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Policy Bulletin 2019 / 3 (Civil Law Policy)

16 Jan 2019

From 2016 through to 2018, Legal Aid NSW undertook a review of the eligibility policies. The review involved consultation with staff from the Civil Law Practice and the Grants Division. The purpose of the review was to clarify certain aspects of the policy so its application is more consistent. The CEO has now approved these policy changes.

What has changed?

The changes to civil law policies include expanding the definition of a tenant, expanding the definition of a person in a special position of authority, guidance on applying the breach of civil liberties policy and the inclusion of correctional and forensic patients in Supreme Court Appeals in mental health matters. The changes also clarify the ADR guideline for alternative dispute resolution in Commonwealth matters.

The following policies have been clarified:

  • Loss of home [Policy 4.1]
  • Tenancy matters [Policy 4.3]
  • Breach of civil liberties [Policy 6.1]
  • Commonwealth discrimination matters [Policy 8.4]
  • Employment law matters [Policy 13]
  • Mental Health matters [Policy 15.12 and 6.15.17]
  • Guardianship matters [Policy 16]
  • Migration matters [Policy 18.2 and 6.18.3]
  • Centrelink matters [Policy 19.3]
  • Civil Law Guideline – [Guideline 3]


Contact for further information

Please contact the Client Eligibility Unit for any questions about the changes on aideen.mcgarrigle@legalaid.nsw.gov.au or 9219 5701.