
  • Legal Aid NSW is satisfied:
    • the client is a person with a sufficient interest in the welfare of the child, and
    • the client is a vulnerable person.

Some examples of a person with a sufficient interest in the welfare of the child are:

  • a birth parent
  • a carer, member of kin or community such as a grandparent
  • a sibling.