Legal Aid NSW Policy Online
Document Type: Policy
Chapter:15. Grants to Community Legal Centres


15.1. Introduction

Legal Aid NSW has developed policies for applications for legal aid where legal services are provided by community organisations known as Community Legal Centres (CLCs).

Only organisations included in the Schedule can apply for a grant of legal aid. Where an application for legal aid is received from a CLC that is not included in the schedule, the application may be referred to the CEO who may add the CLC to the Schedule.

The policies concerning the granting and administration of legal aid which apply to any legal aid applicant will apply to a CLC in addition to the policies set out in this chapter.


Date Last Published: 21/12/2016

15.2. Grants of legal aid to community legal centres

15.2 What is included in a grant of aid made to a Community Legal Centre (CLC)?

A grant of legal aid made by Legal Aid NSW to a CLC covers disbursements only and does not normally include legal practitioner's fees. Legal practitioner fees are paid in specific circumstances as outlined in 15.4, 15.5 and 15.6 of this policy.

Where a grant of legal aid to a CLC does not cover legal practitioner fees this must be clearly stated in the grant letter.

Disbursements including counsel's fees, are paid at the normal legal aid rates to all CLCs listed in the Schedule.



Date Last Published: 22/12/2016

15.3. What policies applies to grants of legal aid to CLCs

Where legal aid is granted to a CLC listed in the Schedule, the policies which apply to applications for grants of legal aid and administering grants will apply to the grant of aid to the CLC. This includes:



Date Last Published: 22/12/2016

15.4. Paying legal practitioner fees to CLCs

Legal practitioner fees are paid at the normal legal aid rate where legal aid has been granted to the following nominated CLCs:

When granting legal aid to all other CLCs listed in the Schedule, Legal Aid NSW will only pay the cost of disbursements only, unless the CLC is included in the policy set out in sections 15.5 or 15.6 of this policy.


Date Last Published: 22/12/2016

15.6. Special arrangement with Marrickville, Western Sydney Community Legal Centre, Kingsford and Far West Community Legal Centres.

15.6.1 Legal practitioner fees - Marrickville and Western Sydney Community Legal Centre

Legal Aid NSW will pay legal practitioner fees to Marrickville and Western Sydney Community Legal Centre in accordance with the following policy.


When legal practitioner fees will be paid in grants of legal aid

Legal practitioner fees will only be paid for defended Children's Court matters.

When practitioner fees are paid for appeals or children's matters in higher courts

Legal practitioner fees in appeals to the District Court, or in other legally aided children's matters proceeding to higher courts, will be paid, if:

Invoices in relation to practitioner fees are to be submitted on a regular basis to Legal Aid NSW.

Applying for these types of grants of legal aid

Responsibility to notify former legal practitioner

In cases where Marrickville or Western Sydney Community Legal Centre is requested to act for a child in a defended Children's Court matter, and where the child:

Marrickville and Western Sydney Community Legal Centres must advise that legal practitioner as soon as possible or at least before the date of hearing that they are now acting on behalf of the child.


15.6.2 Legal practitioner fees - Kingsford Legal Centre

Legal Aid NSW will pay legal practitioner fees to Kingsford Legal Centre in accordance with the following policy:


15.6.3 Legal practitioner fees - Far West Community Legal Centre

Legal Aid NSW will pay legal practitioner fees to Far West Community Legal Centre in accordance with the following policy:


Date Last Published: 10/04/2017

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15.7. Funding allocation to Community Legal Centres

Legal Aid NSW may take into account the amount of legal practitioner fees paid to a Community Legal Centre (CLC) in legally aided matters when considering funding allocations to a CLC under the community legal centre funding program.


Date Last Published: 22/12/2016

15.8. Schedule of community organisations providing legal services covered by these policies



Date Last Published: 06/05/2019