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Annual Report 2014 - 2015

Financial overview


Legal Aid NSW receives its income as a grant from the Department of Justice. The grant comprises income mainly from NSW Government and Commonwealth Government. In addition income is received from the Public Purpose Fund, interest and client contributions.

Total income for 2014-2015 was $253.4 million and expenditure was $257.4 million.

Funding from the New South Wales Government was $131.3 million.

Funding from the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement was $64.6 million. This represents a 1.4 per cent increase on 2013-2014.

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Key developments

Legal Aid NSW’s financial result was a deficit of $4.4 million which is $0.9 million more than the budgeted deficit of $3.5 million.

We ended the year with net equity of $23.8 million.

Payments of $97.6 million were made to private lawyers, who provide legal aid services to our clients in partnership with Legal Aid NSW. These payments include disbursements for other professional services.

PRIORITY: Excellence in legal services

Improving the way we work

"The continuing operation of Legal Aid NSW depends upon strong financial management."

The continuing operation of Legal Aid NSW depends upon strong financial management. This year, we implemented a new purchasing card system to increase efficiency and to reduce risk. We continued to look at automating our paper processes.

Payment of accounts

We paid all accounts on time and were not required to pay penalty interest on any account.

Year ahead

Continue automating our paper processes and streamline our financial reporting.

Key challenge

Ensuring that we apply our funding to ensure the best possible services to our clients.

Credit card certification

In accordance with Treasurer’s Direction 205.01, it is certified that credit card usage by Legal Aid NSW officers has been in accordance with the appropriate government policies, Premier’s Memoranda and Treasurer’s Directions, and meets best practice guidelines issued by Treasury.