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Policy Bulletin 2019 / 5 (Extended Legal Assistance – Commonwealth Parole)

9 Apr 2019

The Legal Aid NSW Board has approved Extended Legal Assistance for Commonwealth Parole matters


In July 2018, the Legal Aid NSW Board approved the implementation of a new Service Type, Extended Legal Assistance (ELA). ELA is an extended legal service which includes taking carriage of a matter (or multiple matters) in an ongoing, representative capacity, but due to the nature of the matter/s it does not proceed to a court or tribunal, or the lawyer is not required to appear before a court or tribunal. Where minor assistance was previously provided as multiple discrete services to one individual client, these are now recorded and counted as a “representation service”. The policies approved at that time were for family and civil law matters. ELA is provided only on an inhouse basis.

The Legal Aid NSW Board has approved Commonwealth Parole matters being provided under ELA.

What has changed?

Commonwealth Parole matters will be conducted as an ELA service. ELA funding is available subject to the applicant satisfying the ELA Means Test and the ELA Merit Test. The service is only provided by the inhouse practice.

The Policy can be accessed on Policy Online - Extended Legal Assistance – Crime Commonwealth Parole matters.

Commencement date

ELA will be available to clients of the inhouse Criminal Law Practice from 8 April 2019.

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