Legal Aid NSW Policy Online
Document Type: Guideline
Chapter:14. Section 33 Payments

14.1 What are exceptional circumstances?

Section 33 payments can only be waived or reduced where Legal Aid NSW is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.

14.1.1 Exercising discretion to reduce or waive the section 33 payment

In deciding whether to exercise discretion to reduce or waive a section 33 payment, Legal Aid NSW must be satisfied that the applicant's financial considerations are exceptional when considered against other Legal Aid NSW clients. None of the following situations alone or in combination is considered to be exceptional circumstances:

14.1.2 Where the applicant has requested a reduction of the section 33 payment

Legal Aid NSW will only be satisfied there are exceptional circumstances where Legal Aid NSW is satisfied that the applicant for aid has no funds or is unable to access funds.

Legal Aid NSW may be satisfied that the applicant has no funds or is unable to access funds. This may include circumstances where the applicant:

See Guideline 14.2 for information on clients paying by instalments.

Date published: 30/01/2017

14.2 Paying the section 33 payment by instalments

Section 33 payments can be paid by instalments.

To arrange payment by instalments, contact the Accounts Receivable Unit (ARU) on; telephone 9219 5189.

Interest is usually charged on debts being paid by instalments once the thirty days has passed.

Section 33 payments may be reduced in exceptional circumstances. See Guideline 14.1.

Date published: 30/01/2017

14.3 What payment methods are available?

For inhouse clients the following payment options are available:



Date published 01/06/2015