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Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Decisions of the board 2017-2018

4 July 2017

  • Approved the Legal Aid NSW Plan 2017–2018.
  • Approved amending the eligibility policy so that clients receiving a Centrelink benefit are not required to verify their means where they have assets of less than $1,500.
  • Approved the internal budget for 2017–2018.

5 September 2017

  • Approved streamlining the process for complaints handling so that all complaints addressed to the Board of Legal Aid NSW are referred to the Chief Executive Officer for a response.
  • Approved consultation with the Law Society NSW and NSW Bar Association about the proposed fee scales for the Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas Reform.
  • Approved a new eligibility policy to reflect the changes made to the Road Transport Act 2013, which allows an applicant to apply to the Local Court for the removal of their licence disqualification.

7 November 2017

  • Appointed new members to the Legal Aid NSW Review Committee.
  • Approved the establishment of the Indictable Criminal Law Panel for solicitors appearing in committal matters under the Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas Reform.
  • Approved the fee scales for solicitors appearing in committal matters under the Early Appropriate Guilty Pleas Reform.
  • Approved the Legal Aid NSW Board Charter and Code of Conduct.

5 December 2017

  • Approved the Legal Aid NSW Elder Abuse Strategy 2018–2019.
  • Approved the revised Audit and Risk Committee Charter and the Internal Audit Charter.
  • Re-established the Crime and Grants Sub Committee to assist the Board in examining fees paid to private practitioners undertaking legally aided work.

6 March 2017

  • Approved the strategic initiatives for inclusion in the Legal Aid NSW Strategic Plan 2018–2023.
  • Approved the Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2018–2019.
  • Approved amending the eligibility policy so the means test and contributions policy do not apply to matters being dealt with under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

2 May 2018

  • Approved amendment to the civil law policy relating to coronial inquests so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are represented at inquests following a death in custody of a family member.

5 June 2018

Out of session meeting

  • Approved Community Legal Centres funding allocation for 2018-2019.

19 June 2018

  • Approved the Legal Aid NSW Plan 2018–2019.
  • Approved a new service type, Extended Legal Assistance to support clients with multiple legal problems.
  • Approved amending the criminal law policy so that legal aid is available in response to an application under the Terrorism (High Risk Offenders) Act 2017 (NSW).
  • Approved amendments to the eligibility policy so the means test does not apply to children seeking legal aid for criminal law proceedings.
  • Approved amendments to parts of the family law policy relating to adoption so that the policy targets the most disadvantaged clients.