Current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members may be eligible for legal assistance, or financial assistance to obtain legal assistance, for matters related to their service with Defence.
Current and former ADF members may be eligible for Commonwealth financial assistance for civil or criminal legal proceedings in which they are involved, if the proceedings arise out of an incident related to their service with Defence, and they have acted reasonably and responsibly.
provision of financial assistance is discretionary. Approval is given on a case by case basis by a delegate within Defence Legal. This assistance does not include sourcing a legal representative.
The basis of financial assistance is the prospect of there being some benefit to the Commonwealth, such as:
In addition, assistance may be approved for current and former ADF members who are involved in inquiries and investigations, or who are required to respond to notices to produce documents or subpoenas, and it is related to an incident that occurred during their service.
Legal assistance is being centrally coordinated through Defence Counsel Services. All requests for legal assistance are to be forwarded to Defence Counsel Services to the attention of Ms Bianca Joyce on email: email@example.com.
Defence Counsel Services will acknowledge the receipt of all legal assistance requests and will: