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Annual Report 2017 - 2018

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 2017–2018 was $319.7 million and expenditure was $318.9 million.

Funding from the NSW Government was $149.3 million.

Funding from the Commonwealth Government under the National Partnership Agreement was $80.4 million.

Where our money came from ($M)

Funding received in 2017-18($M)
State Appropriation including Commonwealth NPA funding229.7
Public Purpose Fund Grant34.4
Other Grants44.3
Acceptance by the Crown Entity of employees benefits and other liabilities4.1
Interest and Other Sources7.2

How we spent our money ($M)

Employee Related Expenses127.9
External Legal Services107.5
Grants and subsidies50.2

How we spent our money by program ($M)

Criminal Law138.8
Family Law83.4
Civil Law43.0
Community Partnerships53.7

Key developments

Our financial result was a surplus of $0.3 million which is $0.1 million more than the budgeted surplus of $0.2 million. We ended the year with net equity of $51.8 million. Payments of $107.5 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.