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Annual Report 2016 - 2017

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 2016-2017 was $307.8 million and expenditure was $306.4 million.

Funding from the NSW Government was $146.1 million.

Funding from the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement was $76.6 million

Key developments

Our financial result was a surplus of $1.4 million which is $2.8 million more than the budgeted deficit of $1.4 million.

We ended the year with net equity of $51.5 million.

Payments of $107.9 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 works closely with stakeholders to ensure that Legal Aid NSW is in a robust financial position.

This year we further improved our analytical systems and developed our costing model.

Payment of accounts

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

Where our money came from ($M)

State Appropriation including Commonwealth NPA funding 222.7
Public Purpose Fund Grant 36.2
Other grants 32.8
Acceptance by the Crown Entity of employees benefits & other liabilities 6.8
Interest & other sources 9.3
Total 307.8

How we spent our money ($M)

Employee related expenses* 125.8
External legal services 107.9
Grants and subsidies 41.2
Other 31.5
Total 306.4

* The percentage of total employee-related expenditure that relates to senior executives was 1.9 per cent compared with 2.0 per cent last year.

How we spent our money by program ($M)

Criminal law134.9
Family law84.5
Civil law42.6
Community partnerships44.4

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.