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Private lawyer delegations

The delegation

Under s.69 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW) (the Act), the Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid NSW delegates the functions vested in them under s.17 of the Act to specific Legal Aid NSW officers and private lawyers.

The CEO has given private lawyers on the Family Law Panel the delegation to determine under s 34 of the Act certain family law applications for legal aid. See Delegation Instrument at clause 3.36 for your delegation.

Resources for you

To help with determining your client’s application and to guide you through the process please ensure you consider the documents below. The documents marked with asterisk can be kept as a record of your decision and used as your aide memoire for any cross checking conducted by Legal Aid NSW.

File Notes - recording your reasons for decision (*)

Worksheet (*)

Frequently Asked Questions

During the three months training roll out we compiled all the questions asked during sessions into a FAQ for easy access and reading.


The training attendance is a requirement for all Family Law Panel lawyers. Please ensure you attend an on-line training session to understand the changes and the benefits for you and your clients.

To register, use your Grants Online account details to log into the Legal Aid Learning Management System (LMS), search for “Delegation changes for family panel lawyers” and enrol.

Upcoming training dates



Monday 20 Feb 2023


Monday 20 March 2023


Monday 17 April 2023


AnytimeOnline recording*

The February, March, April sessions will be facilitated online. A link will be emailed (from learning@legalaid.nsw.gov.au) within 24 hours of the scheduled start time. If you have any questions about changes to delegations, please send an email to delegation.questions@legalaid.nsw.gov.au

(*) If you are unable to attend the one of the sessions facilitated by Legal Aid representative, please use LMS to request enrolment for an online recording of the session.

Further information

Please send any enquiry to delegation.questions@legalaid.nsw.gov.au for advice/information about the delegation changes application and the process.