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Annual Report 2011 - 2012

Financial performance

The financial result for Legal Aid NSW was a deficit of $0.2 million which compares closely to the budgeted deficit of $0.9 million.


Total income for 2011–2012 was $243.6 million and expenditure was $244.7 million.

Funding from the NSW Government was $113.3 million.

Funding from the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement was $61.6 million.

Funding from other sources includes $44.8 million from the Public Purpose Fund, $14.2 million from Other Grants Received, $4.3 million from Interest, and $5.4 million from Other.


Our major expenses were:

  • employee related expenses of $91.2 million ($82.8 million in 2010–2011; and
  • payments to private lawyers of $100.3 million ($96.4 million in 2010–2011).

Total expenses for Legal Aid NSW are estimated at $243.4 million in 2012–13, an increase of 0.7% on the 2011–2012 budget.

Total expenses 5 year trend

The increase mainly relates to the increase in Employee Related Expenses (ERE) of $3.447 million, partially offset by the reduction in Grants and Subsidies.

The increase in ERE is primarily made up of escalation ($2.266 million), full year funding for new programs, new funding from the Public Purpose Fund for the Financial Hardship and Mortgage Stress Program and carry-over funding for the Keep Them Safe (KTS) - State Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

The reduction in Grants and Subsidies relates to Community Legal Centre Grants funded by the Public Purpose Fund to the Environmental Defenders’ Office (EDO) and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC). EDO and PIAC will directly invoice the Public Purpose Fund, beginning in the 2012–2013 financial year.

Surplus deficit 5 year trend

Budget outline 2012–2013
Operating Statement ($M)
Revenue (including government contributions) 242.7
Expenditure 243.4
Other Gains/Losses -0.2
Net Result -0.9
Balance Sheet ($M)
Current Assets 80.7
Non Current Assets 16.7
Total Assets 97.4
Current Liabilities 59.0
Non Current Liabilities 4.3
Total Liabilities 63.3
Net Assets 34.1
Equity 34.1