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Annual Report 2015 - 2016

Financial overview


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

Total income for 2015–2016 was $273.2 million and expenditure was $283.4 million.

Funding from NSW Government was $152.8 million.

Funding from the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement was $74.6 million.

Where our money came from ($M)

State Appropriation including Commonwealth NPA funding22.7
Public Purpose Fund Grant31.3
Other grants6.7

How we spent our money ($M)

External legal services105.3
Grants and subsidies31.6

How we spent our money by program ($M)

Criminal law129.8
Family law79.9
Civil law39.6
Community partnerships34.1

Key developments

Our financial result was a deficit of $10.2 million which is $8.8 million more than the budgeted deficit of $1.4 million.

The deficit result arose from actuarial superannuation adjustments beyond our control.

We ended the year with net equity of ($7.1 million).

Payments of $105.3 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.

OBJECTIVE Excellence in legal services

Improving the way we work

Finance staff worked closely with stakeholders to ensure that Legal Aid NSW is in a robust financial position.

This year we developed our analytical systems and continued to streamline financial reporting, payment and receipt processing.

Payment of accounts

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

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.