Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme NSW

The Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme provides funding to primary producers and small businesses to help them deal with legal issues relating to the 2019/20 bushfires.

Application detail:

Apply at any time.

What you get?

Funding of up to $7000.

Who is this for?

NSW primary producers and small businesses.


If you are an eligible small business owner or primary producer, your solicitor can apply for funding of $2000 to assist you to resolve your legal matter arising from the 2019/20 bushfires, and up to $5000 for related expenses like expert reports. Additional funding is available in reasonable circumstances.

If you have more than one bushfire related legal problem your solicitor may receive separate funding for each problem.

The funding is available for legal issues including, but not limited to:

  • insurance disputes
  • commercial leases
  • contract disputes
  • planning and building law
  • local government disputes
  • entitlement to government grants and schemes
  • credit and debit
  • banking
  • fencing issues
  • property law
  • employment law issues for employers

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a primary producer or small business owner with a farm or business based in an eligible LGA
  • have a legal issue arising from the 2019/2020 bushfire season in one of the eligible LGAs
  • be able to demonstrate the merit of your application

How do you apply?

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply at Bushfire Legal Aid Scheme.