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Representing Witnesses before the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability

Expression of Interest:

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability will accept submissions and conduct hearings until 2022. Your Story Disability Legal Support (Your Story) provides legal advice, ancillary civil assistance, and facilitated referrals to people engaging with the Royal Commission.

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department funds a Legal Financial Assistance Scheme which pays for legal practitioners to assist people called by the Royal Commission to appear as a witness, attend an interview, or provide information to it. 

Your Story is inviting Tasmanian practitioners, law firms, and legal services providers to express interest in being included on its Referral List for Witness Representation. 

When a person doesn’t have a preferred lawyer to represent them, Your Story will refer them to the Referral List. Referrals may also be made by the Office of the Solicitor Assisting the Royal Commission.


Practitioners expressing interest for inclusion on Your Story’s Witness Referral List must meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of trauma informed practice training/CPD (minimum 4 hours)
  • Experience providing services to clients with disability or clients who have experienced trauma
  • Capacity to mobilise quickly
  • Ability to provide face to face legal service in Tasmania where appropriate

Expressions of interest should be sent to yourstory@legalaid.tas.gov.au Please indicate in your expression of interest how you meet the above criteria and in what areas you can provide a service. Please also note if you can provided services outside of Tasmania as well. Please provide your expression of interest by 30 October 2020.

Aid will not be granted or administered by Tasmanian Legal Aid. All assessments and administration will be managed by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Office. More information is available here.

Please direct any enquiries to yourstory@legalaid.tas.gov.au or call 03 6236 3800 and ask for David Cocker.